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This Sunday! Prayer Conference Call Event for IDOP 2018

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Our second IDOP 2018 Prayer Conference call is scheduled on Sunday, November 11, 2018. Mark your calendars. View call information, call in number, access code and free app details at this link.

Meet you on the call!

 

Reminder: IDOP Prayer Conference Calls on Nov. 4th & Nov. 11th 3-10p.m. EST)

Special Event (Voice of the Persecuted) This first and second Sundays in November have been designated as the International Day of Prayer  for the Persecuted Church (IDOP). Tomorrow, global prayers will be going up for our persecuted brothers and sisters uniting with many living in restricted nations who suffer in the shadow of the cross
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The number one and often only request of our persecuted family is, “Pray for us!” How will we respond?
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The Apostle Paul shared, “Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is the one who died, but even more, has been raised; he is also at the right hand of God and intercedes for us. (Romans 8:34)  Jesus is also interceding for those who lay down their lives for his sake.  Will we join him in prayerful intercession and answer the requests of our persecuted brothers and sisters?
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Persecution Watch, in partnership with Voice of the Persecuted, will host a seven-hour prayer call tomorrow afternoon beginning at 3p.m. (EST). We will also host another IDOP call next Sunday. Hear their cries and don’t remain silent. Join us, prayer changes everything!
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Please share the event invitation with your churches, pastors, prayer groups, family and friends, and all others who will pray.
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Please view the Call Event details and download the flyer at this link. You will also find international call number and free call app at the link.

Ministries to Host Prayer Conference Call Events for IDOP 2018

SPECIAL EVENT: (Voice of the Persecuted) Millions of Christians around the world are persecuted for their faith daily. From Pakistan to Kazakhstan, Nigeria to North Korea, Christians routinely face discrimination, harassment, violence and even death for their faith in Jesus. Their suffering is unimaginable. 

The Bible in Hebrews 13:3 command Christians to pray for those suffering as if they themselves were suffering. In other words, the Bible calls us to not only remember those who suffer but also to identify with them in their suffering. In keeping with this scriptural command, the International Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) has united millions of Christians in prayer for the suffering Body of Christ around the world. After all, as the Bible says: If one suffers, we all suffer.

The IDOP has also been a source of solidarity and encouragement to persecuted Christians by reminding them that they are part of a larger, global family of believers. This prayer event also encourages the global Church to hear their cry and respond to their plight.

From those who cry out to him in the death camps of North Korea to those imprisoned in the shipping containers of Eritrea, surely the Lord hears the cry of our persecuted brothers and sisters, the word of God declares it.
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Try to imagine hearing a bride crying out to her husband in the midst of persecutions and sufferings. What godly husband would not be moved to compassion seeing his wife lying in the hospital bed? Moved even tears by the cries of her sufferings for her beloved to be with her as she goes through a trial of illness. Would this dear man of God not cry out to God on his knees for his wife in tearful prayer to be delivered through the suffering she is enduring. If a godly husband would do this for the wife that he loved so dearly, how much more would Jesus cry out to God for his bride enduring the sufferings of persecution? Paul tells us in Romans 8:34 that Jesus is interceding for us, which includes his persecuted bride.
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Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is the one who died, but even more, has been raised; he also is at the right hand of God and intercedes for us. 
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The great Bridegroom himself, cries out and pleads to the father for those undergoing suffering, persecution and affliction. For sure God the Father hears the cries of his Son sitting at his right hand.
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But brothers and sisters do we hear their cries? Jesus is interceding for his persecuted bride. Will you hear his plea to join in intercession with him and cry out for our persecuted brothers and sisters?
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This coming November, the first two Sundays have been set aside and designated as the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, commonly known as the IDOP. On Sunday, November 4th and Sunday, November 11th believers all over the globe will be interceding for our persecuted family.
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Voice of the Persecuted and Persecution Watch will partner to host a 7-hour prayer conference call on both Sundays to join in this global intercession event. The call is open to all who desire to pray and intercede for the persecuted bride of Christ
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The Lord hears the cries of the righteous who are afflicted. He intercedes for them. Will we hear the cries of our persecuted family? It’s time for us to intercede in prayer for them. Join us!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

Location: Any location from your phone
PRINT/DOWNLOAD FLYER IDOP 2018 Prayer Conference Call (please share with pastors, church members, prayer groups)
DATE:
Sunday November 4
Sunday November 11
Time:
3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern time
2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Central time
1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mountain time
12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Pacific time
Call Number:  
712-775-7035
Access Code:
281207#

