I’ll begin this post with a request of you readers. If you read blogs, you probably write them also, and so I’m asking anyone who reads this to take a few minutes out of your day and write some encouragement to our brothers and sisters in Nigeria who are being killed by the thousands by Muslim radicals. It won’t even cost you postage. All it will require is some heartfelt sympathy for their suffering and faith that Christ is allowing all this for a purpose, and maybe part of that purpose is to use you as an instrument of comfort to His sheep. He once asked Peter three times if he loved Him. When Peter answered yes, Jesus responded, “Feed my sheep.” (John 21:17) He said earlier to a crowd of many that “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4, ref Deuteronomy 8:3) If you choose to write to these faithful persecuted, it would be wonderful to include Scripture in your letter, since often times they are denied access to Bibles. If we love the Lord, we should feed His sheep with His Word. Once I copy a prayer I recently journaled for these and the other Christians who don’t have the same freedoms that you and I do in the West, I will include the guidelines and information you need to send your letter. Thank you to everyone who does this. “Your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” (Matthew)
Father, I pray that You would strengthen all the believers around the world who do not have the freedom to worship to worship You openly, whose governments and neighbors attack them for worshipping and preaching You. I ask that You would give them courage, and give them absolute peace and perfect joy. I ask that You would heal their wounds, spiritual and physical, mental and emotional. Lord, I pray that You would fill their hearts wth love and forgiveness for their persecutors, that You would give them the proper words when they must speak, that they would sing in their prisons as Paul and Silas did. I pray that You would imprint Your Word, engrave it, on their hearts so deeply so that even when they cannot read it, they can remember it and gain comfort, confidence, courage, and compassion. I pray that even in prisons and persecutions, You would grant them favor with their captors and with those who have power to do them good. I pray that the hearts of the persecutors would be softened, both towards the believers and towards You, that the spoken Word of the believers and the written Word of the confiscated Bibles and journals would speak to their hearts and plant seeds of faith that will grow to blossom and produce fruits of repentance and salvation and praise to Your name, of regeneration and of passion for Your name.
I pray that You would be side by side those enduring suffering for Your name as You promised You would be in Your Word, that Your Spirit would minister to them every minute of the day and that they would be encouraged by many letters from fellow believers around the world who are standing with them in prayer and financial support. I pray that You would raise awareness of their trials and sufferings among those who have the ability to intercede for them and that that awareness would spark action on the martyrs’ behalf. I pray that You would continue to break my own heart for them. I ask that You would continue to shed Your light of truth in those dark places of the earth.
I ask that You would send out Your laborers to reap the harvest You have prepared. I pray that Your love would be preached through the message of the Cross and would be received by hungry hearts and thirsty souls. I pray that You would remove the blinders from the eyes of the lost and that You would bind up the brokenhearted, restoring the souls of those who put their trust in You. I ask that Your presence and power would be made manifest in the lives of the believers who trust and hope in You despite all worldly contradiction, that even those who die for Your name would be joyful until their last breath, praying for their persecutors as Stephen and Jesus did.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
If you choose to write, please follow the guidelines below that I received from an email from International Christian Concern, whose mailing list you can join at persecution.org.
Directions on writing the words of comfort:
- Please e-mail us your words (limiting your notes to a maximum of six sentences.)
- Please sign your name and list the country where you live.
- E-mail your response to: RM-AfricaAsia@persecution.org with the subject line: “Comfort for the persecuted”