Remembering those without freedom!

November 13 – International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

In the traditional church calendar, “All Saints Day” and “All Souls Day” stand out in the month of November, set apart to remember the saints of the church and the souls of those who departed this world. It is fitting, then, that the modern church has set apart the month of November to remember and pray for the persecuted church, through the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP).

There are many countries in the world today where Christians are martyred for their faith. Believers in Afghanistan are facing death threats; Christians in Uzbekistan, Nigeria and many other countries all around the world face violence, imprisonment and even death.  There are other places in the world such as North Korea where acts of persecution take place, but we don’t see or hear of it. Brother Andrew of Open Doors once said, “Our heroes are not with us simply because they are in prison.”

IDOP is a time set apart for us to remember thousands of our Christian brothers and sisters around the world who suffer persecution, simply because they confess Jesus Christ as Lord.

Please pause for a few minutes right now to pray for their protection. Ask God to bring this issue to your mind throughout the coming month and when He does, pray again! To find out more or get involved click here.

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2 responses to “Remembering those without freedom!

  1. IvaluTheWord

    As a receiver of “the Voice of the Martyrs” magazine, I am indeed familiar with how the believers around the world are persecuted. 😦 I have also read Fox’s book of Martyrs. It is always so moving to hear the testimonies of those who stand strong in the face of adversities against the Truth.
    I John 3:16 comes to mind, “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.”
    Some therefore are put to death as a result. Others are miraculously delivered to spread the Gospel another day! 🙂
    As you well stated Rick, we should remember them each and every day, if at all possible. They are our bretheren, and also the body of Christ. Pastor Yousef in Iran is an example of recent days who is being called to renounce his belief in Christ and take on the belief in Islam. His is an ongoing struggle as well.
    And there are so very many more… it is a shame. But as Christ also stated in John 17:14 “I have given them your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.”; as He prayed unto the Father.
    Thank You for remembering them and for all you are doing here to spread His Truth!
    Be Blessed Brother! ~ Always in His Word – Because He is in my Heart ~

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