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Tonight on Persecution Watch: Out of extreme persecution, a testimony of love

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(Voice of the Persecuted) Dear brothers and sisters, when I meet people I like to tell them who I am and share testimonies of my amazing Father and how much he loves, provides for and speaks to me. They’re often excited to hear more. I too get excited hearing stories of the amazing Grace of God from our brothers and sisters in Christ of old and present.

This morning, the Lord reminded me of a precious brother, Richard Wurmbrand, who was persecuted because he knew the love of Jesus and he loved him too!

In 1948, Richard was arrested by the Romanian Communist secret police on his way to church. He spent a total of fourteen years in prison. Three of those years in solitary confinement in a cell thirty feet underground, with no light or sound.

During his imprisonment, he was beaten and tortured physically and psychologically. He was forced to listen to the constant broadcasts of phrases denouncing Christianity and praising Communism. Richard recounted having the soles of his feet beaten until the flesh was torn off, then the next day beaten again to the bone. His body was scarred by the physical torture for the rest of his life.

“I have seen Christians in Communist prisons with 50 pounds of chains on their feet, tortured with red hot iron pokers, in whose throats spoonfuls of salt had been forced, being kept afterword without water, starving, whipped, suffering from cold and praying with fervor for the Communist. This is humanly inexplicable! It is the love of Christ, which was poured out in our hearts.”
I tremble because of the sufferings of those persecuted in different lands. I tremble thinking about the eternal destiny of their tortures.
I tremble for western Christians who don’t help they’re persecuted brother. In the depths of my heart, I would like to keep the beauty of my own vineyard and not be involved in such a huge fight. I would like so much to be somewhere in quietness and rest. But it is not possible… The quietness and rest for which I long would be an escape from reality and dangerous for my soul.
The West sleep and must be awakened to see the plight of the captive nations.”
—Richard Wurmbrand
When I come on the call as a moderator, I come with the knowledge of why we pray for our brothers and sisters. We pray for their sufferings in persecution, for their protection and freedom, because we love them.
“God will judge us not according to how much we endured, but I am much we love.” —Richard Wurmbrand
We also come on the call because we love those who do not know the Lord as their Savior. Despite all the abuse and torture Richard endured, he later said after his release:
“It was in prison that we found the hope of salvation for the Communists. It was there that we developed a sense of responsibility toward them. It was in being tortured by them that we learned to love them.”
“Consider as sin any minute of life spent on something other than saving souls for eternity from this world doomed to destruction.” — Richard Wurmbrand
Dear brothers and sisters, I encourage you as you are called by the Holy Spirit to join me tonight.
In Christ’s love,
Nadia Dybvik, 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 has 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 (please check your time zone). Blaine also serves as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted.

On occasion, persecuted brothers and sisters have been invited on the call to share the trials they’re 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’re new to the call and can’t 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.

Meet you on the call!

Modern-Day Martyrs Show Love and Forgiveness

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Two years ago this month Beshir Kamel went on television and thanked so-called Islamic State terrorists for not editing out the last words of his brother and the other Egyptian men they beheaded on a beach in Libya. “Lord, Jesus Christ,” were the last words of the Coptic Christians slaughtered because of their faith. The courage and integrity of their witness strengthened Kamel’s faith. “We are proud to have this number of people from our village who have become martyrs,” he said after his brother’s murder. “Since the Roman era, Christians have… Read more

‘Love Your Enemies’

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But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.—Luke 6:27

(Voice of the Persecuted) I have a picture on my prayer board that shows the 21 young Egyptian Coptic Christians kneeling on a beach in Libya with their persecutors behind them ready to give the fatal ending. Why do I have a picture of this horrendous event? To remind me to pray for them.

But then the Lord asked me:

Pray for these men. Not those who fell by the sword, for your brothers have received their reward! I need you to pray for those who stand behind them. Pray for their persecutors, they are lost in darkness. Intercede for them. Pray in the Spirit for them. This kind of darkness can only be won on the battlefield of Spiritual Warfare. Overcome their evil, their hate, through love and prayer! 

I looked at the picture again, this time with spiritual eyes. I began to see the love the Lord had for each of these men veiled in black. So I, with the Lord’s help, prayed.

Father,

We lift up each one of these men who by their hands have shed innocent blood. They are trapped in hate and darkness. Let their sleep be restless, let their dreams pierce their hearts and reveal to them the horrors and atrocities they have committed.
We pray a hedge of thorns around their consciousness and their souls. Let them wake in terror of the night and wake screaming with bloodstained hands!

Open the eyes of their hearts Lord! Reveal yourself, Isa, to them through dreams and visions!
Let not one be lost to you.
We bind Satan in your name, Lord Jesus. That the lies and cords of darkness be broken! Give them understanding, awaken their hearts, Lord. Make them weary of the bloodshed and the dead hollowness in their hearts.
Call out to them by name, Lord!
Jesus let them see You, reach out to You. Only You can free them from the desolation in their souls.

We ask this in Your mighty name, Lord Jesus, AMEN!

After praying, the song “Amazing Grace” came to me and I started to sing it. I too was lost and I was found by a gracious loving Savior who shed His blood for me and also for them.

We need to pray for the lost. Let us not harden our hearts and be deceived as to who is deserving of prayer and salvation.
This is a trap from the enemy! To lead the believers of God to hate those who commit murder in the name of hate.

The families of those martyred for their faith in Jesus forgave their husbands, fathers, sons and brothers murderers. They are an example of Christ’s love to the fullest. Whether it be members of Isis (Islamic State) or the likes of Boko Haram, we need to be on our knees praying. Remember Saul to Paul! Will you heed the call of the Lord to pray for them?

“The Lord is not slack concerning His promises, as some count slackness, but is long-suffering toward us, not willing that any perish but that all should come to repentance.—2 Peter 3:9

To God be the Glory!

L. Stradley, VOP Guest Author

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