DAY 18 - Pray For Persecuted Christians
Minister Mabel Boshoff
Word of Faith Southfield, MI
Hello. My name is May Boshoff and today we are praying for persecuted Christians. Persecution is the act of harassing or oppressing a person or group of people, especially because of their identity. As Christians, our identity is found in Christ. Throughout history, people have faced persecution. Examples of the persecution include confiscation or destruction of property, incitement of hatred, arrests, imprisonment, beatings, torture, murder and executions. Let’s put some of these things in perspective. According to Christianity Today, every day 8 Christians worldwide are killed because of their faith. Every week 182 churches or Christian buildings are attacked and every month 309 Christians are imprisoned unjustly. Some of the top countries where Christians face the most violence are Pakistan, Nigeria, Egypt and Central African Republic. Some of the top persecutors of Christians worldwide are ISIS, Al Qaeda, Kim Jong-un, Hindu nationalists, Al-Shabaab, and the list goes on. I know it can be hard to imagine if you have not personally experienced it, but it doesn’t mean that it is not happening. For too long the church has been silent on this issue. In first Corinthians chapters 12 and 26, Paul wrote to the church in Corinth saying, “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it.” Paul is saying, “As Christians, we need to stand up for each other. As Christians, we cannot ignore these heinous crimes done against our brothers and sisters.” You may ask, “What can we do?” Well, we can pray. We can show concern and speak out and make our voices known against every injustice. We can reach out to our government officials and have them do their jobs to correct the inhumane mistreatment of Christians in different parts of the world. Support Christian groups that rescue persecuted Christians. So today, let’s pray for the persecuted Christians everywhere. Pray for open doors of escape, strength, provision, and that the persecutors souls will be saved – for Christians to rise up and stand against all of the injustices done. So today, and every other day, let’s pray for the persecuted Christians. And remember, Jesus is Lord.