(Voice of the Persecuted) You are invited to join us on Tuesday December 6, 2022 in a prayer conference call for the persecuted church hosted by Persecution Watch.
Some of you may remember this letter by Brother Blaine, Founder of Persecution Watch, written for the Body of Christ to encourage continued prayer for the global Persecuted Church, our brothers and sisters in Christ. In a world that feels it’s on the verge of chaos, all news seems to be bad news. It’s hard to keep focus with so much going on across the globe. Persecution continually rises as is more and more negativity towards our faith in Christ. Let us ask the Lord to help us focus on Him, His Kingdom purposes and that the Holy Spirit will guide our prayers.
“My Brothers and Sisters,
Often it is overwhelming to know how to pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters. There is never a lack of information and with the increase of persecution sometimes there is TMI. As we sense the culmination of redemptive history drawing near, we know the persecutions will increase.
It is during these times our heart cry to God in “Dear Lord how do I pray for the suffering saints around the world? The information is too much. And the needs are too great. Dear God, how do I pray?”
Lately I have found the most powerful thing we can pray is the word of God. The New Testament is a book about persecution, written by those who were persecuted, for the persecuted. As I have started praying for the persecuted church years ago. The New Testament takes on a deeper meaning. The early saints drew encouragement and strength from the letters that were written to them by the Apostles. These letters have given rise today to what we call our New Testament [and] a source of encouragement to the early Christians. They are a source of encouragement to the persecuted Christians of today. Much inspiration can be derived from the letters to pray over our persecuted brothers and sisters in this present hour.
Also, the Psalms are a great encouragement to pray for our persecuted family. Many of these Psalms are written by David. King Saul was seeking to take his life, David was persecuted. As David wrote about the afflictions that Saul was bringing against him, we see the afflictions that come against our brothers and sisters by those who persecute them. So again, the Psalms are a great source of encouragement to pray for those who are in the shadow of the cross.
Specific information is always good to pray over regarding certain areas of the world. But the most powerful thing we can pray in a general sense over the [global] persecuted church is the powerful word of God. This is not a cop out as; “O God bless the persecuted church” but a powerful weapon to pray back to God His Word that He will amplify back to the persecuted brothers and sisters. In the Spirit, this can be such a tremendous encouragement to our persecuted family.
Dear brothers and sisters when you feel overwhelmed in how to pray for your persecuted family. Look to the Word of God. Ask the Lord to give you something out of His word to pray over the persecuted. And then a powerful prayer will emerge from your heart.
Your brother in Christ,
We are continuing to lift up these persecuted witnesses to the Lord:
Alice Loksha Ngaddah was kidnapped in February 2019. She is a mother of two, working as a nurse for UNICEF. Pray for her release.
Leah Sharibu prisoner of Boko Haram since 2018. Pray for her release.
Pastor Wang Yi to be released from Chinese prison.
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.
• Pray for Anita to make an easy transition into her new culture and that the Lord will be gracious in bringing her family members.
“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)
Please join Sister Valerie on the prayer conference call as she lifts the persecuted to the Lord in prayer.
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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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