(Voice of the Persecuted) You are invited to join us on Saturday August 28, 2021 in a prayer conference call for the Persecuted Church hosted by Persecution Watch.
Let us pray for the persecuted church all over the world. There are so many Christians in so many countries facing difficult decisions and difficult times.
But God has all Christians in His hands.
Exodus 19:5-6 “5 Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; 6 and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the people of Israel.”
1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
Exodus 39:24-26 “24 On the hem of the robe they made pomegranates of blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen. 25 They also made bells of pure gold, and put the bells between the pomegranates all around the hem of the robe, between the pomegranates— 26 a bell and a pomegranate, a bell and a pomegranate around the hem of the robe for ministering, as the Lord had commanded Moses.”
Galatians 5:22 “But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law”.
1 Corinthians 12:1-7 “1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2 You know that when you were pagans you were led astray to mute idols, however you were led. 3 Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit. 4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. 7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.”
The pomegranates represent the fruit, the bells represent the gifts. We cannot have one without the other. The church cannot operate in the gifts without the fruit and if the church has the fruit, the gifts will automatically operate.
FRUITS and LOVE:
- Pray the church will love the Lord with all their heart, with all their mind, with all their strength. (Deuteronomy 6:5)
- Pray the church will love one another, especially other Christians. (John 13:34)
- Pray the church will love their enemies, therefore being able to forgive them. (Luke 6:27)
- Pray for joy, which is our strength. (Nehemiah 8:10) The Lord inhabits the praises of Israel (and His people); pray for the persecuted to be able to praise and give thanks in every circumstance.
- Pray the church would have their mind stayed on the Lord, who keeps in perfect peace those whose mind is stayed on Him. (Isaiah 26:3)
Know that we are pilgrims just passing through this world, and Yeshua will never leave or forsake us.
- Pray that the persecuted church will be able to endure.
KINDNESS, GOODNESS, GENTLENESS:
- Pray church will manifest God’s character to the lost whenever possible (some countries are able to do this more than others).
- Pray that the persecuted church will not turn back from following Jesus under pressure from family, government, etc.
- Help the church to be free from every addiction and to be careful what we speak.
- Pray the gifts of the Spirit would operate in the church.
- Pray people would not be jealous of each other’s gifts; pray for unity in the church, different denominations.
- Pray for protection through the gifts of discernment, words of knowledge and miracles.
- Pray for words of wisdom to know what to do.
- Pray for the gift of miracles, to obtain provision and whatever is needed.
- Pray for the gift of healing, particularly when cannot depend upon man, but also trusting first in the Lord.
- Pray for the gifts of tongues when they do not know what to pray.
- Pray for the gift of prophecy and interpretation of tongues when they need a word.
- Pray that these gifts would encourage the church and bring people to the Lord.
Again, we want to lift up persecuted witnesses to the Lord:
- Leah Sharibu, prisoner of Boko Haram since 2018. Pray for her release.
- Alice Loksha Ngaddah, kidnapped February 2019. She is a mother of two, working as a nurse for UNICEF. Pray for her release.
- Pray for Pastor Wang Yi to be released from prison.
- Pray for Anita, a Christian convert facing a long prison term who escaped from Iran and praying to go to a country where she can be free and share her faith openly.
- For the release of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani from Iran. For his family as their Persecution continues. Pastor Nadarkhani is serving the second year of his six-year sentence.
Valerie, Persecution Watch Prayer Call Moderator
Prayer Conference Call Details
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
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8:00 PM Central
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6:00 PM Pacific
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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 time in the United States (please check your time zone). Blaine also served as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted, and the missions became one. Brother Blaine passed into glory on December 26, 2019. It was truly a blessing for all of us to serve alongside this dear man of God and he will be greatly missed. The prayer mission of Persecution Watch remains an important part of our mission. Voice of the Persecuted is committed to continue the prayer conference call for the persecuted along with the dedicated Persecution Watch prayer warrior team.
Prior to the passing of Brother Blaine, he confirmed the passing of the torch as prayer conference call leader to Nadia Dybvik. Nadia has a burdened heart for the persecuted and is a prayer warrior standing in the gap for them. She joined the Persecution Watch prayer team in 2013 and has been part of the core ever since. Before becoming the prayer call leader, she served in the role of prayer moderator since 2015. Blaine chose Nadia for her faithfulness to pray for the persecuted and her strong commitment to the Persecution Watch mission. We are blessed not only with her gift of prayer, but her genuine love for every brother and sister in Christ that comes on the call to pray. May the Lord continue to bless Nadia and the prayer team in the mission and their personal lives.
“Pray for us” is the number one request that we hear from the persecuted. As the members of the first century Church were moved by the Holy Spirit to pray, we too must continue to serve those suffering persecution by lifting them up to the Lord through prayer.
On occasion, persecuted brothers and sisters have been invited on the conference call to share the trials they are 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 are new to the call and cannot 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!
God bless and protect you in your faithfulness to serve.
Lois Kanalos, Founder, Voice of the Persecuted, Nadia Nadia Dybvik, Persecution Watch Prayer Call Leader and the Persecution Watch Prayer Team
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