(Voice of the Persecuted) Dear believers, my heart has been heavy for the love of my siblings. In last few years, we have grown apart. Life troubles, frustration, anger, obstacles … decisions we had to make regarding my sick father, all contributed to distance between us. Once I felt very close to them. We loved each other and I knew I could always count on them. Yet, now we are all divided and as years go by it seems harder and harder to grow close again.
I have reached out many times and asked forgiveness in what ever I had said or done that may have hurt them. I have shown them love in many ways, forgiven any hurt or pain they have caused me, yet to no avail.
This morning I came upon a video of Ruth Gram who wrote a book titled, Forgiving My Father. At first it shocked me, “What, Billy Graham?”
But as I listened to her, she explained how much she had missed her father while growing up. She understood the reason of his absence but through the years, she missed a relationship with him. She later was able to realize and admit that she never forgave her father for the void she felt in the years of his absence. But it was time to forgive him, even if she was not able to tell him.
I was asked by a very dear sister, “Can you love them, my siblings, enough to forgive with no expectation of anything in return?” Yes, I can, I answered her even before she finished the the sentence.
As she prayed for me, I cried letting my Father know that because He loved me first, I loved Him also, for this reason I can love my earthly brothers and sisters, even if it means I receive nothing back from them.
What a freedom it is not to hold anything back. My heart went to our suffering brothers and sister in Christ whom we pray for.
I cry for them, are they able to forgive those who persecute them, their fathers their mothers, siblings, family, neighbors enemies? The trauma they have to overcome because of it? Are they able to forgive the pain and the torture they have to endure? I pray they can, I pray they will be free, giving it to the Lord and asking Him to help them to love and forgive their enemies, persecutors.
Dear prayer warriors, I invite you to come on the call tonight to pray for them in the Spirit with me. Come as you are.
In Christ love
Nadia Dybvik, Prayer Team Moderator
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What is Persecution Watch?
Persecution Watch is a U.S. national prayer conference call ministry that prays specifically for the global Persecuted Church. For over a decade, Blaine Scogin has led this national network of believers who faithfully pray for the persecuted and the global harvest for the Kingdom of God. The group meets via a free call-in service every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night at 9pm Eastern (please check your time zone). Blaine also serves as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted.
On occasion, persecuted brothers and sisters have been invited on the call to share the trials they’re facing. The team serves to encourage them by washing their feet in Spirit led prayer. Time is often reserved for those on the call to ask questions. We believe this helps to gain a better understanding of the situation that persecuted Christians endure in their specific nations. Q&A also helps us to focus our prayers based on their current needs.
Persecution Watch also hosts callers who want to pray united from other nations. If your heart is perplexed by the sufferings of our persecuted brothers and sisters, you no longer need to pray alone. We welcome all who desire to pray for the persecuted church and consider it a joy to pray together with you. If you’re new to the call and can’t find your voice, listen in and pray silently or on mute. We are grateful and thank the Lord for bringing us all together to pray in agreement for our persecuted family in Christ.
Meet you on the call!