(Voice of the Persecuted) You are invited to join us on Tuesday January 1, 2022 in a prayer conference call for the persecuted church hosted by Persecution Watch.
As we begin a new year, let’s begin by praying for those imprisoned for the Word’s sake.
Dear Prayer Warriors, at our Bible study this week, a lady was talking about the time when she met Dimitri, a persecuted Christian.
She said his hands were all curled up and unusable because of the torture he endured, much like Pastor Wurmbrand’s feet were mutilated. She also told the story of his miraculous release. When they refused to share where the Bibles were hidden, the Warden decided to electrocute Dimitri.
When they pulled the switch, Dimitri saw a bright flash, but wasn’t hurt. Some time later, the Colonel again ordered his execution by electrocution. When the switch was pulled, all the lights of the city went out and at the same moment the Colonel died, his organs exploding. When the man next in charge saw this, he ordered Dimitri and his wife to “get out of the country”.
In view of this, let us pray for those imprisoned.
2 Timothy 1:9 “He has saved us and called us to a holy life — not because of anything we have done, but because of His own purpose and grace. This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.”
- Pray God’s purpose for these ministers be accomplished; that they would not be caught before their time, to build the Kingdom and to sow as many seeds as possible.
When Dimitri was about to be electrocuted the Lord told him to plead the blood of Yeshua.
- Pray the precious blood of Messiah would cover all those imprisoned for the Word.
- Pray they would hear the voice of the Lord and His instructions.
Psalm 23:5 “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.”
- Pray for the presence of God to envelop them and the goodness of God to be experienced.
Psalm 16:11 “You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”
- Pray for joy in the midst of suffering.
Romans 8:18 “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”
- Pray they would keep their mind focused on things above; Your grace is sufficient.
Psalm 119:25 “I am laid low in the dust; renew my life according to Your Word.”
- Pray that the Lord reminds them of the Word when it is needed, the exact scriptures they need to hear.
- Pray they would be encouraged when feeling they are laid low in the dust.
The Colonel did not die the first time; God gave him the supernatural sign that electrocution did not kill Dimitri, yet he did not repent but ordered Dimitri’s execution the second time. What the Colonel wished for the prisoner happened to him. The man second in charge apparently feared, and we can only hope he got saved because of this.
- Pray for those imprisoned unjustly would be able to pray for their persecutors; pray for the salvation of those persecuting God’s people.
Psalm 119:121 “I have done what is righteous and just; do not leave me to my oppressors.”
- Pray for their release
Psalm 37:25 “I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.”
- Pray for the families of those imprisoned.
John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
- Pray the Lord give them peace regarding their families and everything else; that their families would have peace as well. Pray against any spirit of fear.
- Pray for the church in the West: the USA, Canada, Europe, Australia; even the Westernized countries in Asia like Japan and South Korea.
We are not prepared for the persecution that has been prophesied. The church appears to be fainting, intimidated, and weakened by the Covid pandemic.
The Holy Spirit is talking to the church about waking up.
- Pray as led by the Spirit.
We will also remember and pray for these dear ones:
Leah Sharibu and Alice that they will be set free from Boko Haram captivity.
- Leah Sharibu was kidnapped along with 109 other students on February 19, 2018 when Boko Haram attacked a boarding school in the city of Dapchi, Maiduguri Diocese, in north-eastern Nigeria. A month later, some of the girls died in captivity and all the others were released, except Leah. She was the only Christian in the group
- Alice Loksha Ngaddah was kidnapped during the Rann attack on March 1, 2018. She was a nurse working with Unicef and is a mother of two.
- Pastor Wang Yi to be released from prison, for his family, the children, and the church in China. Pastor Wang Yi who is currently serving his prison sentence.
- Anita an Iranian Christian persecuted by the Islamic regime seeking asylum.
- Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani from Iran, for his release and his family as their persecution continues. At present he is serving his six-year sentence.
Valerie, Persecution Watch Prayer Call 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 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 Dybvik, Persecution Watch Prayer Call Leader and the Persecution Watch Prayer Team
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