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(Voice of the Persecuted) I heard an account about a dear sister who had been imprisoned by North Korea for her faith in Jesus. By the grace of God, she had gotten out of the death camp where she had spent time in solitary confinement. I believe she made it to safety in South Korea. When asked how she had endured the hardship of imprisonment she answered, “I heard the prayers of the saints.” That one simple statement from this precious believer is enough to keep me praying for our persecuted brothers and sisters.
Pray at all times in the Spirit with every prayer and request, and stay alert in this with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints.
Paul reminds us in his letter to the Ephesians that there’s unity in the Spirit. We are linked to the Lord Jesus Christ and to one another by the Holy Spirit. In our prayers for the persecuted, we pray in the Spirit. Thus, making it easy to believe this dear sister truly heard the prayers of the saints.
We’ve been told many times by those we pray for, “I can feel your prayers.” That God answered our prayers by protecting them during an attack or other dire circumstances.
This should be a great encouragement for us to keep praying for those precious saints in the shipping containers of Eritrea, the prisons of Iran, the death camps of North Korea, refugee camps in the Middle East and Africa or other places where the persecuted church exists. To realize we are linked by the Holy Spirit and know persecuted believers hear and feel our prayers.
Paul also reminds us when one member of the body suffers, we all suffer. That we are to weep with those who are weeping. Praying for our persecuted brothers and sisters whether they are thousands of miles away in the bush of Nigeria or a village in India. The Holy Spirit links us so close to those suffering for the Lord Jesus Christ, it’s as if we can hear their cries, weep their tears and feel their pain. We can stand as Aaron and Hur lifting their arms in prayer to a loving, heavenly Father who deeply cares for them.
Prayer may sometimes seem like the least important, but truly it’s the most effective and significant thing we can do for the persecuted. It’s our greatest weapon against evil attacking the Church, today. James reminds us that the urgent request of a righteous person is indeed very powerful in it’s effect. My brothers and sisters, stop listening to and ignore those who say prayer doesn’t work. Tune it out, it’s a deception of the great deceiver! Put on the armor of God, believe in His Word and His mighty power. Stand firm against the schemes of the devil.
So if you’re wondering if your prayers even matter, remember those who say they do. You’re making a difference in the lives of many every time you pray.
Don’t allow the prayer requests of the persecuted to be forgotten. Pray and listen to the Holy Spirit. He will surely direct you in how to remember our brothers and sisters facing extreme suffering in prisons and other places…as if we were with there with them.
Our next 24 hour Prayer Conference Call will be held on September 30th. Mark your calendars now and watch for the event flyer. Don’t miss this opportunity to pray together as one and hear from our persecuted brothers and sisters. (Note: You’re not required to commit to 24 hours. Come on the call and pray as your time allows.) I also invite you to join the weekly prayer conference call for the Persecuted Church, PERSECUTION WATCH on Tues, Thurs and Saturday evenings. Call duration is approx. one hour of prayer. Call in from any location.
Time of the Call: Weekdays: Tues, Thur. and Saturday
9 p.m. Eastern time
8 p.m. Central time
7 p.m. Mountain time
6 p.m. Pacific time
Call number: 712.775.7035
Access code: 281207#
Posted from the foot of His cross.
Brother Blaine Scogin
Serving Jesus as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted
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(Voice of the Persecuted) In these troubled and unstable times, many feel as though threats loom around every corner. We’re bombarded with constant news of terrorist attacks or those which have been thwarted, war or the threat thereof, the refugee crisis, economic woes, intolerance disguised as tolerance, growing divisions among citizens in nearly every nation, increasing violence and hatred. It can be very difficult to deal with and extremely intimidating. But as Christians, it would be hard not to notice the push to remove God and His Word from society as a whole. The attacks against our faith in Christ and the rapid rise of Christian persecution, quite possibly by our friends and family members. How does one not become overwhelmed by the pressures of this world? What can we do as believers in Christ to keep from being crushed by the darkness closing in?
Put your focus back on Jesus, have faith. FEAR is a distraction to draw you away from him. Remember God’s promises. He is faithful and His Word will never come back void! To know where these attacks come from and why, STUDY God’s Word here and equip yourselves with courage.
Read scriptures that can guide and encourage you on topics relating to fear, such as fear and anxiety, fear of love, fear of the unknown and fear of death. Read verses from the Holy Bible about fear in relation to God, Jesus Christ, and the Christian faith.
Let us encourage one another come what may…Love wins! Below are Bible verses about fear to help you overcome. God bless you, dear brothers and sisters. May God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand, guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus, our Lord. AMEN
4 say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.”
27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
1 But now, this is what the LORD says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley,I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
4 I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.
19 When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.
38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
1 The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
6 The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?
7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
11 You who fear him, trust in the LORD— he is their help and shield.
17 But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children—
1 Praise the LORD.Blessed are those who fear the LORD, who find great delight in his commands.
6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
20 David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished.
3 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. 4 In God, whose word I praise— in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?
10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
13 For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.
4 “Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated. You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood.
28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”
13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.
5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” 6 So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”
13 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats ; do not be frightened.”
18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
source Bible Study Tools
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Who has held the oceans in His hands? Who has numbered every grain of sand? Kings and nations tremble at His voice. All creation rises to rejoice
Behold our God seated on His throne
Come let us adore Him
Behold our King nothing can compare
Come let us adore Him!
Who has given counsel to the Lord? Who can question any of His Words? Who can teach the One who knows all things? Who can fathom all His wondrous deeds?
Who has felt the nails upon His hands bearing all the guilt of sinful man?
God eternal humbled to the grave. Jesus, Savior risen now to reign! (Behold Our God, original lyrics)
STOP, be still. Turn off the all that distracts you. Shhh, be silent and listen. Can you hear that? The ONE who loves you is calling your name…Go to HIM!