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 circa 250 B.C., and the first kingdoms developed at the cities of Anuradhapura (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 Portuguese controlled the coastal areas of the island in the 16th century followed 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. Prevailing tensions between the Sinhalese majority and Tamil separatists erupted into war in July 1983. Fighting between the government and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) continued for over a quarter century. Although Norway brokered peace negotiations that led to a ceasefire in 2002, the fighting slowly resumed and was again in full force by 2006. The government defeated the LTTE in May 2009.

During the post-conflict years under President Mahinda RAJAPAKSA, the government initiated infrastructure development projects, many of which were financed by loans from China. His regime faced significant allegations of human rights violations and a shrinking democratic space for civil society. In 2015, a new coalition government headed by President Maithripala SIRISENA of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and Prime Minister Ranil WICKREMESINGHE of the United National Party came to power with pledges to advance economic, governance, anti-corruption, reconciliation, justice, and accountability reforms. However, implementation of these reforms has been uneven. In October 2018, President SIRISENA attempted to oust Prime Minister WICKREMESINGHE, swearing in former President RAJAPAKSA as the new prime minister and issuing an order to dissolve the parliament and hold elections. This sparked a seven-week constitutional crisis that ended when the Supreme Court ruled SIRISENA’s actions unconstitutional, RAJAPAKSA resigned, and WICKREMESINGHE was reinstated. In November 2019, Gotabaya RAJAPAKSA won the presidential election and appointed his brother, Mahinda, prime minister.

Government Type: presidential republic

Population: 23,044,123 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnic Groups: Sinhalese 74.9%, Sri Lankan Tamil 11.2%, Sri Lankan Moors 9.2%, Indian Tamil 4.2%, other 0.5% (2012 est.)

Languages: Sinhala (official and national language) 87%, Tamil (official and national language) 28.5%, English 23.8% (2012 est.)

Religions: Buddhist (official) 70.2%, Hindu 12.6%, Muslim 9.7%, Roman Catholic 6.1%, other Christian 1.3%, other 0.05% (2012 est.)

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

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