Yesterday was the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. Hebrew 13:3 says “Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body”
Sometimes we refuse to listen to the stories of our brethren who are experiencing persecutions or read or watch videos about them because it’s depressing. But instead of focusing on the physical things why not try to think about the victories they have, their willingness to suffer instead of denying Christ, their willingness to advance the Kingdom of God in spite of the hardship they’re experiencing. Sometimes we are so comfortable in the four corners of our church that we don’t care anymore what’s happening outside, sometimes we think that our prayers don’t make a difference, remember this, our God is listening to every prayer that we utter and oftentimes the only help that we can offer to them is our prayers. May we always remember our brethren in our prayers.
Pray that God may empower our brethren to advance His kingdom even when they are inside the prison.
Pray that their persecutors will come to know the Lord.
Pray that even though they are inside the prison, the joy and peace of the Lord be with them always, that in spite of their situation they can still sing songs and praise the Lord, that they can still share the gospel to their fellow prisoners.
Pray for their family for provision, for protection and that their faith will be strengthened.
Pray for the members of the church that they will increase in boldness to share the Gospel while their leaders are imprisoned.
Today is the second day of the 14 days of prayer for the persecuted church. Prayer focus: A court in Algeria acquitted Christian converts Hocine and Salem of the charge of “non-compliance with a precept of Islam” Pray God will use the case to strengthen his church and further the gospel in Algeria. For more information, click here.
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