November 14, 2012

My Day to Keep On Praying for the Persecuted Church

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Sunday, November 11, was the 17th year of the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP). It’s the second Sunday of every November. Some countries (and some churches) recognize IDOP on November 4. Whatever date you, your prayer group, your homegroup, your Sunday School class, and your church choose, EVERY DAY IS A DAY TO PRAY FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH.

Organizations like Open Doors minister to those who are suffering for Christ … 24/7 … 365 days a year. That’s because those brothers and sisters we heard about on IDOP are suffering every day. 

Monday’s news came from Azerbaijan. The government is censoring religious literature coming into the country. They sometimes confiscate all of it and sometimes, just allow a small quantity to enter. Imagine – it’s increasingly difficult to find a church and now, your access to Christian literature censored or not available at all.

Tuesday’s news came from Indonesia. Christian workers beaten for baptizing a Muslim woman. That would be bad enough if in fact they had baptized her, but in this case, the workers allege they had not done so. Imagine – your pastor beaten for baptizing a believer and you beaten because you happened to be there with the pastor.

Today’s news came from India. A pastor beaten for preaching to HIndus in an Indian village. While in the hospital, nursing broken ribs and injuries to his head and neck, the attackers visited him again and tried to kill him. Imagine – your pastor or your Sunday School teacher beaten, hospitalized, and attached in the hospital bed for telling people about Jesus.

There will be news from the persecuted church tomorrow too and again on Friday. No, I’m not clairvoyant, I’m just sure that God’s promise of persecution for believers is true.

Thank you SO MUCH for your prayers for the family who shares our faith but not our freedom. If you pray for them and with them everyday, thank you, thank you, thank you. If you were aware of their suffering but not in frequent prayer, I pray that IDOP drew you closer to the need and the call to respond in prayer. If you have just become aware of this suffering, I pray you are drawn to pray for them and with them every day.

IDOP is an awesome event to increase awareness that over 100 million Christians are persecuted today (and tomorrow and the next day and the next). I pray that this year, the event draws us to say every day is “My Day to Keep On Praying for the Persecuted Church.”

    Loving the Journey,

   Kevin

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