Pray for those who are persecuted

I came across this picture of Brother Andrew today. This is a picture of him in a meeting in Eastern Europe in the late 1950’s. The picture reminded me of how he met with communist members in Eastern Europe, guerilla soldiers in Latin America and the Hamas in Palestine. Brother Andrew has not only ministered to the persecuted Church, but to their persecutors as well! When he met with the Hamas, he was actually able to hand them bibles and pray with them. This is ministry that I would never have believed possible, but with God all things are possible!

The Bible says in Matthew 5:44 to “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” I know that I am a not always faithful to that command.

Often I find myself praying for my persecuted brothers and sister, but not their persecutors. They desperately need our prayers too. Imagine if God touched the hearts of these persecutors and they became modern day Pauls? Not only would they stop persecuting these believers, but they would also know Christ and would further His Kingdom!

God changes hearts- we have seen that over and over again. It is our responsibility to pray for these people. Lord, help us to be more faithful in doing this.

We all experience times in our lives when we are persecuted by our family members, friends, colleagues, bosses and others.

Even though this persecution may persist for a long time, instead of retaliating as they expect and want you to, take it to the Lord in prayer.

Let the Lord fight your battles for you. This prayer can be used daily as you surrender all to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Prayer for those who persecute you

Dear God, the Alpha and the Omega, I thank you for being by my side when, for no reason, they persecute me.

Lord, it hurts so much when I am abused, accused and condemned. They bring all manner of falsehoods against me.

But in the midst of it all, I know that you will preserve me. I will arise stronger and better, because you are on my side.

No weapon formed against me shall prosper. You, Lord, are all powerful and almighty. And despite the situation I’m in, I place my trust in you.

All things work for good for those that love the Lord, are your assuring words.

Continually speak your assurances into my heart and fill me with your peace that passes all understanding. For Lord, I cry out to you today! Nothing is too difficult for you.

Leviticus 19:18 Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against a fellow Israelite, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD. 

Romans 12:14  Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 

Release the burden when persecuted

Sometimes it’s so hard, it’s a struggle to cope. But I use this opportunity now to release this burden unto you, oh Lord.

Take me and carry me in your arms. Bring me through it all safely. 

Pay attention to my prayer, for my enemies insult me all day, and they use my name for a curse word. But I choose to stand in your glory. I will not be moved!

Luke 6:27-28 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” 

Proverbs 24:29 Do not say, “I’ll do to them as they have done to me; I’ll pay them back for what they did.

For all who are persecuted, the Lord brings justice

Your word says that for all who are persecuted, the Lord brings justice. But Heavenly Father, please forgive them, because they truly do not understand what they are doing, and they don’t know what it is to be a child of the Living God.

Don’t let your wrath fall upon them. Despite what they attempt to do to me, Lord, bring them back one day in repentance for their evil.

As you did with Joseph, lift me up on high. In the meanwhile, shield my thoughts with your peace, comfort my soul with your love.

Dry my tears. I praise and thank you for everything, in Jesus name, AMEN!

Romans 12:14  Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 

Romans 12:19  Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.

Thirty days of prayers for those who persecute and those who are being persecuted in the Muslim world for Christ’s sake.

Christians called to pray for Muslims around the world

Open Doors – a registered charity in United Kingdom and Ireland which strives for the persecuted Christians all over the world has called Christians across the globe to pray for the Muslims who do not know about Lord Jesus Christ and in their ignorance are persecuting those who believe in the Son of God.

Christians will be praying and interceding for the Muslim world and persecuted Christians over 30 days during Ramadan. Ramadan is a time when Muslims fast from food and drink between the hours of sunrise and sunset. Open Doors says it is also a powerful time to pray for believers in Muslim-majority countries and the entire Islamic world.

Open Doors invites Christians to pray for the Muslim world from 9 July to 7 August, in particular the countries that are on the Open Doors 2013 World Watch List of most awful persecutors of believers.

But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you- Matthew 5:44

This year Open Doors marks 20 years of praying and intercession for the Muslim world during Ramadan but it put emphasis on the fact that although millions of Christians have prayed over the last two decades, the challenge still remains enormous.

“Of 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide, probably only one third know Christians at all. But through our prayers, God can reach those we can’t, and transform them with the power of His love,” the organisation said.

The organizations states, “For two decades, millions of Christians from around the world have been joining together to pray for the Muslim World during Ramadan. During that time God has done amazing things in response to His people’s prayers: countries have opened up, churches have been planted and many Muslims have come to Christ.”

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