International Day of Prayer for Persecuted Christians

Today is the International Day of Prayer for Persecuted Christians. As a church, it’s our mission to love God, love people, and change the world, and to do so, we can’t forget our persecuted brothers and sisters around the globe. In Hebrews 13:3, we’re told, “Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.” On this day, let’s love on those we don’t know--our Christian brothers and sisters who are being persecuted for their beliefs--by lifting them up in prayer. 

Let’s pray for our brothers and sisters being persecuted. For strength to endure the physical, emotional, and spiritual pain. For courage to share their faith and story with their tormentors. And for hope in believing that God sees them, is with them, and will never leave them.

Let’s pray for the families of those being persecuted. For support of local and international families and organizations, to come and offer aid during their darkest of hours. For safety and security from the mobs and governments who oppose their beliefs. For peace in knowing that God has them in the palm of His hand and that someday all will be restored. 

Let’s pray for those who are persecuting. For God’s amazing love to penetrate the calluses around their hearts, that they may know they are cared for by the Creator of all things. For righteousness to break through, so these may see the deep error in their ways. For grace, that they might find it in themselves, from those they’re persecuting, and from God. 

In all this we pray.

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