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Pray for our Persecuted Brothers and Sisters #NationalDayOfPrayer @NatlPrayer

On this National Day of Prayer, remember to pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters.

“Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matt 5:10

Here are 10 specific ways you can pray today for members of our persecuted family (published by Voice of the Martyrs):

  • Pray they will sense God’s presence (Heb. 13:5)
  • Pray they will know we are praying for them (2 Tim. 1:3)
  • Pray they will experience God’s comfort (2 Thes. 2:16-17)
  • Pray they will see God open doors for evangelism (Col. 4:3)
  • Pray they will boldly share the gospel (Acts 4:29)
  • Pray they will mature in their faith (Col. 1:28-29)
  • Pray they will be granted wisdom in covert ministry work (Acts 9:23-25)
  • Pray they will remain joyful amid suffering (Acts 5:41)
  • Pray they will be able to forgive and love their persecutors (Matt 5:44)
  • Pray they will be deeply rooted in God’s Word (2 Tim. 3:16-17)

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Always Being Ready To Make A Defense

This morning pastor spoke on 1 Peter 3:13-16. It is a reminder that persecution should be expected and not a surprise.

Freedom of religion is such a blessing in my country and we must continue to defend that freedom, and give a defense and reason for the hope we have in Christ Jesus.

How are you preparing? When the time comes the Holy Spirit will give you the words you need. But I contend that the fear of not being prepared stops so many people from even being on the field. Rid yourself of the excuses and prepare.

At the same time we must also continue in prayer for our brothers and sisters in countries that do not allow them to worship freely or openly. This is how we fight our battles, with prayer and fasting.

Who is there to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled , but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.
1 Peter 3:13‭-‬16 NASB

Cold-Case Christianity is one of my favorite Apologetics studies.

Many Will Fall Away And Will Betray One Another

At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another. Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many. Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold.

Matthew 24:10‭-‬12 NASB

Have you noticed a falling away of many? How about betrayal and hate?

I know this time of devisiness in the United States is not unique. And I know that other areas of the world are experiencing turmoil of real physical consequences already.

Even this country has had times of internal struggle to the point of civil war in its past.

Yet, this current episode of venom and vitriol in the United States is particularly worrisome. Because any conflict within our borders will be seen as weakness by the adversaries of democracy that have been waiting to destroy it for so many years.

Digital manipulation of “evidence” and the rapid dissemination of that “evidence” using the internet is going to cause another war that I’m not sure this country will come back from.

A war against Christianity with the mob mentality we saw last week on social media will soon turn into real physical violence against Christians.

If propaganda through radio and newspaper helped start world wars in the past, then the digital media of today will soon bring about a war against God’s people that will escalate very quickly.

We know as Christians that our war is not against flesh and blood but against the forces of darkness in this world and spiritual forces of wickedness (Ephesians 6:12‭-‬13). So stand firm and put on the whole armor of God and be prepared to give a reason for the hope you have in Christ Jesus (1 Peter 3:14-16).

But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.

1 Peter 3:14‭-‬16 NASB

Their Throat Is An Open Grave

We were told and we should know. Nothing comes as a surprise. Persecution will come, evil will increase and liars will be more bold in their deceptions.

There are too many things happening in our world to point the finger at single instances of evil. The mobs come in physical and digital form to persecute those belonging to the Way. (see Acts 9)

Furthermore Satan has been coming for the babies in an effort to destroy God’s plan for centuries (See Moses and Jesus as targets of infanticide).

But God is still in control and that will not change. He will carry us through the evil acts of Satan and man to fulfill His ultimate plan.

For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
Romans 1:21‭, ‬24‭-‬25 NASB

Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.

2 Timothy 3:12‭-‬13 NASB


Remember it is said of all that we are sinners. Yet forgiveness and understanding is given to those who believe in Christ Jesus. Our part is to love and share the Gospel of Jesus with those around us.

as it is written,

” there is none righteous , not even one ; there is none who understands , there is none who seeks for God ; all have turned aside , together they have become useless ; there is none who does good , there is not even one .”

” their throat is an open grave , with their tongues they keep deceiving ,”

” the poison of asps is under their lips “; ” whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness “;

” their feet are swift to shed blood , destruction and misery are in their paths , and the path of peace they have not known .”

” there is no fear of God before their eyes .”

Romans 3:10‭-‬18 NASB

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