The Persecuted Church
Watch "Standing with the Persecuted" Sunday Sermon Here
Prayer Focus: Persecuted Believers
- Pray for freedom of conscience in the 110 countries that suppress religious freedoms.
- Pray for strength and growth of the persecuted church.
- Pray for physical protection of the 100,000,000 persecuted Christians and missionaries.
- Pray for encouragement and joy for those who suffer. Pray that they will have strength to endure.
- Pray that those who are persecuted will love Christ more than life.
- Pray that God will give them love for their enemies.
- Pray for an increased missionary effort to reach those nations where Christian persecution is prevalent.
- Pray that many in our church would take action to show love towards and solidarity with persecuted Christians.
A prayer for the persecuted...
Dear Lord, I know that your son Jesus suffered mightily in the flesh. You weep for those persecuted because of their love for him. Give them strength and courage this day to stand up for your truth. Give sustenance to the loved ones of those killed or imprisoned. Strengthen those who are intimidated. Let your gospel of love shine even in the darkest night. Enable those persecuted to forgive as you also forgave those who murdered your son. Amen
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Persecuted Church Resources
- Faith that Endures: The essential guide to the persecuted church. Ronald Boyd-MacMillan. 2006. Grand Rapids: FH Revell
- Foxe’s Book of Martyrs. John Foxe (W. Berry, ed.). 1999. Grand Rapids: FH Revell.
- Persecuted: The global assault on Christians. Marshall, Gilbert, Shea. 2013. Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
- Sheep Among Wolves. John Hartman. Manuscript awaiting publication.
- Adoniram Judson: Devoted for Life. Vance Christie. 2013. Christian Focus Press.
- Adoniram Judson: How Few There Are Who Die So Hard! Free e-book by John Piper: http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/books/adoniram-judson
- Amy Carmichael: Rescuer of Precious Gems. Janet Benge. 1998. YWAM Publishing.
- C. T. Studd: Cricketeer and Pioneer. Norman Grubb. 1982. Christian Literature Crusade.
- Shadow of the Almighty: The Life and Testament of Jim Elliot. Elizabeth Elliot. 1989. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.
- Open Doors USA: www.odusa.org . News, prayer requests, videos and other resources to support the persecuted church worldwide.
- Voice of the Martyrs: www.persecution.com. News, prayer requests, videos and other resources to support the persecuted church worldwide.
- International Christian Concern: www.persecution.org. DC-based organization promoting advocacy, awareness and assistance.
- WorldWatch Monitor: www.worldwatchmonitor.org. News stories of persecution from all over the world.
- 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative: http://www.21wilberforce.org/. Deal with issues of persecution and religious freedoms globally.
- Scriptures: Click here for a list of Bible verses from the New Testament on the topic of persecution.
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