(Voice of the Persecuted) You are invited to join us on Saturday, March 18, 2023 in a prayer conference call for the persecuted church hosted by Persecution Watch.
I love the Psalms. I wonder if everything in the Word is condensed in the Psalms. Yesterday I began reading in Psalm 144.
Psalm 144:1 “Praise be to the LORD, my rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle.”
Matthew 11:12 “From the days of John the Baptist until now, the Kingdom of Heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it.”
- Pray the church would be fully awake and ready for spiritual warfare, putting on the whole armor of God, pulling down strongholds. Pray enemies would be scattered and put to confusion.
Psalm 144:2 “He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me.”
- Pray and thanks for protection, deliverance when we need it, see in the distance from our high tower, saving us from snares and traps of the enemy.
Psalm 144:3 “O LORD, what is man that you care for him, the son of man that you think of him?”
- Pray the persecuted would have more understanding of how much God loves them. Pray they would feel our prayers.
Psalm 144:4 “Man is like a breath; his days are like a fleeting shadow.”
- Pray the persecuted church would have more of God’s perspective of time; how short this life is and how long eternity is.
Psalm 144:5 “Part your heavens, O LORD, and come down; touch the mountains so that they smoke.”
- Pray for revival.
Psalm 144:9 “I will sing a new song to you, O God; on the ten stringed lyre I will make music to you.”
- Pray for a spirit of joy, thanksgiving, and new songs too.
Psalm 144:11 “Deliver me and rescue me from the hands of foreigners whose mouths are full of lies, whose right hands are deceitful.”
- Pray for discernment.
- Pray for lies to be uncovered and truth to prevail.
Psalm 144:12 “Then our sons in their youth will be like well nurtured plants, and our daughters will be like pillars carved to adorn a palace.”
- Pray for our children.
Psalm 144:13 “Our barns will be filled with every kind of provision. Our sheep will increase by thousands, by ten thousands in our fields.”
- Pray for all manner of provision.
Psalm 144:15 “Blessed are the people of whom this is true; blessed are the people whose God is Yahovah.”
- Pray unbelievers would be provoked to jealousy and believers would be joyful and blessed.
Psalm 145:4 “One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts.”
- Pray parents and others would be able to clearly proclaim and share with younger generations.
Psalm 145:13 “Your Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom, and your dominion endured through all generations. The LORD is faithful to all his promises and loving to all he has made.
- Pray the church would not worry because of this, casting their cares upon Jesus Messiah. HE is in control.
Psalm 145:19 “He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them .”
- Pray the church would know how to cry out to God. Pray we would receive the desires of our heart when we delight in the LORD, it is promised.
“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4)
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
- For Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani from Iran, as he and his family are adjusting from his release from prison, that they may know what God’s will is for them now. Pray for the trauma they had to endure.
- UPDATE (March 17, 2023): Ryan Koher, a pilot for the U.S.-based ministry Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF), and two of the ministry’s South African volunteers were released from a Mozambican prison Tuesday afternoon, the organization announced. The trio had been held at a high-security prison inside the southeastern African country for four months. Their release is a provisional one and they are required to remain in the country, while their case is still ongoing, according to MAF. Koher is said to be “doing well” following his release and has spoken multiple times with his wife, Annabel, and his two sons since his release, the ministry said. Source
- 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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