Sunday, June 1, 2014

How to Pray for the Persecuted Church

  • That believers will stand firm in their faith (1 Peter 5:8-10)
  • That they will not fear but trust God (Revelation 2:10) 
  • That they would not seek to retaliate, but entrust themselves to Him who judges justly. (1 Peter 2:23) 
  • That they will not repay evil for evil but will seek to live in peace with everyone. (Romans 12:17-18) 
  • That they will not take revenge, but leave that completely with God. (Romans 12:17-21) 
  • That they will be enabled to rejoice, even in suffering. (1 Peter 4:12-13) 
  • That they will forgive those who persecute them. (Luke 23:34, Colossians 3:13) 
  • That they would be able to actually love their enemies. (Matthew 5:43-44) 
  • That they will bless those who have persecuted them. (Romans 12:14, 21) 
  • That they will persevere under tribulation. (Hebrews 10:32-39) 
  • That they will trust God to enable them to proclaim the Gospel even while suffering. (2 Timothy 4:16-18)
  • That they will keep their eyes on Jesus, persevere, and not grow weary or lose heart. (Hebrews 12:1-3) 
  • That they will rely on the Lord’s strength and not on their own. (2 Corinthians 1:8-9)
  • Not that You take them out of the world, but protect them from the evil one. (John 17:15) 

(There appears to be several sources for this. The important thing is to actually pray. Pick one bullet point now and say a prayer for our brethren!)