Either today (Nov. 8) or next Sunday churches all across the globe are encouraged to take time during their weekend worship services to pray on behalf of the Persecuted Church -- the well over 200 million Christ-followers that live in under extreme hostile conditions in which their faith is persecuted.
One my friends Jonathan Cervantes has a real passion to pray on the persecuted church's behalf not only on these designated Sundays, but throughout the year. The ministry he leads here at Journey Community Church is called "Bound With Them Ministry."Father God,
As we gather today as your church, your bride; we lift up those in the many countries that make it difficult to be a Christ follower. We ask that you will give them the strength to stand firm as they under go the persecution, the torture, being imprisoned for their faith. We pray for the 150,000 Christians as they will face their own death this year, the very 17 who will enter eternity this very hour. We lift up especially the underground church in China. The church that is even larger than our nation. A nation where your Spirit is moving in great ways. You have given your church, your bride a great hope, hope of an eternal life with you. But for those being persecuted, this hope is all they have. But with such a great hope there is also a great evil.We pray for ourselves. Pray that the same hope that we share will become a greater reality to us. A hope that will see us through anything. Help us to remember our brothers and sisters being persecuted, not just today but every day. To join them in lifting them up daily. To be with them in spirit and heart.
In Jesus name, Amen.
If you would more information on the International Day of Prayer of the Persecuted Church click here.