Our brother Paul was a persecuted Christian. His letter to the Philippians which is so full of joy and encouragement was written from a Roman prison.
My Lord Jesus, I pray for persecuted brothers and sisters, particularly those who are in prison. May they find encouragement from the presence of Jesus. May they realize that they belong to Christ. May they realize that nothing can separate them from your presence. May your loving presence bring them much joy and encouragement. For I pray this in your precious blessed name for our persecuted family. Amen.
Brothers and sisters if you are able please join us tonight as we pray for the persecuted church. Please join us as we pray encouragement on their behalf and whatever else God puts on our hearts. — Bro Blaine
Dear Prayer Warriors, the message above was one of many sent by our dear Brother Blaine Scogin, Founder of Persecution Watch, who is now Home into Glory. He was a loving brother to me.
Blaine was a kind and loving teacher, always encouraging me to persevere and trust in the Lord. To walk by Faith and not by sight, to have a deep love for the Church, the persecuted Brothers and Sisters and to share the Truth of Salvation.
We often talked about that glorious Day when the Lord will call us Home. How joyful I am for him. He knew in part then but now he knows it in full. Missing him, I think of the time that has passed and remember him. What a blessing, and a privilege it was to serve the Lord with him!
Adding verses Philippians 3:12-16
Pressing Toward the Goal
12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.
13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,
14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
15 Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you.
16 Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.
Lord willing, I look forward to praying with you tonight.
In Christ love,
Nadia Dybvik, Persecution Watch Prayer Leader
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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 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 served as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted and our missions became one. The prayer mission of Persecution Watch is an important part of our own.
With the passing of Blaine into glory on December 26, 2019, Voice of the Persecuted is committed to continue the prayer conference call for the persecuted along with our dedicated prayer warrior team.
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. We can all be prayer warriors on this call!
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