Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka mapAglow Leader: Vasanthi Jaywardene
National Board President

Capital: Colombo

Pray:

Sri Lanka is a testimony to the power of God in government to crush chaos and take mountains. The nation was recently plunged into confusion, chaos and economic crisis due to a questionable announcements and decisions made by the President regarding the Prime Minister and Parliament and appoint a new cabinet. Supreme Court judges were appointed to look into these decisions headed by a Chief Justice who, as a Believer in Christ, stated they would abide by the principles of Micah 6:8. Questionable decisions have been overturned and the government is again being aligned according to their constitution. Order is being restored. Praise the Lord!

  • Declare that all influences of darkness are crushed. Declare the Peace of God will continue to bring order to chaos, wisdom instead of confusion and stability instead of economic crisis.
  • Pray for the President to hear the wisdom, righteousness and justice of God and godly counselors in making decisions that bless the nation. Pray for Christian parliamentarians as they stand up for justice and truth. May their voices will be heard and may they be protected. We proclaim righteousness on the mountain of government in Sri Lanka.
  • Pray for the judiciary that they will be filled with wisdom from heaven and courageous to make rulings that are just and right for the nation. Deuteronomy 1: 16, 17
  • Declare that political leaders, the judiciary and citizens are aligned with the purposes and promises of God.
  • Declare that spiritual leaders in the nation stand together in unity and the power of the Holy Spirit. Declare the power of God’s Presence in the Church of Sri Lanka guards all that is good and righteous and overflows with the Fruit of the Spirit to bless the nation.
  • God reigns in Sri Lanka!

Proclaim:

  • Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the LORD will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you. Isaiah 60:1,2 (NKJV)
  • Lift up your heads, O you gates! Lift up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, He is he King of glory. Selah Psalm 24:9-10 (NKJV)

Interesting Facts About Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka flagBackground: The first Sinhalese arrived in Sri Lanka late in the 6th century B.C., probably from northern India. Buddhism was introduced in about the mid-third century B.C., and a great civilization developed at the cities of Anuradhapura (kingdom from circa 200 B.C. to circa A.D. 1000) and Polonnaruwa (from about 1070 to 1200).

In the 14th century, a south Indian dynasty established a Tamil kingdom in northern Sri Lanka. The coastal areas of the island were controlled by the Portuguese in the 16th century and by the Dutch in the 17th century. The island was ceded to the British in 1796, became a crown colony in 1802, and was formally united under British rule by 1815. As Ceylon, it became independent in 1948; its name was changed to Sri Lanka in 1972. Tensions between the Sinhalese majority and Tamil separatists erupted into war in 1983. After two decades of fighting, the government and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) formalized a cease-fire in February 2002 with Norway brokering peace negotiations. Violence between the LTTE and government forces intensified in 2006, but the government regained control of the Eastern Province in 2007.

By May 2009, the government announced that its military had defeated the remnants of the LTTE. Since the end of the conflict, the government has enacted an ambitious program of economic development projects, many of which are financed by loans from the Government of China. In addition to efforts to reconstruct its economy, the government has resettled more than 95% of those civilians who were displaced during the final phase of the conflict and released the vast majority of former LTTE combatants captured by Government Security Forces. At the same time, there has been little progress on more contentious and politically difficult issues such as reaching a political settlement with Tamil elected representatives and holding accountable those alleged to have been involved in human rights violations at the end of the war.

Government Type: republic

Population: 21,675,648 (July 2013 est.)

Ethnic Groups: Sinhalese 73.8%, Sri Lankan Moors 7.2%, Indian Tamil 4.6%, Sri Lankan Tamil 3.9%, other 0.5%, unspecified 10% (2001 census provisional data)

Languages: Sinhala (official and national language) 74%, Tamil (national language) 18%, other 8%
Note: English, spoken competently by about 10% of the population, is commonly used in government and is referred to as the link language in the constitution

Religions: Buddhist (official) 69.1%, Muslim 7.6%, Hindu 7.1%, Christian 6.2%, unspecified 10% (2001 census provisional data)

Interesting Facts information from the cia.gov website. Read more about Sri Lanka

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