It's Coming! International Day of Prayer for Persecuted Church

Laura MurrayStarred Page By Laura Murray, 30th Oct 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/95374lrq/
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This Sunday, November 2, is the worldwide day of prayer for the persecuted Church. What is the history behind this and how can you participate?

International Day of Prayer

The International Day of Prayer (IDOP) is generally set for the first weekend of November. This year, there is a massive effort to have it November 2. The World Evangelical Alliance has designated the day to be November 9. For this article, the focus will be on the November 2 event as this seems to be the most prevalent one.

The first meeting was January 23, 1996 and was convened by Nina Shea, the director of the Center for Religious Freedom. Many Christian organizations and advocates were present The idea was to end the silence regarding the persecuted church. These people were convicted by the realization that more people had died for their Christian beliefs in the 20th century than all previous centuries combined. This meeting was the start of the planning for the first IDOP.

There was some resistance as churches felt that we shouldn't just pray for the persecuted Church. But what is the most effective tool we have? Prayer. And we were directed to remember those that are persecuted as if we were too.

"Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body." Hebrews 13:3

The first IDOP was planned for September 29, 1996. By the beginning of September, 110 countries had signed on to participate, including Sudan, China, and Iran.

In 2014, approximately 100 million Christians live under oppression and persecution. North Korea is currently holding the #1 ranking for countries that persecute Christians with more than 70,000 in labor camps for practicing their faith. In Iraq and Syria, ISIS is torturing and killing people for their faith in horrendous fashion.

But there is something we in the West can do.

How You Can Participate

PRAYER
Our brothers and sisters in Christ do not ask to be removed from their situation. They don't want their situation to be taken away. They are proud to be thought worthy enough to suffer for Christ. But they covet our prayers. They need prayers for endurance and strength. Prayers for guidance in how to be effective witnesses. Prayers for their captors and persecutors, that their hearts will hear the love of Jesus.

On a visit to India, I met several widows of Christian leaders who were killed in the Orissa violence in the summer of 2008. They had lost everything: their homes, their possessions and their husbands. ‘We have lost everything except our faith,’ one told me, clutching her baby. ‘Pray that we stay strong and bring up our children in the faith for which their fathers gave their lives.

SIMULCAST
Join the simulcasts on Nov 1 and Nov 2 featuring David Platt, Nik Ripken, and Selah. You can go to OpenDoors Facebook page for videos and information. To sign up for the simulcasts, go to Open Doors website.

RESOURCES
There are so many free and non-free resources available to you. Go to this website to get a list of all the materials available. RESOURCES

WRITE
You can write to persecuted Christians around the globe. Most advocacy groups have lists of people with their addresses. For a comprehensive list, go to this link.

A Few Scriptures

2 Timothy 3:12
"Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,"

John 15:18
"If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you."

Matthew 5:44
"But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you."

1 Peter 4:12-14
"Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you."

Matthew 5:10
"Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven/"

2 Corinthians 4:8-12
"We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you."

Philippians 1:12-14
"I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear."

Romans 8:35-37
" Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us."

John 15:18-25
“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin.

About the Author

Laura left government service as an intelligence analyst on crime, drugs, and terrorism, to pursue writing. She started analyzing Christian persecution around the world and became a de facto expert on the subject. Laura strives to relate hard-to-get, complex information to her readers. Creating her own databases of information and working hard to create world wide networking partners, she is able to provide timely and detailed analysis on the issue. She also provides a one-stop-shop for prisoner information, persecuted stories, statistical analysis, and more. To connect with her via social media and/or to see more of her work, go to her website.

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My passions in writing are in Christian persecution and food/health. I also love to pursue topics in terrorism and intelligence as my experience and education are in these areas.

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