Christians around the world will unite for the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church this Sunday, Nov. 2, to petition for brothers and sisters in Christ who face oppression, imprisonment, and at an increasing rate, death for their faith.
Sponsored by the Religious Liberty Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance, this year’s theme ‘Don’t Stand in Silence’ echoes the commands of Hebrews 13:3, “Remember the prisoners as if chained with them – those who are mistreated – since you yourselves are in the body also.” This event calls on believers to bear one another’s burdens, and also to pray that God would change the hearts of persecutors.
The event, which will be recognized the first two Sundays of November, is a call to action under a wave of modern day Christian persecution that has reached unprecedented heights. Prayer is critical during these changing times.
“The IDOP gives us the privilege of joining together with over half a million churches in 150 countries to pray for the suffering church,” said Godfrey Yogarajah, WEA Executive Director, in a statement on the organization’s website. “It plays a vital role in encouraging and strengthening the persecuted church and also awakening churches in places where there is no persecution.”
According to Yogarajah, more than 100 million Christians worldwide face persecution each day for their faith in Christ.
SOURCE: Lora Simmons