Most of us in America are anticipating big things to be happening in November. No matter what party line you follow, you are probably gearing up for the election. And no matter which way it goes, it will mean changes for our country, for better or worse.
However, another big day is happening in November, one that will more affect other countries around the world, countries where believers don’t have the right to vote according to their conscience, not even to live by it.
November 11th is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. It’s only 42 days away. Open Doors Ministries has compiled a list of 50 coutries when persecution of Christians is the absolute worst. Starting tomorrow, I’ll be posting about one country every day in preparation for the upcoming event and I hope that you’ll be joining me in prayer for these nations. Share the posts with your friends and family members, with folks at your church, your coworkers. Print them out and hang them in your office or share them with clients. Just get people informed and involved. The series will end on November 19th, eight days after the IDOP. Why? Because really we ought to keep going even after that specific day.
Today I’m going to offer you a few verses as incentives to participate, along with some info about organizations/websites through which you can get more info and materials.
Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering. –Hebrews 13:3
I urge you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me.
Pray that I may be rescued from the unbelievers… –Romans 15:30-31a
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should. –Ephesians 6:18-20
All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and
understood God’s grace in all its truth…. For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding…. being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. –Colossians 1:6, 9, 11-12
To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless. We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; when we are slandered, we answer kindly. Up to this moment we have become the scum of the earth, the refuse of the world. –1 Corinthians 4:11-13
“The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.” And they praised God because of
me. –Galatians 1:23-24
Think of that last one especially, which was in reference to the apostle Paul. Not only do we have an opportunity to assist those who are already our brothers and sisters in Christ, but also to turn torturers into testimonies. Those who persecute the Church need at least as much prayer as the churches that are being persecuted.
For more on how you can be involved and what the Persecuted Church looks like today, visit any one of these links:
I also encourage you to order some OneWithThem bracelets as a reminder to pray each day and also to give out as gifts to help spread awareness and action on behalf of the Church. Thanks so much for being a part of this and for being a part of the Body of Christ. Let’s join together for the members we have yet to meet!