Friday, November 12, 2010

The Persecuted Church: International Day of Prayer

This week I have shared just a few of the countless stories of men and women of faith facing persecution, continuing to praise God and share the gospel at the risk of their lives, and counting it joy to do so.

I only touched on a few of the many restricted nations.

My hope is that this week your heart has been stirred to act on behalf of our church family around the world. I also hope that you have seen through these stories that the Holy Spirit is active and moving in the world today.

Voice of the Martyrs is a an organization committed to speaking up for the persecuted church. Their mission statement is as follows:

Serving the persecuted church through practical and spiritual assistance while leading Christians in the free world into fellowship with them.

I would encourage you to check out their website to learn more about these countries, how to pray, and how to help.

As this week comes to an end, I would like to share with you one way you can be a voice for the persecuted church today.

This Sunday, November 14th, is the National Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. I would challenge you to contact your pastor and request that a few moments be set aside during your church service to join with our family near and far in prayer for the persecuted church. Resources for the IDOP can be found here.

And here is how we are asked to pray (taken from the VOM website):

Our persecuted family is not asking us to pray that the persecution will stop. They’re asking us to pray they will remain faithful to Christ in spite of the persecution and pressure they face.

I will leave you with these words from Hebrews chapter 13 verse 3:

Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.

No comments: