I was reminded that today is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. (follow this link for many opportunities to support and pray for the Persecuted Church in an on-going way)
Here is a post by Judy Douglass, wife of Steve Douglass, President of Campus Crusade for Christ for which my husband and I work.
It helped me to remember to pray for the persecuted ones and to be changed as I learn from their faith.
May we all long for that Great and Glorious Day when Righteousness will Reign and Jesus is worshipped by all nations.
Until that Day may we all live boldly to Proclaim Him…and His Gospel go forth from our hearts a flame.
“Lord Jesus, I thank you for the Persecuted Church. They are symbols to the flimsy-faithed and little-couraged of which I am one. Praise You for their Great Love for You and willingness to give their lives for the Gospel. We do plead for their deliverance and release from Oppression. We thank You that You have promised to never leave them and are with them in cold, dank cells, and places of torture, betrayal, and despise. We thank You, Lord Jesus that You are the “Man of Sorrows” and comfort them. We pray also for the grieving ones who have lost those most dear due to persecution. Whose own lives remain in danger and they do not retreat, but face the Darkness with great courage. Your Courage. Praise You that we learn to look to a ‘heavenly Home far greater’ through their fierce devotion and willingness to renounce all in this life. Oh Lord, May the “blood of the martyrs be the seed of the church” and Your Light Win in These Days…The Last Days.
For Thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory, Both Now and Forevermore, Amen.”