Remembering those who suffer…
Millions of Christians around the world are persecuted daily for their faith. From Pakistan to Kazakhstan, Nigeria to North Korea, Christians routinely face discrimination, harassment, violence and even death for their faith in Jesus. Their suffering is unimaginable.
The Bible in Hebrews 13:3 says “ Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.”
In other words, the Bible calls us to not only remember those who suffer but also to identify with them in their suffering. In keeping with this scriptural command, the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) has united millions of Christians in prayer for the suffering Body of Christ around the world.
Over the years, the IDOP has served as a platform to highlight the stories of persecuted Christians and mobilise the global Church to respond to their plight. 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.
During our service on Sunday 4 November, we will unite with the global church to pray for those suffering persecution because of their faith in Nigeria.
Let’s “continue to remember” to pray for our suffering brothers and sisters , that wherever they may be in the world, they would be able to stand firm in their faith, hold fast to the promises of God, and live victoriously in Christ.
Simon & Keely