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Pakistani Prisoner in Urgent Need of Prayer


Pakistani Prisoner Zafar Bhatti

We've reported extensively here at CBN News about the status of Iranian-American Pastor Saeed Abidini. Our viewers and readers have expressed great interest about his health and well being as Saeed's imprisonment in Iran continues. Many have signed a peititon demanding his release.

Now, a Christian contact in Pakistan has requested that I share an urgent prayer request for another Christian prisoner. This one is from Nawaz Sharif Colony in Lahore.

Forty-five-year-old Christian Zafar Bhatti has suffered in prison since July 2012. He's charged with committing blasphemy under Pakistan's 295-C law. If convicted, Zafar could be sentenced to death.

Zafar is accused of sending blasphemous cell phone text messages to an Islamic cleric. Problem is, Zafar is illiterate and would have no way of knowing how to write a text message.

The Pakistan contact says Zafar survived an assassination attempt in prison March 31. Apparently poison was placed in his food, causing him to bleed from his nose and mouth.

Here's a portion of the email sent to me about Pakistani Christian prisoner Zafar Bhatti:

"Muslim prisoners told him he would be forgiven (for the alleged blasphemy incident) if he accepted Islam. But he refused to accept Islam. Muslim prisoners are trying to kill him... and are saying they will tell jail authorities that he is using bad language about Prophet Mohammed. Zafar's sister says 'everyday Muslim prisoners come around Zafar and call him kafar (infidel) and use bad language against him and Christianity.' They are giving him mental torture. Zafar's life is in danger in jail."

Zafar's wife, Nawab Bibi and his sister Farzana are asking that Christians around the world "Please pray for Zafar's strong faith, for his safety and soon release."

So be it.

There are no petitions being signed on his behalf, and few members of the media are telling you about him. But Zafar Bhatti--like Saeed Abidni--is equally deserving of our prayers and help.

May God be with him and his family.

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# RE: Pakistani Prisoner in Urgent Need of Prayer

Did you notice the Superbook "The Fiery Furnace" ad right next to this article? I hope that is a sign from heaven. Am praying.
Left by Cheryl Ford on Jul 18, 2013 12:27 AM

# RE: Pakistani Prisoner in Urgent Need of Prayer

Praying for both men to be released in Jesus name, Amen
Left by Heather444 on Jul 20, 2013 2:21 PM

# RE: Pakistani Prisoner in Urgent Need of Prayer

Lord, please let your children that are in prison be released from Satan's hold, In Jesus Name. They belong to you not the enemy and has no legal right to hold them. Please stand in the gap for them and anyone else that needs it there as well. You came to set the captives FREE. PLS tell satan to let your people go!!!Bondage and anything contrary to your will and Spirit has no place in their lives any longer. Asking Lord that you would call in Supernatural freedom by Grace in Jesus. You already paid the price so they wouldn't have to. We declare it, decrea it and it is so Now in Jesus name! Praise you Lord for what you are going to do to bring Glory to your Name! Thankyou sooooo much Lord, In your precious name JESUS the Christ. Bless all the enemy with more of your righteousness so they get freedom too. thank you for your mercy that is new every morning.
Left by KK on Jul 22, 2013 3:07 PM