International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

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  1. LittleBluestem

    LittleBluestem New Member

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    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
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    Today is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. As a human rights issue, the persecution of Christians dwarfs all other forms of religious injustice. If I remember right, some 25 million Christians suffer discrimination, harassment, and death on account of their faith.

    You can learn more at the following web sites:
    International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church 2007 - www.idop.org/
    IDOP Canada - www.idop.ca/
    IDOP New Zealand - www.idop.org.nz/
    Prayer for the Persecuted Church (U.S.) - www.persecutedchurch.org/

    A PRAYER FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH
    based on Hezekiah's prayer (2 Kings 18 & 19)

    It is true, O Lord, that Islamic fundamentalists and militants are struggling for Islamic ascendancy and seeking the subjugation and even annihilation of the Church where they have control or exert influence. Therefore Christians living in increasingly radicalised or Islamised Muslim communities are suffering unprecedented repression, persecution and threat.

    It is true, O Lord, that totalitarian religious and political dictators, threatened by the increasing openness of the age, are repressing all opposition and anything else that threatens the status quo as they fight for their survival against all odds. Therefore Christians living under such regimes are systematically harassed, intimidated, persecuted, beaten, imprisoned and killed.

    It is true, O Lord, that in newly independent nations and emerging democracies religion is being increasingly exploited by the politically ambitious. Therefore Christian minorities are coming under attack from traditionalists as well as Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu nationalist militants and even neighbours incited to fear and hate them.

    O Lord, while we pray for protection and deliverance, also be at work in us, purifying, sanctifying and unifying your Church.


    We appeal to you concerning the incitement and threats of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri along with all other national and local fundamentalist and imperialistic Islamic organisations in the world.

    We appeal to you concerning the incitement of India's Hindu nationalist ideologues in the Sangh Parivar, the BJP and VHP as well as the threats and violence of the Hindu nationalist militants in the RSS and Bajrang Dal. We also present to you the militant Buddhist nationalists of Sri Lanka.

    We appeal to you concerning state leaders whose political ambition, belligerence, totalitarianism, megalomania, religious intolerance or racism hurts your people: President Aleksandr Lukashenka (Belarus), Muslim President Haris Siladjzic (Bosnia), General Than Shwe (Burma/Myanmar), President Hu Jintao (China), President Fidel Castro (Cuba), President Isaias Afewerki (Eritrea), President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (Papua, Indonesia), President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the wider Iranian administration along with the Ayatollahs and Revolutionary Guards (Iran), the 'Dear Leader' Kim Jong-Il (North Korea), President Choummaly Sayasone (Laos), Colonel Moammar al-Ghadafi (Libya), President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom (Maldives), Northern Nigeria's Sharia governors, the ruling royals and the religious establishment of Saudi Arabia, Islamic rebel leader Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys (Somalia), President Omar el-Bashir and Islamist ideologue Hassan al-Turabi (Sudan), President Islam Karimov (Uzbekistan), President Nguyen Minh Triet (Vietnam), President Robert Mugabe (Zimbabwe).


    We ask you O Lord our God to encourage, preserve, strengthen and deliver our repressed, persecuted, terrorized and threatened Christian brothers and sisters. In nations wracked by war and turmoil, protect, defend, sanctify, strengthen and unify your Church so she may emerge in days of peace and liberty to be a remnant that takes root and bears fruit. May those who seek to silence, subjugate or eradicate the Church be frustrated and turned back.

    We also pray for the terrorists, militants and dictators themselves, and ask you O Lord to display your 'arm' for the benefit of the Church. We pray for judgment and for mercy, for you are a just and merciful God. May the Church be able to say of them as was said of the Apostle Paul, 'The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.' (Galatians 1:23)

    For the sake of your kingdom and glory, AMEN.[This Message was Edited on 11/14/2007]
  2. fivesue

    fivesue New Member

    I prayerfully agree with you and seek God's divine protection of His church in lands where persecution is rife.

    Amen.

    Sue