Lord Jesus Christ, we want to bring to you today our brave brothers and sisters in Afghanistan, who have made the dangerous decision to leave Islam and follow You in the full knowledge that it could cost them their lives. You know each one and their own particular situation, whether they have endured much already for their faith, or whether they have kept it secret and live with the anxiety of being discovered. Although they can not meet together for fellowship, praise or prayer today, we ask that You Holy Spirit to each one to bring them the comfort of Your presence and to teach them how to walk with You. We pray also for the elections taking place in Afghanistan on Wednesday 30 September that You will raise up representatives to the House of People who will be used by You to govern their country with wisdom and justice, even though they do not know You. Please intervene and stop any violence that the Taliban leaders may be planning at election time. We ask all these things in Your Name.