New Ebooklet: Special Report on Renewing Our Mind About Real PersecutionOctober 25, 2017
Every first week of November, the Church comes together for an International Day of Prayer for the persecuted church. For many American Christians the reality of the global church is a distant one. Aside from breaking news or an occasional missions Sunday, we may know very little about the testimonies of Christians in restricted countries and so we have no idea how to pray alongside them.
We have a special report on persecution. Download it here:
For more, read our series with global organizations working alongside persecuted Christians.
Persecuted for the faith series:
For Christians living in hostile and restricted nations, they EXPECT persecution once they make the decision to follow Christ wholeheartedly. They know—even from the first moments after they come to Christ—that there will be a price for their decision. And so they enter into the faith ready for persecution to come and having already decided that the price they may pay is worth it.
The number one request we get from persecuted believers is not for us to help remove them from their trials but for prayer! Many facing persecution consider their circumstances a great opportunity to share their faith, so they request our prayers that they would stand strong. We ask people around the world to pray that those facing persecution remain steadfast in hope and continue to live in God-honoring ways, despite the turmoil and sorrow around them.
As we’re commanded in Hebrews 13:3, we must remember those who are mistreated as if we were suffering with them. Pray for peace in the regions of turmoil. Pray that humanitarian aid would be organized and sustained in an effective manner. Pray that security and military forces responsible for maintaining safety of Christian communities are cooperative and effective in doing their jobs. Pray God’s provision and encouragement for Christians rebuilding or living in refugee situations. Pray that the Western church would be awakened to the plight of our brothers and sisters in the Middle East and come to their aid.