International numbers and Mobile App links available

MOBILE APP: Free Conference Call HD also provides a quick and easy way for you to dial into conference calls without having to remember the dial-in credentials. Save all of your conference call dial-in numbers and access codes using this free app. With the Free Conference Call HD you can instantly dial into a conference call via 3G/4G data network and or regular mobile carrier. Google Play link  or App Store – iTunes

Available International IDOP Prayer Conference Call Numbers

(Note: If you will be using one of the call numbers below, you may experience issues in your country. If you are unable to connect, try using the VoIP dialer available at this link. Click on VoIP dialer, go to this number 712-775-7035 in the drop down menu—enter access code 281207 (do not add the # symbol)—enter your name and click on the ‘Place Call’ button.)

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The weekly Persecution Watch Prayer Call meets at 9pm EST every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. For more info contact: pwprayercall@gmail.com  

Thank You IDOP2016 Prayer Warriors!

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Brothers and Sisters, I want to thank each of you who participated on the IDOP Prayer Call Events on Nov. 6th and 13th. What a joy it was hearing from and praying with our persecuted family on the ‘frontlines’! We pray they were lifted up by the many prayers offered on their behalf. We also thank them for the testimonies and prayers to encourage us.
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Thank you to our special guests for sharing their testimonies, news and for encouraging us to care for and connect with the persecuted. We also want to thank all the global advocates who collaborated with us on the call. We so appreciate your participation in advancing this important call to prayer.
Again, thank you for your sacrificing your time for our suffering brethren. We prayed God’s heart concerning our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world and for the global harvest. I pray God’s richest blessings over each one of you.  Please invite others who may be interested in coming and lifting up our persecuted family in prayer.
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Mark your calendars! For the past year, we’ve been hosting (5th Friday) 12-hour prayer call events praying for the persecuted. Our last 2016 call will be held on December 30th 8pm EST. We invite all to come on that call and pray united with us. Mark your calendars and watch for the event details and flyer to be shared next week.
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You are also welcome to join the weekly Persecution Watch prayer conference calls. If you are so led, please do participate in our weekly calls for the persecuted. info below
(Tues—Thur—Sat)
Time: 
9 p.m. Eastern
8 p.m. Central
7 p.m. Mountain
6 p.m. Pacific
Call Number:  
712-775-7035
Access Code:
281207#
Your brother in Christ,
Blaine Scogin
Serving Jesus as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted and Persecution Watch.
Persecution Watch

Christian writer who ‘insulted Islam’ murdered in Jordan

Jordian Christian writer Nahed Hattar murdered by gunman outside of court house.

Jordian Christian writer Nahed Hattar murdered by gunman outside of court house. Photo: Nahed Hattar’s Facebook page

JORDAN: (Voice of the Persecuted) Many reports are being shared of a gunman who was arrested after killing prominent Jordanian writer, Nahed Hattar outside of Amman court where he was facing charges of inciting sectarian strife and insulting Islam over an “offensive” cartoon. On Sunday, Hattar was shot in the head three times as he arrived at the court for a hearing. Hattar’s two brothers and a friend were at the scene, chased and were able to catch the killer and hand him over to the police.

Hattar, a Christian, was arrested on August 13 after posting a cartoon produced by an unknown artist titled, ‘The God of Daesh (Isis)’ on his Facebook account with an Isis militant sitting next to two women and asking God to bring him a drink. Many Jordanian Muslims had found it offensive and against their religion. The Christian writer then removed the cartoon claiming it was not meant to insult Islam and did not infringe God’s divinity in any way”. It was shared to expose how Isis “envisions God and heaven”.

The Guardian reported that the family of Hattar holds Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki responsible when he ordered Nahed’s arrest and put him on trial for sharing the cartoon. His cousin said the prime minister ignited the public against him and created a hostile atmosphere that encouraged violence that led to his murder.

Jordanian government spokesman, Mohammad Momani condemned the killing as a “heinous crime”, but also said, “The government will strike with an iron hand all those who exploit this crime to broadcast speeches of hatred to our community.” Read the Guardian’s full report.

