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Praying for the Persecuted Church in Lent - From Suffering to Glory

“These are the words of him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again. I know your afflictions and your poverty – yet you are rich! ... Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.”(Revelation 2:8-10)

Two days ago we reflected on the martyrdom of such faithful Christians as George Orjih and Danil Sysoyev. For some, martyrdom speaks of pain, anguish and suffering, but for the early Church, martyrdom spoke primarily of glory. To die well demonstrates courage, commitment and certain knowledge of Christ’s promise of eternal life. Those who endure pain and suffering for Him, who overcome the world and are faithful even to death, receive from Him the reward of the martyrs’ crown.

Easter-Day
In the midst of persecution by the government and army, Burma’s Christians hold on to their faith. In one church a text from Revelation 2:10 was hung: “Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life”

Thousands of Christians around the world suffer attacks against themselves and their property and many are martyred for their loyalty to Christ; yet they are commended by the Lord Jesus for their riches. The perseverance under pressure of persecuted Christians tells a moving story of their faith, hope and love for Christ. We thank God for the strong and devoted witness of the two men described above and for the many others like them who, through the proclamation of their faith in Jesus Christ, have earned the martyrs’ crown.

We have moved from Good Friday to the joyous experience of Easter and the resurrection hope that awaits all Christians. In Him we have a hope that cannot be taken away.

Please Pray:
Today, let us thank God for the witness and inspiration of those who are taking a stand for Christ in the face of opposition to their faith. Pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters, that even though they may face death, they will hold on to the promise they have in Jesus Christ, and may be assured that the Lord will raise them up as He Himself was raised. Pray that they may find encouragement and strength in the words of Revelation 21:4 “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away”.
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  • Almighty God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we give You thanks on this Easter Day for the living hope that You have given us and all Your people through the resurrection of Jesus from the dead (1 Peter 1:3). We pray that the prospect of an enduring inheritance and future salvation will encourage our persecuted brothers and sisters to persevere in their faith, whatever may happen to them. We pray that we too may be sustained by this hope in the sufferings that we experience for the sake of Christ. We ask that the joy and resurrection power of the Lord will give strength and peace to persecuted believers today and every day. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed 20 hours ago

  • Give thanks for the Christ-like responses of Christian leaders in CAR to the crisis that threatens them and their churches. They have distanced themselves from the anti-balaka militias, saying that these should not be labelled as Christian and that they hold no mandate from the churches. The leaders have also condemned the violence in the country, whatever its origin, and have called on Christians to pursue forgiveness, reconciliation and healing. Churches are hiding, defending and caring for thousands of Muslims endangered by the anti-balaka, and one of CAR’s most senior church leaders has invited the president of the country’s Islamic community to move into his church compound. Pray that this powerful witness to the grace and love of Christ will help to bring peace to the shattered country. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Sat, Apr 2014 00:00

  • On this Good Friday, give thanks to God for the death of Christ and for His gift of eternal life. Praise Him too for the example of those Christians who have persevered in their faith at the risk of their lives and who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of Christ and the Gospel. Pray that their martyrdom will inspire their suffering brothers and sisters in Christ to endure whatever hardships befall them and will convince their persecutors of the truth and power of the Gospel. Pray too that their bereaved families and churches will not grieve without hope (1 Thessalonians 4:13). Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Fri, Apr 2014 00:00

  • Cry out to the Lord for Christians in the Central African Republic (CAR) who have been driven from their homes by the violence that has engulfed their country. Attacks by Islamist Séléka militants and retaliation from “anti-balaka” militias has generated a huge humanitarian crisis in which around two million people, many of them Christians, are in need of emergency assistance. Give thanks for the work of Barnabas partners who have been providing food rations to hundreds of displaced believers in the capital, Bangui, and distributing food, medicines, clothing and seeds to thousands in various regions. Pray that the aid will reach those who need it most, and that the Lord will comfort the relatives and friends of the thousands who have been killed in the fighting. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Thu, Apr 2014 00:00

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