This week is an international focus on prayer for the persecuted church. Since the fall of Adam, God’s message has ignited a passion for those who love Him and aggression from those who reject Him. Scriptures recount many times when His faithful have been delivered from persecution as well as times when life was lost of those who were adding souls to the Kingdom. Even today, as we go through the motions of their daily lives, there are countless others who have surrendered their safety…their freedom…their family…their lives…to share God’s message in spite of those that persecute them.
As a church, we commit to a week of daily prayer (such a minimal offering) to those that persevere for the Gospel’s sake. Scripture guides us in the order of intercessory prayer that always begins with our confession of our own sins. Just as the Lord spoke at the completion of the Temple (2 Chronicles 7:14-16), we, who are called by His name should humble ourselves and pray and seek His face and turn from our wicked ways…He will hear from heaven and forgive their sins and restore their land. His eyes will be open and His ears attentive to every prayer. We are His Temple (1 Corinthians 6:19-20), a place where His name will be honored forever. He will always watch over us, for we are dear to His heart.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2ND
Whether praying for the named or unnamed, we know that God strengthens those that sufffer for His sake. Through our intercession on their behalf, we can mobilize the host of heaven to minister in specific ways during their imprisonment. Today’s prayer is for Christians around the world imprisoned for their faith. Pray that God would strengthen, protect and encourage them.
Some of the persecuted are familiar names to us like Saaed Abedini, but there are so many more that have not made headline news. You can also read about some of their stories here. And remember there are countless more whose stories are only known to God at this time. Pray scripture over their situations today:
Isaiah 40:28 – He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.
Philippians 2:16 – Hold firmly to the word of life; then, on the day of Christ’s return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless.
Job 6:10 – At least I can take comfort in this: Despite the pain, I have not denied the words of the Holy One.
Romans 10:11 – As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in Him will never be disgraced.”
1 Thessalonians 1:7-8 – And God will provide rest for you who are being persecuted and also for us when the Lord Jesus appears from heaven. He will come with his mighty angels, in flaming fire, bringing judgment on those who don’t know God and on those who refuse to obey the Good News of our Lord Jesus.
Acts 4:29 – And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word.
Remember to pray each day this week for the persecuted church. A daily email will go out as a guide for how you can be specific in your intercession. We may only see glimpses of the power of our prayers this side of heaven, but take comfort that every petition to our Father is heard! We can stand as Daniels and pray like he did in Daniel 9:17-23. Then have faith that God will respond the same way it’s written in verses 22-23: He explained to me, “Daniel, I have come here to give you insight and understanding. The moment you began praying, a command was given. And now I am here to tell you what it was, for you are very precious to God. Listen carefully so that you can understand the meaning of your vision.”