(Voice of the Persecuted) You are invited to join us on Saturday, October 15, 2022, in a prayer conference call for the persecuted church hosted by Persecution Watch.
Levitcus 23:39 “So beginning with the 15th day of the 7th month, after you have gathered the crops of the land, celebrate the festival of the Lord for 7 days. The first day is a day of rest, and the 8th day is also a day of rest.
Leviticus 23:40 “On the first day you are to take choice fruit from the trees, and palm fronds, leafy branches and poplars, and rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days.”
Leviticus 23:42,43 “Live in booths for 7 days; all native born Israelites are to live in booths so your descendants will know that I had the Israelites live in booths when I brought them out of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.'”
Revelation 19:7 “Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come and the bride has made herself ready.” Rev. 19:9 says that blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb.
Tonight and Sunday till sundown is that last and greatest day of the Feast. We are commanded to live in temporary shelters (This Feast Day is called “Sukkot”, or “shelters”, or “booths”). This reminds us that this earth is only our temporary home and this is our temporary body. On this holiday, we are commanded to rejoice for 7 days!
At wedding feasts, the bridal feast would last eight days. The first seven days the bridegroom and bride are alone in the bridal chamber. On the 8th day they join their guests and have a wedding feast. That is why the holiday is divided into 7 plus 1.
Prayers for Sukkot:
Psalm 149:2 “Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; let the children of Israel be joyful in their King.”
- Help the persecuted church to rejoice in Messiah Yeshua no matter what the circumstances
- Help the persecuted church see from God’s perspective; that we are living only in temporary dwellings and will have a new resurrected body and a new home.
Leviticus 19:2 “Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: ‘Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy.'”
- Pray the church would be set apart as a bride, consecrated to her Bridegroom. As the bride makes herself ready, the Lord will perfect us (Psalm 138:8 and Phil 1:6). We work together
John 7:37,38 “On the last and greatest day of the Feast Jesus stood and said in a loud voice ‘If any man is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.'”
- Pray Living Water would flow out from our innermost beings; church would do the works Jesus did, being filled with the Spirit
1 Thess 4:16 “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God… Verse 18 “Therefore, encourage each other with these words.”
- Pray the church would await the coming of the Lord, would not be discouraged, but would endure persecution
Other prayers from the Psalms:
Psalm 145:4 “One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of Your mighty acts.”
- Pray for Christian children; that they would not depart from the faith, but be strong in the Lord
Psalm 145:6 “They will tell of the power of Your awesome works, and I will proclaim Your great deeds.”
- Pray believers would share the Word whenever possible; give them discernment and clarity
Psalm 145:14 “The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.”
- Pray for increased strength for Christians, that they would not give up, but help each other
Psalm 145:15 “The eyes of all look to You, and you give them their food at the proper time.”
- Pray for provision, for enough to eat, for good jobs and all provision
Psalm 145:18 “The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.”
- Pray presence of the Lord would be manifest and felt strongly by believers; that they would not cease calling upon Him
Psalm 145:20 “The Lord watches over all who love Him, but all the wicked He will destroy
- Thank you, Lord, for protecting Christian believers; pray for releasing of more angelic protection
- Pray Christians would be able to forgive and pray for their enemies, knowing their final
destiny if they do not repent
Psalm 146:3 “Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men who cannot save.”
- Pray believers would fear God and not fear mortal men who can only hurt the body; let them not fear death
Psalm 146:7 “He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets the prisoners free.”
- Pray those taken captive would be rescued and set free; pray for those imprisoned for the Lord’s sake be set free
- Pray for salvation for the oppressors or that they be brought down
Psalm 147:3 “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
- Pray for inner healing for those devastated by persecution; pray for physical healing for those beaten and / or denied medica care or other infirmities
Psalm 147:19 “He has revealed His Word to Jacob, His laws and decrees to Israel.”
- Pray believers would have access to the Word, would understand it, would be able to memorize it and share it.
We are continuing to lift up these persecuted witnesses to the Lord:
Leah Sharibu prisoner of Boko Haram since 2018. Pray for her release.
Alice Loksha Ngaddah was kidnapped in February 2019. She is a mother of two, working as a nurse for UNICEF. Pray for her release.
Pastor Wang Yi to be released from Chinese prison.
Anita a Christian convert, facing a long prison term who escaped from Iran and praying to go to a country where she can express her faith openly.
Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani from Iran for his release and his family as their persecution continues. Pastor Nadarkhani is serving the second year of his six-year sentence.
“I am sending you, to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me” (Acts 26:18)
Valerie Creekmore, 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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