One of the most effective forms of support for the Persecuted Church is without doubt prayer... if you have a heart for prayer and want to start praying regularly for the persecuted church OR if you would like to start a prayer group of people praying then we’d love to hear from you!
If you’re wondering ‘Why Prayer Matters?’ then check out this story from Brother Andrew!
Not long ago I was in a Christian town which was totally destroyed in one night by a wild Muslim mob, leaving 10,000 - 20,000 Christians homeless, and all their possessions ruined. We had a big gathering of Christians and Muslims right afterward, and we spoke about forgiveness and reconciliation.
Why? Because life goes on even during and after presecutiion. We have to look for those opportunities, not just the needs, not just the crises, but the opportunities and solutions that God gives to those who are dedicated to Him.
On that same day, I received a telephone call from the main Imam (Muslim Leader) of that country. He said, "Brother Andrew, can you please come and pray with me? I am very sick." So I decided to take a local pastor with me who had just been released from prison - a man who had suffered because of Muslims. Together, along with other members of our Open Doors team, we went to see him. There I explained exactly who Jesus was. I gave testimony of my personal faith in Christ.
Then I began to pray and I laid my hands on this Imam. As I was praying I felt a hand on top of my hand. It was the pastor who had just come from prison. What a perfect illustration of the teachings of Jesus: Pray for those who persecute you.
Christians have an answer in those situations that the world does not know anything about. As followers of Christ, we must take a bold step: we must shed the 'enemy image' we have of those who persecute us. The moment we have an enemy image of anyone, God's love can no longer work through us to reach them!
We must pray for and even love those who hate us.
So in reality, the way Christians live out their lives before others is the most powerful message we can share. It far transcends the words or methods we may try to employ to impact a needy world in the face of the challenging question, "Who is God?"
Christians must be able to point to our hearts and say, "Here is God! He lives in me. And I am willing to die for Him and I'm also willing to die for you, because that's what He did for us on the cross at Calvary."
Nothing else will work in this age of confrontation unless and until every Christian is not only willing to give their lives, but one day actually does it.
I challenge the Christians of the world to pray for their persecuted brothers and sisters, to act on their behalf and to live out the life of Jesus in this needy world around us.
Only then will we see a radical change in the lives of people. Only will we see the love of Christ replace the hatred of this world.
If you’re inspired by this but don’t know where to begin, we’ve included some of the major prayer needs for the persecuted church, spend some time reading, studying and praying through the themes and verses below.
For their physical protection and deliverance.
(Matt 26:39, Acts 12:5, Philip 1:19, Phil 22, Rom 15:30-31)
That they will see God's grace as sufficient and God's power perfected in their weakness.
(2 Corinth 12:9-10)
That they would love Christ's appearing all the more.
(2 Tim 4:5-8, Heb 11:35)
That they will rejoice in sharing the sufferings of Jesus so that they will rejoice even more when Christ is revealed.
(Heb 10:34, Matt 5:12, 1 Peter 4:13, Rom 5:3-5)
That they will endure.
That will choose ill-treatment and the reproach of Christ, and not the pleasures of sin.
(Heb 11:24-26, 1 Peter 4:1, Heb 5:8)
That they will love Christ far more than life itself.
(Rev 12:10-11, Acts 20:24)
That they will love their enemies.
That they do not enter into temptations - an easy possibility under the stress of persecution.
That they will rejoice that they are considered worthy to suffer for His name.
That they will remember they were made for such persecution.
(Acts 14:22, Philip 1:29)
That they will live the joy of the Lord before their persecutors.
(Acts 16:25, Philip 1:28)
That they will remember their future glory.
That they would learn to completely trust in God.
(2 Corinth 1:8-9)
That they would rejoice that they bear in their bodies the 'brand marks of Christ.'
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