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ICC Note: Christians in Indonesia are gathering together to pray like never before. Despite only making up a small portion of Indonesia’s 242 million people, reports from a 24/7 prayer project indicate that Christians from a wide variety of backgrounds, including Protestants and Catholics, are fervently participating in prayer for the world’s largest Muslim majority nation. While most Christians are able to practice their faith freely, last year saw an alarming number of churches forcibly closed by local governments after radical Islamic groups protested outside of the churches. If anything though it appears that persecution has brought out an even more determined and resolute church body. 
8/2/2013 Indonesia (Charisma) – A powerful prayer movement is rising in the world’s largest Muslim nation. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, Indonesian Christians intercede for their country.
It was a scene never witnessed before in Indonesia’s history.
“I don’t know another nation on earth like Indonesia where the church has become so passionate and united in prayer,” Tom Victor, with the American-based Great Commission Coalition, said.
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Last year, more than 9,000 Christians from around the world descended on the Indonesian archipelago for a massive prayer gathering led by scores of Indonesian churches united to see the name of Jesus Christ lifted.
Dr. Bambang Widjaya was a key architect of the event.
“We can see the zeal, not only among the evangelical or Pentecostals, but also in the mainline churches and Catholic that we need to spread the Good News of Christ all over the country,” Widjaya said.
Global prayer leaders were amazed at the Indonesian believers’ unity in praying for their country and the world.
“I just think the Father is looking out on the corridors of heaven and he’s saying, ‘Hey, Jesus, come here. Look! Look! Look down at Indonesia,” Victor exclaimed. “Hey, they are really loving each other, they are getting it, and they are fulfilling your prayer. Hey, watch this.”
“And he’s blowing [His Holy Spirit across the country] and everything is going to a new dimension, something we don’t understand in the natural,” he continued. “There’s favor, there’s faith, there’s grace and they are transforming a nation.”

Nearly 13 percent of the globe’s Muslims live in Indonesia, making the island nation home to the world’s largest Muslim population.
Located between the Indian and Pacific Oceans in Southeast Asia, Indonesia boasts a thriving economy and is one of the key political power houses in the region.
“For years we’ve been praying for our government, the media, and young people. We’ve also prayed for better relations between Christians and Muslims. God is answering those prayers,” Petrus said.
And Christianity is growing despite the occasional reports of Muslim harassment.
Christians credit the massive prayer movement that’s connecting some 500 Indonesian cities with more than 5 million intercessors with giving them a deeper passion to see the nation and the world won for Jesus.

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