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International Day of Prayer for Persecuted Church

Sunday, Nov. 5, is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP).
Churches across the United States and around the world will join in prayer for our persecuted brothers and sisters.

Here is the Voice of the Martyrs’ Slideshow Presentation, which churches will use to help inspire every Christian to pray for our persecuted family members.

The Video Slide Show includes ways we can pray for our persecuted Christian family.

We went in and added music to the Slide Show, and the Voice of the Martyrs’ address is at the end of the presentation.

How often we write of the freedoms we enjoy, and the price paid for our freedom. Let us pray for those who don’t have this freedom, and for those who persecute them.

Not just on Sunday, November 5th, but, as with our freedom, let us pray, every day, for those who don’t have freedom … to continue, every day, to “Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in
the body” (Hebrews 13:3)

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November 1: International Day of Prayer for Persecuted Church

Next Sunday, November 1st, has been designated as “International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.”

I can’t implore you strongly enough to pray, every day, for our Brothers and Sisters in Christ, around the world, who are being persecuted for their faith in Jesus. I urge you to include these men, women, and children, and their families and churches, as part of your daily prayers.
We must, every day, heed the words of Hebrews 13:3:
“Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; [and] them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.”

When we pray for those in prison for their faith, we must remember that the gospel came to us in letters written from jail.

Here’s a look at the facts, from The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission:

“Christians are the most persecuted religious group worldwide. An average of at least 180 Christians around the world are killed each month for their faith. (Source: Open Doors USA)
Christians in more than 60 countries face persecution from their governments or surrounding neighbors simply because of their belief in Christ. (Source: U.S. Department of State)
One of the worst countries in the world for the persecution of Christians is North Korea. With the exception of four official state-controlled churches in Pyongyang, Christians in North Korea face the risk of detention in the prison camps, severe torture and, in some cases, execution for practicing their religious beliefs. North Koreans suspected of having contact with South Korean or other foreign missionaries in China, and those caught in possession of a Bible, have been known to be executed. (Source: Christian Solidarity Worldwide)
In 41 of the 50 worst nations for persecution, Christians are being persecuted by Islamic extremists. (Source: Open Doors).”

I’m going to share a couple of resources with you.
First, here is a video from “The Voice of the Martyrs” to promote this year’s International Prayer event. It is the true story of Pastor Pastor Suta. Please note that this is a true story, and parts of it are tough, but it will give a glimpse into just what our Christian Brothers and Sisters are facing, every day of their lives:

Next, here is a list of Scripture Verses, from “The Voice of the Martyrs,” entitled “Persecution in the Bible.” I put it in .pdf format, so you should be able to enlarge it, and print it for personal study:
Persecution in the Bible

Here’s the same list in .jpg format:

Persecution in the Bible
As we commit ourselves to pray, every day, for our persecuted Brothers and Sisters in Christ, to renew our goal and desire to “Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity,” let us also remember the words of Pastor Suta, from the video:
“When you pray for the persecuted, please remember to also pray for those who persecute.”

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Please Pray for the Persecuted Church-Part One

I encourage you to pray-every day-for our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ around the globe.
The Scriptural basis for this is clear from Hebrews 13:3:
“Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; [and] them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.”

A short time ago, I really felt the call to add the persecuted church to my daily prayer list. Every day, I pray for those who seek to harm or destroy Israel, praying that they will realize “the benefits of befriending Israel.” I add to this prayer for those facing persecution around the globe, and I pray for the captors … whether it is national or a local group … that these groups and individuals will turn … “from persecuting the church to protecting the church.”

Christians are the most persecuted religious group worldwide. The number of Christians who are killed because of their faith is staggering. In my research, the numbers reported by various agencies or sources varied greatly … but … even the lowest estimate of Christians who have been killed for their faith is … well … staggering.

Christians in more than 60 countries face persecution from their governments or surrounding neighbors simply because of their belief in Christ (Source: U.S. Department of State).

One of the worst countries in the world for the persecution of Christians is North Korea. With the exception of four official state-controlled churches in Pyongyang, Christians in North Korea face the risk of detention in the prison camps, severe torture and, in some cases, execution for practicing their religious beliefs. North Koreans suspected of having contact with South Korean or other foreign missionaries in China, and those caught in possession of a Bible, have been known to be executed (Source: Christian Solidarity Worldwide).

In 41 of the 50 worst nations for persecution, Christians are being persecuted by Islamic extremists. (Source: Open Doors)

More Christians were martyred in the 20th century than in all other centuries combined [christianity.com].
Currently over 100 million Christians are being persecuted worldwide [Reuters, 2013]
70 percent of the world’s population lives in a religiously intolerant environment [Pew Forum, 2011]
North Korea: in 2015 it continues to be the worst country in the world for persecution.
Iran: Its parliament believes Muslims who change their faith should be put to death.

Here is the definition of “persecution” from the website of Release International:
“Why are Christians Persecuted?
Religious persecution can be defined as the systematic mistreatment of an individual or group simply because of their belief. In other words, the persecution is unwarranted. Christians have been persecuted from earliest times e.g. Acts 8.1 and believers were told to expect it:
“If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you …” (John 15:20).
“All who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Timothy 3:12)

Why persecution? The root cause of persecution is spiritual, not ideological. Satan hates both national Israel (the Jews) and spiritual Israel, the church. In fact, he wages war upon both Jew and believer in Christ (Rev 12:17), and since he is still ruler of this world (until Christ comes-John 12:31) he uses the world e.g. humanistic law in Europe, or extremists of other faiths, to carry out his aims.”

It is amazing to me how little, in the United States, we even hear a casual mention of the atrocities facing the church around the globe. Unless we subscribe to certain news feeds or reports, we just don’t hear much about it … I wonder why that is?

Of course, I know we all know why that is …

Please continue to pray for those “that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.” We are, after all, members of the same body.

Here is a video from CBN which offers a global view of suffering Christians around the world:

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