PERSECUTED FOR YESHUA’ S SAKE:
Each November, a Sunday is set aside as The Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.
This year, it’s November 6th. The number of persecuted Believers around the world has risen sharply. In fact, 2015 was the worst year for the persecution of Believers in Yeshua in recorded history. One report even estimated that every five minutes, one Believer is martyred.
We often think of this persecution as occurring in foreign countries, and that is true in the majority of cases. The ministry Open Doors compiles a “World Watch List” of the top nations for persecution. North Korea heads the list, and the other nine are nations with 50% or greater Muslim populations. Just this month, the heartbreaking story broke of 12 ministry team members, including the 12-year-old son of one of the leaders, who were beheaded by ISIS in Syria, which is #5 on this year’s list.
However, forms of persecution occur in many, many other nations around the world, including the US, where, although not nearly as severe as elsewhere, workplace and marketplace discrimination of Believers appears to be on the rise.
Here are some ways to pray:
Ask according to Isaiah 61:1-3 that Yeshua, the One who came to set the captives free, would indeed:
Also, pray for those who are:
Father, give us as Believers a heart for our brothers and sisters around the world who are being persecuted for the sake of the Good News of Yeshua the Messiah. May we not only remember them in our thoughts, but also in our fervent and consistent prayers (Hebrews 13:3).
Lord, may all those who are being persecuted be filled with your Spirit, experience your presence, and be reminded of Your Word and the promises found therein.
Father, we pray for these and so many more. If the time comes that we must take a stand under similar circumstances, Lord, make us ready. In the name of Yeshua, AMEN.