Pray for the persecuted church – SUNDAY

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Monday was prayer for Christians around the world imprisoned for their faith. Praying that God would strengthen, protect and encourage them.

Tuesday was prayer of God’s protection over pastors and evanglists spreading the gospel message in restricted and hostile nations.

Wednesday, our prayers were for God’s provision and encouragement for families of Christians who have been killed for living out their faith in Jesus.

Thursday, we prayed God will enable persecuted Christians to witness for Him, even witness to their persecutors.

Friday was prayer for the provision and safe delivery of Bibles to believers in hostile and restricted nations.

Saturday, we prayed for radio, television and internet ministries sending God’s Word over and through ‘closed’ borders.  Pray the Holy Spirit will bring much fruit for their work.

Today {Sunday} completes our 8 days of prayer for the persecuted church with praying government officials in hostile and restricted nations will come to know Jesus Christ personally and follow His will for their lives.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH

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While this is the end of an 8-day focus on the persecuted church, the hope is that we have developed a burden for the persecuted church that becomes a permanent part of our prayer lives.  Scripture gives us examples of how prayer and fasting change the trajectory of unbelief among pagan nations.

  • Daniel’s prayer and fasting in Daniel 9 for deliverance from the Babylonian exile
  • The cries of the Israelites in Exodus 3 and the raising up of their deliverer, Moses
  • The salvation of the city of Nineveh in Jonah 3

Our intercessory role for the persecuted church cannot be relegated to one week a year.  The evil one is active in our world today and he can only be cast out by prayer (Mark 9:28-29).

Scriptures that we have prayed all week long apply to today’s focus as well.  Go back and revisit them in your prayer time.  Ask God to show you other verses that speak into the situations of persecuted Christians and lost people groups.

I will leave you with one last verse as we prayerfully lift up the persecuted church going forward.  Ephesians 6:12 – For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

resources:  www.persecution.comwww.prisoneralert.com; www.idop.org;www.opendoorsusa.orgwww.biblegateway.com