(Voice of the Persecuted) You are invited to join us on Saturday, January 15, 2022 in a prayer conference call for the persecuted church hosted by Persecution Watch.
Dear Prayer Warriors, Jesus encourages believers to love for our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. Many would refuse, to others it seems next to impossible.
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may prove yourselves to be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Even the tax collectors, do they not do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Even the Gentiles, do they not do the same? 48 Therefore you shall be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Tonight, we will pray for extremist groups like ISIS, Boko Harm in Nigeria, Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula, Taliban in Pakistan, and Al-shabaab in Somalia to name a few. Pray for them to realize who they really are fighting for.
- Pray they turn to God, to Jesus Christ His son to be saved from a future they will have no way to escape in the arms of Satan.
- Pray for the people living in Gaza, Christian and some Muslims alike, as they live day to day without much hope of survival at the hands of Hamas. ISIS has also penetrated the country, trying to take control. Pray for the love and strength of Christians to change the Muslim hearts.
- Pray for Syrian and Iraqi refugees scattered throughout the region because of ISIS gaining more and more control of the Middle East.
- Pray for the Islamists and Orthodox Jews to come to know who Jesus Christ really is and commit themselves to Him.
- Pray for ISIS, a group of Sunni Muslims, as they push their brutal way into the Middle East, killing Shiite Muslims as well as Christians and other religious minorities. Pray they are stopped, that Jesus would open their hearts and minds to the truth of who they really serve.
- Pray for the USA and other countries to come together to help stop the advance of ISIS in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere in the world.
- Pray for Christians in Eritrea that are suffering severe persecution at the hands of the government.
- Pray for Christians in Morocco in the mist of increasing persecution from the government and the Muslim community.
- Pray for Egypt as the people revolt against the government’s handling of their lives and country. Pray for an awakening of Jesus Christ and His love for all of them.
- Pray for Mohammed Hegazy to return to faith in Jesus. He has back tracked to Islam after a long and difficult imprisonment because of his conversion from Islam to Christianity. He has been released from the Egyptian prison system which he has been in and out of since 2007.
- Pray for Christians throughout the world to hold fast to their faith and be a light to those who are caught up in the misguided allegiance to a life that strengthens only the darkness.
We will continue lift these persecuted witnesses to the Lord:
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.
The Lord’s servant,
Nadia Dybvik, Persecution Watch Prayer Conference Call 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 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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