International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Discussion in 'Spirituality/Worship' started by LittleBluestem, Nov 12, 2006.

  1. LittleBluestem

    LittleBluestem New Member

    Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.
    ~ Hebrews 13:3

    Today is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. Its primary focus is the work of intercessory prayer and citizen action on behalf of persecuted communities of the Christian faith. They also encourage prayer for the souls of the oppressors, the nations that promote persecution, and those who ignore it.

    There are actually more Christians being killed for their faith today than at any other time in history (partly due to population size). When harassment of and discrimination against Christians are factored in, the persecution of Christians dwarfs all other forms of religious injustice.

    You can learn more at: www.idop.org/ (See especially the Global Overview)
    & www.persecutedchurch.org/ (U.S.A. site)
    “Christians should get into the habit of watching or reading the news with their minds questioning, ‘How does this affect the Church,’ and with their hearts praying, ‘Lord, how does this make you feel?’ This will help us understand the times (Luke 12:54-56) so that our prayers can be intelligent, strategic and valuable. There is nothing worse than the Church not showing up for spiritual battle simply because it doesn't know where the front line is!”
    ~ Elizabeth Kendal
    [This Message was Edited on 11/12/2006]
  2. LittleBluestem

    LittleBluestem New Member

    ‘I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in
    whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call to the Lord, who is
    worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.’ (Psalm 18:1-3 NIV)

    O Lord our deliverer, deliver us from evil.

    Sovereign Holy God, we marvel at your work amongst the nations and we trust you. As we bring our
    requests to you, please forgive our sins, overlook our weaknesses and hear and answer our prayers for the
    sake of your Kingdom and glory.

    We pray today for our brothers and sisters who live with sadness, trauma and fear; and who live with daily
    hardship, discrimination and persecution because they have taken your name and are Christians in a world
    that hates Christ.

    We bring before you our persecuted brothers and sisters whose lives and security are daily under threat.
    We bring before you especially those who are imprisoned and those who are branded ‘apostate’ and
    sentenced to death because they have turned to Jesus.

    Lord our deliverer, deliver them from evil.

    We bring before you our persecuted brothers and sisters whose lives have been shattered by religious
    repression, violent religious hatred and jihad, as they now face the daily struggle to maintain faith, hope
    and grace to forgive, as Satan attacks their hearts and minds.

    Lord our deliverer, strengthen their faith and deliver them from evil.

    We bring before you those who through ignorance, blindness, demonic interference and sin have set
    themselves against your Church, and yet are merely sinners in need of the Saviour.

    Lord our deliverer, convict them of sin and deliver them from evil.

    We bring before you all those who profess Christ and yet are soft, luke-warm, un-caring, un-regenerate,
    fearful or lazy. Lord, may your Spirit awaken, revive, reform and embolden us all to seek and embrace
    your call upon our lives as ambassadors for Christ, no matter what the personal cost.

    Lord our deliverer, forgive us our sins and deliver us from evil.

    We pray to you, the only living God, the sovereign Almighty God for whom nothing is impossible. We ask
    that you the God of Peace [Hebrews 13:20] will intervene in the conflicts in this world. We especially pray
    that you will ‘frustrate the ways of the wicked’ [Psalm 146:9] and disrupt, expose, and destroy terror
    networks and the illegal trade in weapons and ammunition. Put an end to this trade in death; shatter its
    foundations and strike its roots; disrupt its progress and starve it in the field, for the sake of your Kingdom
    and glory.

    Lord, may your Spirit embolden and compel your Church to preach the whole gospel. May conviction of sin
    abound, may righteousness spring up, may persecutors of the Church be transformed into preachers of the
    gospel [Galatians 1:23], may liberty fill the earth so the sower may overtake the reaper [Amos 9:13], and
    may all who see it rejoice in the Lord.

    We thank you for your grace and mercy.

    Deliver us from evil O Lord our deliverer,
    so we may live to serve you,
    for the sake of your kingdom and glory.
    In the name of Jesus. AMEN.

    [This Message was Edited on 11/12/2006]
  3. morningsonshine

    morningsonshine New Member

    Thanks for posting this!
    And all the other replys!
  4. Pottersclay

    Pottersclay New Member

    There is a magazine called : "Voice of the Martyr" I am not sure of the web address. voiceofthemartyr.org? It talks about the persecuted church world wide. We think we have been persecuted for sharing our faith...persecuted nothing! They have been persecuted. Many have lost their lives, tortured, imprisoned, etc... in the name of Jesus Christ.