Day 25

The Release of The SPIRIT

 

The Persecuted Church

 

Pray for the Persecuted Church

Conflicts around the world are our present day reality. Jesus said that wars and rumors of wars would mark the end times. We cannot pray them away, so how do we pray? We pray for wisdom for national leaders and for the effectiveness of international diplomacy. We pray for Christ’s living church in nations in conflict, that it will be strong and that believers, in spite of suffering, will walk through the open doors that war creates to minister to others and share the hope of the gospel.

 

Beyond the conflicts between nations or within nations, there is an even more pervasive worldwide conflict—the war against followers of Christ in the persecuted church. There has been more persecution in the twentieth century than the previous nineteen centuries combined, and most of it against Christians. Every day believers are being arrested, raped, tortured, and killed for the simple reason that they will not renounce Christ.

 

These are our brothers and sisters in the Lord. I personally know a college professor with a PhD in mathematics who has languished in prison in a foreign country for years because of his Christian faith and influence. My friend has also been leading people to Christ in prison.

 

This reminds us to pray that the persecuted church will suffer in a way that honors the Lord, experience the supernatural, sustaining presence of the Holy Spirit, and carry a bold witness for the gospel of Jesus Christ without bitterness or hatred toward its tormentors.

 

Pray the Scriptures:

Philippians 1:12–14

Colossians 4:2–4

2 Corinthians 12:9, 10

Hebrews 13:3

 

Focus Today:

As you pray for the Christians of the persecuted church today, use the Lord’s Prayer as a model. Pray that their daily provisions will be met, that they will forgive their persecutors, that they will not fall into temptation, and that they will experience supernatural intervention.

 

And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear. (Philippians 1:14)”

 

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