Update: some have reported that though Hattar came from a Christian family, he had expressed various atheist views throughout his life. We are unable at this time to confirm his religious beliefs. But as one who notified us presumed,  we support an end to persecution of all human beings and this crime is no less an outrage, whatever Hattar’s beliefs.

Where are the voices in the Church speaking out? How Muslims in these nations are not held accountable when they mock the faith of Christians, destroy Bibles and claim a follower of Jesus Christ is a blasphemer when revealing the truth that Christ is the Lord and Savior of the world. That it’s unfair to be arrested for sharing a caricature to call attention to the radical ideology of terrorists. That it’s not inciting violence, hate speech or insulting the Islamic faith, but to call out the darkness coming against humanity. Where are the cries for laws to protect Christians in these nations?

Can you imagine living under this threat of this darkness on a daily basis? Blasphemy laws unfairly protect Islam and are used to abuse minorities, particularly Christians. Until these draconian laws are abolished, they will bring more persecution, mob violence and the murder of our brothers and sisters in Christ. Please pray for them as, day by day, they’re coming under increasing attacks without fair trials or protection. They need and covet our prayers. May the Lord give them strength to endure in faith. Please speak out against these human rights abuses. Please share these stories to inform other Christians and encourage them to pray with you. Let’s fight this battle on our knees before the throne as we praise our mighty God.

Oh Father, bend low to hear our combined prayers and petitions for our persecuted family in Christ. Bless and have mercy on these dear ones. Protect them from the schemes of the evil one. May You be glorified by the witness of their steadfast faith.

This Friday, Sept. 30th we will hold another (5th Friday), 24-hour Prayer Call Event. Unite with us in prayer as we lift up our suffering brothers and sisters persecuted for their faith in Jesus. Please share this event with many and encourage them to honor the number one request of those in the Persecuted Church, “PRAY FOR US!”. Call details and printable flyer here.

We are committed to being a VOICE for persecuted Christians to bring them comfort, relief, and encouragement. We have committed to a long-term mission in Nigeria and are helping the persecuted suffering through the asylum process in Thailand. They will not be forgotten!

We want you to know that even in great hardship, they thank God and feel extremely blessed that He has kept His hand on orphan-306x4601them. They’re so encouraged and thank God for each one of you who have joined this mission through your prayers and support.

Together with your generous help, we can reach the goal to alleviate horrific suffering. In darkness and desperation, let us serve in love, with open arms and giving hands to provide light and hope.

HELP SAVE THE PERSECUTED

HELP SAVE THE PERSECUTED

Every day, we thank God that He is working through you to care for His children and to further His Kingdom! As you greatly bless others, may God continue to bless you. Thank you so much for your support. We couldn’t do it without you!
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If the Lord is placing it on your heart and you are able, please help us to continue the mission in Nigeria. Donations always desperately needed

 

Living in a World Filled with Delusional People

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(Voice of the Persecuted) There are six kittens in my house right now.  They are seven weeks old, and they can already climb to the top of the highest shelf in the house and jump half way across the room. They are utterly adorable, but they can be destructive as well.  I wouldn’t trust them with anything valuable or dangerous.  If you think child-proofing your home is difficult then you should try kitten-proofing your home. Fortunately, I love them.  I want good life-long homes for them.  I want good health and proper vet care for them.  But I do know they are definitely not perfect.  They are in need of correction when they behave badly.  Now I don’t know exactly how you discipline a kitten.  The firm ‘NO!’ doesn’t seem to be working.  In a few weeks they will go to their new homes and be someone else’s problem. They will eventually grow up and behave in a somewhat more civilized and acceptable manner.  My grown cats are fairly easily managed, and they aren’t nearly as destructive as kittens.

Today we are living with many people in all walks of life who as equally undisciplined as a litter of kittens or puppies.  Maybe it was cute when they were little, but it is ridiculous and even dangerous today.  Actually, they were probably spoiled brats  and bullies as children and they are even worse today.  These people have rejected truth and right in favor of doing whatever seems good to them at the moment.  They are not afraid to bully and trivialize those who behave in a manner they deem to be old fashioned.  Somehow these people have become delusional.  Their delusions vary from believing that abortion is acceptable to believing that behaviors are acceptable that God clearly calls sin to believing they personally are above the law.  The bottom line is they have rejected God Almighty as the power and authority behind creation.  Without the true and living God, their lives have an empty place in the core of their being.  That empty place cries out to be filled.  Having rejected the God who created them, people are looking for a god who is worthy of their worship.  At the same time they want a god who does not require anything of them.  They form a false god in their own image.  In other words, they self-worship. They are going along with the original lie that Satan told Eve. They may not openly worship themselves, but what else would you call it?  The one who actually has the power and authority to make and enforce the rules is God. If a human being suddenly gives themselves authority to make and enforce rules they have made an idol of themselves.  They are self-worshipers who have set themselves up as gods.  My opinion is that the strong delusion that makes all other delusions possible for the individual is that they can be gods.

