Various groups and churches across the world are taking part in the annual International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, overseen by the World Evangelical Alliance.
The international prayer event is on Sunday and again on Nov. 10, with this year’s theme being “Persecuted but not abandoned.”
“This November let us unite in prayer for our persecuted brothers and sisters,” stated the IDOP organizers in a video posted to Vimeo earlier this month.
The video went through a few examples of recent persecution of Christians, including the bombings in Sri Lanka, violence in Nigeria, and crackdowns on churches in Algeria.
“Too many to count, too many unknown,” stated the video regarding the persecution found across the world. “All because they bear the name of Jesus.”
Godfrey Yogarajah, executive director of the WEA Religious Liberty Commission, said in a statement that over time “IDOP has served as a platform to highlight the stories of persecuted Christians and mobilise the global Church to respond to their plight.”
“Moreover, in so doing, the IDOP has also been a source of solidarity and encouragement to persecuted Christians by reminding them that they are part of a larger, global family of believers,” added Yogarajah.
“Let’s pray that in spite of the pressure and persecution, our suffering brothers and sisters — where ever they may be in the world — would stand firm in their faith, hold fast to the promises of God, and live victoriously in Christ.”
According to Open Doors USA, a Christian persecution watchdog group helping to promote the IDOP, research indicates over 245 million Christians are persecuted for their faith worldwide.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski