PRAY WITH THE PERSECUTED


STANDING STRONG THROUGH THE STORM

PRAY WITH THE
PERSECUTED
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You did not choose me, but I chose you
and appointed you so that you might go
and bear fruit—fruit that will
last—and so that whatever you ask in my name
the Father will give you. John
15:16

The first request of us from the persecuted church is that we pray
for them.
And correspondingly, they are usually great models of people of
prayer which
we can emulate. But we often need to be reminded that they do
not ask us only
to pray for them but also to pray with them. If we only pray for them, we will
pray for their safety and the termination of their
persecution. They want us
to pray with them which means we will pray for: the
advance of the gospel in
their land; that they will bear fruit that will
last; and for perseverance and
fearless courage in the face of
suffering.

Pastor Samuel Lamb from Guangzhou, China, has an interesting
prayer for severe
situations of persecution which expresses his trust in a
great God. He prays:
“Lord, I rejoice in how You are going to work this
out.”

Moses Xie, a Chinese Church leader who spent more than twenty years
in jail
for his faith, says that when asking visitors to pray for him he is
really
after three distinct outcomes:

“First, I want them to
experience the blessing of prayer for themselves. They
will go to God on my
behalf, but they will receive a great blessing from being
in the presence of
God.

Second, I know that as they pray, their burden for the persecuted
will
increase, and as their burden grows, so their commitment to assisting us
in
all sorts of other ways will increase also. Prayer alone makes them be
the
body.

Third, I want them to release more of God’s power into our
situation through
intercession, since I know that God has bound Himself not
to act until we
ask.”

Today is a great day to glorify God in our lives
and those of the persecuted
church.

RESPONSE: Today I will not only
pray for the persecuted but I will also pray
with the
persecuted.

PRAYER: Lord, may my life glorify You today and may I be a
lasting fruit
bearer who only desires that Your will be done.

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