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(Voice of the Persecuted)  It can be overwhelming when learning of all of the suffering, and persecution of Christians in the world today. When the biggest request is prayer from those persecuted how do we Pray? When you pray with your heart and soul before the Throne of God, He know’s what you are asking. God know’s your heart for the persecuted.
Here a some of the things that we hear prayer requests for, not for God to strike those who are persecuting but for God to forgive them and show them the Light of Christ. They ask for endurance, they ask for perseverance, they ask for courage, and strength to face the day. They ask for comfort, they ask that immediate needs be met. They ask for those who can help to be guided by the Holy Spirit, and to soften hearts.

The many survivors of persecution have said they forgive their attackers.  I read once when you forgive, you end the conflict.  How true this is.  Jesus said “Forgive those who persecute you, and if your enemy is thirsty give him water.”   One of Jesus’ last words on the cross, was “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.”  When Stephen was stoned his last words were “ Lord, lay not this sin to their charge.”

It’s not easy to forgive tormentors, in fact it’s almost humanly impossible, but when you give it to God He can heal, and He can lead you into Forgiveness.

This takes prayer, and seeking the Holy Spirit.  The Apostles talked of this forgiveness, they talked of their greatest need as being perseverance.

Collossians 1:11-12

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.

Galatians 6:9

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Revelation 2:10

Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days.Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.

James 1:12

Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

Matthew 10:22

And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

Matthew 5:44

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

So with the world in chaos and the genocide of Christians around the globe, here again are the countries we feel need your prayers, pray for God’s mercy also to be spread across the world and for His children to be protected.  You can’t put a number on Countries, all are the same, all are persecuting our brethren.  The following list is in no particular order.

  • Pakistan
  • Nigeria
  • Iran
  • Syria
  • Afghanistan
  • Iraq
  • Libya
  • Yemen
  • Sudan
  • CAR
  • Eritrea
  • North Korea

We hope this helps, we hope you will enter your prayer closets and pray with a renewed vigor, for these our Brethren.  If you are in these countries and have specific prayer requests submit it here and we will put the VOP Prayer Warrior team on it immediately.

 

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3 Comments

  1. Prayer is our most powerful weapon. James reminds us that the prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. Jesus said if two agree together about something on earth. It will be done for them by his Father in heaven. therefore let us avail ourselves to prayer and lift up the persecuted in prayer. let us honor the request of these brothers and sisters who suffer for Christ and keep them in our prayers. Let us pray for their perseverance and faith. let us ask our Lord to strengthen and encourage them.

    Blaine

  2. reesm5 says:

    Thank you for this, it is very difficult sometimes to pray with real meaning because my life is so different, but when I read the emails I know I just have to and these pointers help me enormously. Sometimes I get so overwhelmed with all the suffering that I have to shut off for a while, but then I remember how much they suffer, day by day, with no respite, no shutting off for them and I have to pray. These are my brothers and sisters and one day we will all be together, none of this will matter then. I keep my mind fixed on things above.

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