The Apostle Paul writes 2 Corinthians 10 :3 – 4……
For tho we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses……
Paul is telling us that we are not in a fleshly war. But our war is spiritual which must be waged with spiritual weapons. Paul expounds on this spiritual war further in Ephesians 6:10-18 This is a section of Scripture we know as the Christian’s spiritual armor. Time will not permit to examine each of parts of the armor. But notice in Ephesians 6:12 where Paul writes…….
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places…….
The persecution of Christians is a spiritual war that Satan has declared upon those who follow Jesus Christ. Consider what John writes in Revelation 12:17 …….
So the dragon was enraged with the woman, and went off to make war with the rest of her children, who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus…….
This is the source of persecution, Satan making war against the offspring of the woman. It is a spiritual war driven by the demonic forces of Hell. This war can only be waged with spiritual weapons.
Prayer is one of our most powerful weapons in this spiritual war. Ephesians 6:18 tells us…….
With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints…….
We cannot pray persecution away. For persecution is part of following Jesus Christ. But we can pray for the persecuted church that they be strengthened and encouraged in the mist of their persecutions. We can pray that they be faithful and endure the persecutions. We can pray that the persecuted church will overcome the evil one and be victorious in Jesus. I might add in the not too distant future we will be praying this for the American church.
Does prayer make a difference? Does prayer accomplish things. Consider these words out of James 5:16…….
The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much…….
The first thing the persecuted church will of us in the West is, “please pray for us”. The persecuted ask that they not be delivered from their persecutions. But they ask we pray that they be faithful and endure the persecutions. They ask we pray they be counted worthy as suffering for Christ.
On the night that he was to go to the cross, Jesus asked His three closest disciples to pray for him. As the Son of God agonized in Gethsemane over the terrible ordeal he was about to suffer the three disciples were asleep. How humiliating and embarrassing it must have been to those three disciples when Jesus asked them if they could not keep a watch in prayer for one hour.
Will you spend an hour praying for the persecuted church? Will you spend an hour praying for those who carry the cross? Will you join the VOP prayer warior team? Will you come on the special prayer call event on February 20th. pray with us on the Persecution Watch call, one night a week or even one night a month to lift up the persecuted brethren in prayer? For all the persecuted church ask of us is to pray for them.
Blaine Scogin, VOP Director