A story from the persecuted church
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.” -Psalm 91:1-2
Around the world, followers of Christ face violence and hardships as a direct result of their allegiance to Him. Some of these hostile environments are created by governments seeking to control politics and civic life by keeping a tight rein on religion. In other places it is society that is hostile towards any religious group that is contrary to tradition or to the majority. In such areas believers are denied employment, denied education, imprisoned, beaten, tortured, killed, and confronted with many other persecutions simply because of their faith in the Lord Jesus. So the question that we are all faced with is: Do you care? Does it matter to you that brothers and sisters are facing such trials? Is there any mercy or compassion that stirs your heart to move you into action? Will you remember those who are mistreated as if you felt their pain in your own body? Will you be mindful of those who are in prison as if you were imprisoned with them?
Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ…If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. -I Cor. 12:12;26
God hears the prayers of His people. So if we care, we will pray. If our hearts are really broken for the persecuted church, we will join them in prayer.
Saturday, November 12 through Sunday, November 13, as a body of believers, we will spend 24-hours in prayer as we Pray With Them. Click the following link to register: https://valleyview.churchcenteronline.com/registrations/events/42712
Here is some perspective from a man who was brutally tortured under a communist government for his faith in Christ, as he speaks of prayer for his persecutors:
If I were asked, “Are you for the Communists or against them?” my answer would be a complex one…Communists are men and Christ loves them. So does every man who has the mind of Christ. We love the sinner even though we hate the sin.
We know about the love of Christ toward the Communists by our own love toward them.
I have seen Christians in Communist prisons with fifty pounds of chains on their feet, tortured with red-hot iron pokers, in whose throats spoonfuls of salt had been forced, being kept afterward without water, starving, whipped, suffering from cold – and praying with fervor for the Communists. This is humanly inexplicable! It is the love of Christ, which was poured out in our hearts.
Tortured For Christ By Richard Wurmbrand