Why the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church Matters

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China seeks to rid itself of religion, closing churches and putting pastors in prison. Fulani herdsmen hunt for Christians in Nigeria, killing 600 in 2020 alone. As secret believers meet online, Iran’s government creates a digital chokehold.

Persecution appears in the headlines more often than we’d like. “But the silver lining, or the good side, of that story is the Church is growing in hostile and restricted nations. More people are following Jesus Christ in China and Iran; even places like North Korea,” Todd Nettleton with Voice of the Martyrs USA says.

“There is more persecution, but part of the reason is there are more Christians, more potential targets for persecution.”

Long ago, Nettleton says, ministries set aside November 1 with the persecuted Church in mind. This Sunday is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP).

“This is a response to what our brothers and sisters ask of us, but it’s also a response to what Scripture calls us to do,” Nettleton says. In Hebrews 13:3, the unidentified author instructs believers to “remember those who are in prison.” Paul writes extensively about the Body of Christ in 1 Corinthians 12.

“We’re all connected; we’re all part of the same body. This is what [persecuted Christians] asked us to do to help and support them.”

Use these resources to get your church involved. Wondering what happens when people pray for persecuted Christians? Ask Petr Jasek.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray the Lord will supernaturally let persecuted Christians know they are not forgotten.
  • Ask God to break through persecutors’ hearts, and lead them to faith in Christ.