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A minute for the persecuted church

Edited and submitted by Al Coats

Next month is IDOP Sunday (International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted, Nov.04).

In over 60 countries worldwide, (N Korea, China, India, Nigeria, Egypt, Pakistan, to name a few), Christians are

persecuted. Discriminated against in jobs, education, health care and social benefits; attacked in their homes and churches; imprisoned, raped, tortured and killed, simply because they are Christians. These are our very own precious brothers and sisters, suffering for the sake of Christ. They are the fulfillment of Jesus’ words, “No man is greater than his master. If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.” (John 15:20).  And, “In fact, everyone who wants to live a Godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”  (Timothy 3:12). 

They do not ask for our pity, but they do covet our prayers. Hebrews 13:3 tells us to pray for them. “Remember the prisoners as if chained with them – those who are mistreated – since you are in the body also.” How can 

Why is it that we so seldom hear the persecuted prayed for in church today? It is because we in the West have become too comfortable and complacent in our Christian faith, and to even think about persecution is outside our comfort zone. Well, it is high time we got UNcomfortable and got down on our knees and started praying for our persecuted bros and sisters.

A Lutheran pastor who endured horrific torture to protect members of the Underground Church once said, “A church that does not remember its persecuted brethren is no church at all.”

Ask your pastor to observe IDOP Sunday next month. If Nov.04th is not convenient, observe it the week before or the week after. 

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