So, I recognize that I have been severely lax in my blogging lately. Since I started working I just don’t know where all my time has been going. I missed last week’s post and didn’t even have the energy to make it up later in the week. (But this week I’m actually doing my post in the morning which I think is a big improvement.) I have been convicted lately of how I’ve been doing these posts, which was not the way I originally wanted to do them. So today, rather than just copying and pasting an article from some other website, I wanted to do something straight from my heart.
I’ve added a couple of pictures from a VOM magazine I received last Friday (which is a free subscription for any of you who are interested) so you can get a glimpse of how VOM addresses the issues of the persecuted Church and hopefully give you an extra desire to become more involved. If the pictures are unclear, I apologize. They’re scans. Sandwiched in between them I’m going to include a prayer of my own for the persecuted Church. I encourage you to include them in your prayers today as well.
Father, this morning, I want to praise you for being our defender against every enemy. Your love in unfailing and You never leave us nor forsake us. I thank You for being the Good Shepherd of Your people scattered across the globe. You provide for all of our needs and never fail to care for us as a father does the children he loves. So today on behalf of my brothers and sisters throughout the world, I want to ask You to be near to them as they suffer for the sake of Your name. You said in your Word that those who are persecuted and reviled and who suffer for righteousness’ sake– for Your name’s sake– are blessed because their reward is great in heaven. Help them to keep an eternal and heavenly perspective so that they do not grow weary of doing good. You said that those who mourn will be comforted. I pray that for the families of those whose loved ones have been killed or imprisoned or are badly injured or ill as a result of following Your will, that they would be comforted by Your overshadowing and tangible presence. I pray that you would fill their hearts with a peace that passes understanding and a joy that can only be explained by love for You. I pray that You would protect their hearts against unforgiveness and bitterness and resentment, that You would fill theirs hearts with love for their persecutors so that they may pray for their salvation and add to Your kingdom. I ask that You would teach them the kind of contentment that Paul had in all his circumstances so that whether hungry or filled, cold or covered, jailed or free, they may have peace and joy and courage. Finally Lord, I pray that even for those in hiding, You would provide opportunities for them to share the truth of Your Gospel and to teach them how to train disciples so that they may know of the joy of seeing Your kingdom advanced and may have an ever-increasing reward in heaven for the deeds done in Your name. Above all, glorify Your name in all these situations, and thank You for Your faithful servants who work tirelessly and at great danger to themselves to aid these suffering peoples. Thank You for appointing them to this task and for enabling them to carry it out. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
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