Last month, I ordered a prayer calendar from Voice of the Martyrs for $4. Each day lists a prayer need of the persecuted Church from a specific restricted or hostile country. The first six days were for Afghanistan. Today begins another chain of six days, this time for Algeria.
At pre-service prayer yesterday morning, I was praying for things we desire God to do in our church this year, for ministry needs and salvations, for growth both in depth and breadth. I was praying for a harvest, and banking on God’s promise for new birth in our church this year.
Oftentimes when I pray I open my eyes. I don’t know why, but I almost always do. During that prayer, I opened my eyes and looked directly at my One With Them bracelet. And I wondered, “What does a harvest mean to Them?”
What are my brothers and sisters across the seas praying for? What new birth and change are they hoping for? What are their ministerial goals? They probably aren’t all the same as ours in America. I don’t think it diminishes the needs of first-world churches, but I think it helps our perspectives to remember that millions of Christians across the world have humbler goals and desires than we do.
Today, please join me in praying for the persecuted Christians in Algeria.
“Pray that many will turn to Christ after reading the VOM-supported Kabyle Bible translation.” –Prayer Calendar, January 7, 2013