The second Sunday of November (yesterday) was the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. Here are some links and information about the persecuted church that I posted a couple days ago. What that post lacked was some ways to pray for our suffering brothers and sisters around the world. Here are seven, with their scriptural bases. I hope you pray accordingly this week.
- Pray that the church families of persecuted believers would not be ashamed to associate with them but would joyfully minister to them (Hebrews 10:34).
- Pray for believers who are facing threats, that God would give them wisdom to know when to stand (Acts 14:19-20; 21:10-14) and when to flee (Matthew 10:23; 2 Corinthians 11:32-33).
- Pray that the Holy Spirit might give persecuted believers the supernatural ability to love their enemies with sincerity (Matthew 5:43-48).
- Pray that the enemies of the gospel would be convicted and attracted by the love of Christ seen in the submission and suffering of the persecuted church (1 Peter 2:12-13).
- Pray that antagonistic governmental and religious officials would be saved or hindered from hurting the church (1 Timothy 2:1-4).
- Pray that believers in more comfortable places would not forget our suffering brothers and sisters (Hebrews 13:3), but that we might lift them up however we can (Matthew 25:35-36).
- Pray that God might turn persecution for good by spreading the gospel through the suffering church (Acts 8:1-4).
On the other hand, how do you think we should pray for the non-persecuted church, especially when you consider this verse?