(Voice of the Persecuted) You are invited to join us on Saturday, March 11, 2023 in a prayer conference call for the persecuted church hosted by Persecution Watch.
I was reading Luke chapter 12 and saw it was rich with good things to pray.
Luke 12:1 “Meanwhile, when a crowd of many thousands had gathered, so that they were trampling on one another, Jesus began to speak first to his disciples, saying: ‘Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.’“
- Pray unbelievers would not be dissuaded from following Yeshua because of hypocrisy in the church.
- Pray they would read Word and follow it.
Luke 12:2 “There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.”
- Pray for truth; reveal every hidden lie and deception, truth in reporting, reveal truth of the Word.
- Pray God’s Word would be available in printed form, on the internet, story tellers, electronic devices.
Luke 12:4-5 “4 I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. 5 But I will show you who you should fear: fear Him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear Him.”
- Pray believers would not fear man but fear only God.
Luke 12:8-9 “8 I tell you, whoever acknowledges me before men, the son of man will also acknowledge him before the angels of God. 9 But he who disowns me before men will be disowned before the angels of God.”
- Pray persecuted brothers and sisters, including the children, will have strength not to deny the Son of Man when pressured.
Luke 12:10 “And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.”
- Pray Christians would honor and be filled with and led by the Holy Spirit.
Luke 12:11-12 “11 When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, 12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.”
- Pray believers would have faith to believe that and not fret or worry.
Luke 12:21 “This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God.”
- Pray Christians would give liberally to God ordained ministries; give discernment to know who to give to.
Luke 12:22 “Then Jesus said to his disciples: ‘therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.”
- Pray believers would have more faith and cast their cares upon Jesus.
Luke 12:31 “But seek His Kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.”
- Pray Christians would be Kingdom minded, seeking to do Kingdom business.
Luke 12:35 “Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning.”
- Pray the church would not be worn down but be constantly filled and refilled with the Spirit.
Luke 12:53 “They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother in law against daughter in law and daughter in law against mother in law.”
- Pray for those rejected by family because of their Christian faith. Pray for their protection, perseverance, etc.
Luke 12:56 “Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don’t know how to interpret this present time?”
- Pray Christians would recognize chronos (appointed, opportune times) times and know what to do.
Psalm 136:1 “Give thanks to the LORD for he is good. His love (merciful, unending, covenant love) endures forever. ( Ki l’olam chasdo; כי לעלות חסדו)
- Pray the church would give thanks in all things. Easy to say, not so easy to do.
Again, we want to lift-up these persecuted witnesses to the Lord:
- Leah Sharibu, a 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 Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani from Iran, as he and his family are adjusting from his recent release from prison, that they may know what God’s will is for them now. Pray for the trauma they had to endure.
- Pray for Ryan Kohler, pilot for Mission Aviation who is in prison in Mozambique. While flying supplies to orphanages in the Northeast of the country, he and two others were detained and accused of supporting terrorism.
- 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Matthew 9:37-38
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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