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[Today’s Prayer] Assam, India, controversies over Christian healing prayer laws being passed



A controversial bill prohibiting Christian healing prayers in the Indian state of Assam has sparked debate. The bill, passed on February 26th, awaits approval from President Droupadi Murmu before it becomes law.


According to Christian Today UK, citing the Catholic media Crux, the "2024 Assam Healing Practices Bill" imposes harsh fines and imprisonment on those practicing what it terms "magical healing."


The bill defines "inhuman, evil, or magical healing acts" as illegal, with violators facing up to 5 years in prison or fines of up to 100,000 rupees (approximately $1,640).


The Chief Minister of Assam has reportedly expressed support for the bill, calling it a significant milestone in suppressing evangelism within the state.


Local Christians fear the bill may set a precedent for the introduction of anti-conversion laws to target Christians in other states.


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A partner of Open Doors stated, "This bill puts missionaries and Christian communities at risk, noting that “it provides religious groups with opportunities to make false claims against Christians and their organizations, particularly targeting Christian communities in Assam.”


He also added, “Violence against Christians in nearby Manipur could spread to Assam. Please pray for the northeastern states of India. It was once a haven for Christians, but now it is in danger due to constant news of persecution.”



For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God (2 Timothy 1:7-8)

We praise the Lord for giving the souls of India not a heart of fear but a heart of power, love, and self-discipline.


We pray that the heart of the Lord, who extends his healing hand to those who are suffering and groaning, will be poured out throughout Assam, India.


Lord, as we pray together, please break the power of Satan that is blocking the gospel and prayer in this land.


We believe that God has saved the people of Assam, India and called them to a holy calling. Let Indian Christians not have a heart of fear, but only preach the gospel according to the power of God.


Even if the world blocks them from praying, help them to become Christians who do not give in but overcome and stand up with faith.


Though they are imprisoned and suffer with the Gospel, may they continue to testify unto Lord, fulfilling what God has intended for from eternity.


May you grant greater revival along with suffering in the state of Assam, so that the people of India can rise up to prepare the way of the Lord's return.

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Apr 20

Amen 🙌

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