  • And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

                            2 Thessalonians 2:11

  • And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

                      Romans 1:28

  • Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

                         2 Timothy 3:8

  • They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

                 Titus 1:6

This is the world in which we live today. Those in power and those around us are denying God so they have no reason to bow to His authority.  They are delusional as they call the evil good and good evil.  Unlike kittens and puppies, they will not grow up and change for the better. In rejecting God a reprobate and perverted mind is simply par for the course.

Christians are now living in a world where mocking God is far more common than worshiping God.  There are those who openly ridicule and reject the God of creation. There are those who pretend to follow Jesus, but do not do the things He says to do.  There are those who clearly follow another Jesus who has no power or authority to do anything.  In other words, the self-worshiping crowd makes up a Jesus that fits their own idea of what a god should be like.  Many of these people love to point out that Jesus said to love one another, and that is unloving to point out sin.  Actually Jesus pointed out sin all the time.  It would be wrong for a Christian to invent a sin or call their personal preferences right.  Christians are not allowed to call sin something that they personally don’t like.  Jesus was clear that certain things are sin.  Christians who point that out are simply telling the truth according to Jesus Christ.

God always has followers.  There will never be a day when Jesus Christ does not have followers.  True followers of Jesus do have a duty to speak out and tell the truth. We can do this through the power of God.

  • For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

                        2 Timothy 1:7

God did not leave us without help in facing the world.  Instead of fear God has given us power, love, and a sound mind.

Yes – we love those who are delusional. God Himself is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. Who are we to choose a different path than the one chosen by God?  Pray for the lost, and tell the truth.

Power – the truth has a power all its own.  Just tell the truth.  Tell the truth in your daily life.  Even little lies or half truths can have great consequences.

A sound mind – God has given us discernment meaning we can tell the truth from a lie.  To increase our discernment we need to follow closely some instructions set down for us in the Bible.

Study the Bible.  2 Timothy 2:15 says, (Visit our Study the Bible page)

  • Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

No matter how busy you are, you must make time to study the word of God.  Study can include listening to sound Bible teachers on audio.

Be obedient to all God’s instructions.  There are many Christians who pick and choose the parts of the Bible they want to believe. They are convinced that God wants them to be happy more than He wants them to be obedient.  These Christians and pseudo-Christians are headed for dire consequences.

Be patient – do not jump out of the frying pan into the fire.  Remember Abraham who became impatient and begat an illegitimate son through his wife’s handmaid.  Look at the problems that one act of impatience has brought to the entire world!  Wait on the lord.

  • Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

         Hebrews 12:1-2

  • Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.                                                          Psalm 27:14
  • Wait on the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it. Psalm 37:34
  • Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the Lord, and he shall save thee.                                                                                          Proverbs 20:22

Continue in good works.

  • To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: Romans 2:7
  • And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Galatians 6:9
  • But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing. 2 Thessalonians 3:13
  • For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: 1 Peter 2:15
  • For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing. 1 Peter 3:17
  • Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator. 1 Peter 4:19

Be faithful to God and His word even if you suffer for it.  God is righteous in all that He does.  Someday we will see the big picture and understand why some things happened.  In the meantime pray for the brethren who are persecuted for their faith. Your well doing may even put to silence the ignorant and foolish!

Praise the Lord!  Psalm 35:28 says,

And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long.’

This entire Psalm seems to fit the world today very well.  Take time to read it.  But most of all take time to praise the Lord our Redeemer.  God has not changed though the world is changing rapidly.  Heaven is still waiting for Christians.  Reunions with loved ones are still coming in heaven.  Heaven is a very real place filled with very real people who are doing very real and enjoyable things.  Our good works today may be used by God to point lost souls to Jesus Christ.  That will make for more glad reunions for more people.

