Delhi: The Capital City

October 31st, 2018 by

15 Days of Prayer for the Hindu World – Day Four

Delhi is an ancient city, well known for serving as a capital of the Mogul Empire, and after 1911 as the capital of the British Raj as well. New Delhi continued as the capital city of India upon its independence in 1947. The names Delhi and New Delhi are often used interchangeably. With a population of well over 29 million people, Delhi is the most populous city in India and one of the most important cities of the 21st century. The United Nations has predicted that New Delhi will become the world’s most populous city by about 2028.

Delhi is a Gateway City for the Hindu world. Peoples from all over the country have made it their home, with the majority being Hindi-speaking Indians from the north. Delhi sits on the large Hindi belt that stretches east to west across India. One can find numerous Hindi variations and dialects, and hundreds of unreached Hindu people groups from all strata of the caste system.

The majority of Delhi’s rich and powerful belong to higher castes, but in recent years political power has increasingly shifted towards the middle castes. Hinduism itself has become a politicized topic. There as a strident right wing opposed to the moderate teaching of Gandhi and the founders of modern India.

Paul wrote to Timothy, regarding those in power saying, “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way” (1 Timothy 2:1–3).

Ways to Pray:

  1. Pray for those involved in the government of India, that they will serve the nation honorably and be blessed as they do so.
  2. In times of great change, people are more open to new things. Pray that as Hindus migrate to the Delhi area, they would encounter Christ and make the most signiÿcant change of all by choosing to follow Him.
  3. Pray for the gospel of Christ to impact the Hindu elite of Delhi, that they would become ambassadors for Christ to the nation and beyond.

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