In 1997 Brother Andrew of Open Doors was the first recipient of the World Evangelical Alliance’s Religious Liberty Award, recognising his lifetime of service to the persecuted. In receiving the award, Brother Andrew stated that “only through mobilising the church to pray for those who are persecuted for their faith in Christ, will we see a significant shift in the involvement in their plight.”
Do you believe his words? Do you believe that because of your earnest prayer our Father would resolve a complicated anti-church lawsuit in country x or save a pastor from a beating in country y?
Christians around the world are celebrating the day of prayer for persecuted Christians during the week of November 5-12. Would you also pause for a moment to pray a prayer for those in danger and in need of divine intervention for their faith in Christ Jesus?
Let us pray for the persecuted Christians
We come to you in the name of Your precious Son, Jesus Christ, in whose name we have courage to enter your throne room of grace. Today we pray for our brothers and sisters, who, like Paul and Silas in Acts 16:25, are suffering in the hands of their persecutors. Lord, in Acts you gave those suffering incredible faith and joy that helped them to see beyond what was evident, but who burst out into prayer and singing. Lord, we too ask that those suffering would not lose their faith, but that they would find comfort in prayer. Meet them in their pain, poverty and burden.
In Acts, there were other prisoners who listened and pondered about the meaning of Paul and Silas’ songs. We too pray for those who are witnessing the courage of innocent Christians to begin the search for their Creator also. But Lord, in Acts 16, You intervened powerfully by shaking the foundations of the prison and opening the doors in a triumphant way. We too ask that You would mercifully enable our suffering brothers and sisters to be acquitted, rescued and relieved.
Lord, we do not call on revenge on their tormentors who do not know what they are doing, but we ask instead, that they would become like the jailer in Acts 16 whose position was changed and who now was pleading: “What must I do to be saved?” May our brothers and sisters have the right words to clearly point to you, as you have promised (Lk 12:11). May salvation come to persecutors also, and may enemies become friends.
We pray that as these ambassadors of our faith find Your grace sufficient for them, it would be so for their families also (2 Cor 12:9). Please meet the needs of families where the breadwinners are disabled or imprisoned, where parents are separated from children, slandered in their communities. In this time of war and violence, dear Lord, we beg that you grant them their daily bread, shelter, peace and tranquility. Shelter the children from emotional harm and bitterness.
Our Father, we also pray for our own maturity. Teach us what it means to become over-comers by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of our testimony as suffering believers have. Help us learn that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us in our heavenly home (Rom 8:18).
In the name of Jesus Christ, our Saviour,