A gift from God is like-minded Christians.  Yet, sometimes a true Christian finds themselves in a situation where there is no one to discuss a matter with them.  In cases like these remember Nehemiah, who finding himself in just such a situation, consulted with himself.  There wasn’t anyone around to talk to.  But, Nehemiah went over the things he knew to be true and proceeded to do what was right.  Nehemiah 5:7,

  • ‘Then I consulted with myself, and I rebuked the nobles, and the rulers, and said unto them, Ye exact usury, every one of his brother. And I set a great assembly against them.

This is a good example for us to follow when we find ourselves standing alone for something that we know is right according to the word of God.  Do what is right anyway.

God bless you.

By Barbara Henderson, Every Day Christianity with Barbara Henderson

Urgent Prayer Request: Pray for Christian Prisoner, Ibrahim Firouzi and His Mother Hospitalized with Cancer

Photo credit: Voice of Christians in Iran www.vocir.info

Photo credit: Voice of Christians in Iran http://www.vocir.info

(Voice of the Persecuted) It has been brought to our attention that the mother of imprisoned Iranian Christian, Ibrahim Firouzi is in the hospital with cancer that has spread to her brain.  VOCIR shared in a report that after her son converted to Christianity, he was arrested on August 25, 2013 and convicted of evangelizing, colluding with “anti-regime” foreign networks, launching a Christian website, and in short, working against the Islamic Republic of Iran. Although his prison term was supposed to end on January 13, 2015, authorities continued holding him illegally, and on March 8 sentenced him to serve another five years “in very difficult conditions.”

According to the report, on July/12/2016, Ibrahim Firouzi was beaten by prison officials before being transferred to the Appeals Court. His arm is now damaged from the hand to elbow.
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His mother has strongly advocated for Firouzi. Sick with cancer, blind and alone, she desperately pleaded that attention to be brought to her son’s case and for his release. See video with English subtitles here.
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Our hearts break not only for this mother, but for her son who has not seen her since his imprisonment. This is the fate of those who choose to follow and not deny Christ in Iran, one of the world’s top human rights abusers. Firouzi’s mother is fighting for her life. Who will be his voice? Who will stand in the gap for them and other suffering Iranian Christians, share their stories and pray?
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Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
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As the Church, we must do more for our brothers and sisters suffering for Christ. Persecution of our brothers and sisters continues to rise. It’s hard not to recognize what season we are in. Speak out, lives are at stake and there’s no time left to waste and be silent.  We must encourage one another to gather in prayer for the persecuted, the weakest members of the Body of Christ. Talk to your pastors, fellow church members and prayer partners. Let us commit to get on our knees before the Lord purposely interceding on their behalf. Learn what’s taking place and stay informed.

Will you pray, today?

Father, we lift our dear sister so sick with cancer and suffering deep heartbreak. Please comfort her and ease her pain. Heal her broken heart and give her peace. Bring those who will surround her with love and hearts to care. Father, we pray there is a way for her to be reunited with her son—one faithfully carrying his cross while bound and broken on account of Christ. Almighty Father, we know all things are possible through Christ our Lord. In His name, we ask for his wounds to be healed, chains to be broken, prison doors opened and freedom from his dark prison cell. May all plans of the wicked be brought down. Softened the hearts of Iranian officials towards our brothers and sisters. We lift the nation of Iran to Your throne. We thank you, Father for the rapid expansion of faith in Christ seen spreading throughout Iran, today. May Your Gospel go boldly forth and be heard by all Iranian people.  Father, hear the cries of Your faithful and our prayers on their behalf. We trust in Your perfect plan for us and in the nation of Iran. May all that is done bring praise and glory to You, forever and ever. In Christ our Lord, we pray. Amen
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 Visit VOCIR to learn more and stay updated on Christians in Iran

 

Do My Prayers For the Persecuted Church Matter or Make a Difference?

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This Christian girl was injured with burns and bruises during anti Christian violence by Hindu nationalists in 2008. It occurred when a bomb was thrown into her house by extremists. Photo: Wikipedia

(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.

Ephesians 6:18

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

HELP SAVE THE PERSECUTED

Together with your generous help, we can reach the goal to alleviate horrific suffering. In darkness and desperation, let us serve in love, with open arms and giving hands to provide light and hope.

HELP SAVE THE PERSECUTED

Every day, we thank God that He is working through you to care for His children and to further His Kingdom! As you greatly bless others, may God continue to bless you. Thank you so much for your support. We couldn’t do it without you!
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