Pray for the persecuted church – THURSDAY

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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. Now for today, we pray God will enable persecuted Christians to witness for Him, even witness to their persecutors.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH

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It is when we are weak, that we are made strong.  The apostle Paul knew about God’s grace working in his own weakness.  And he knew that in his weakness, the power of Christ worked through him.  Let’s pray for the power of Christ, written about in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, will shine through the weakness of those persecuted.  Pray that they will have the testimony of Paul and Silas, who were a testimony to the city jailer and were presented the opportunity to lead him to Christ (Acts 16:22-34).

Suggested scriptures to pray:

1 Peter 2:15 – It is God’s will that your honorable lives should silence those ignorant people who make foolish accusations against you.

1 Corinthians 13:7 – Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

Psalm 45:9-11 – My enemies will retreat when I call to you for help. This I know: God is on my side! I praise God for what he has promised;
yes, I praise the Lord for what he has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?

Acts 26:16 – Now get to your feet! For I have appeared to you to appoint you as my servant and witness. Tell people that you have seen me, and tell them what I will show you in the future.

Revelation 2:13 – I know that you live in the city where Satan has his throne, yet you have remained loyal to me. You refused to deny me even when Antipas, my faithful witness, was martyred among you there in Satan’s city.

Isaiah 49:13 – Sing for joy, O heavens! Rejoice, O earth! Burst into song, O mountains! For the Lord has comforted his people and will have compassion on them in their suffering.

John 13:34-35 – So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.

God ordains every encounter; and every encounter is an opportunity to share the Gospel.  But how can they call on Him to save them unless they believe in Him? And how can they believe in Him if they have never heard about Him? And how can they hear about Him unless someone tells them? (Romans 10:14).  Never underestimate the impact of the Gospel on those that persecute His people.

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