You’ve heard the stories about Chinese believers forced to pray in secret and North Korean Christians who have to hide their Bibles for fear of being arrested. But it can be hard to know exactly how to pray for believers who are constantly in danger for their faith.
So, if you’re having trouble knowing just how to pray today on the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, here are some places to start:
Pray for comfort
Right now, there are Christians risking prison, physical abuse — or worse — just to follow Christ. Many who have converted from their country’s majority religion have become marginalized members of society and even disowned by their families. Christians face daily uncertainty about the future. But they can have peace knowing God is in control. So please pray they will remember His promises and that they won’t be afraid of what’s to come.
Pray for the persecutors
Pray that persecutors will see the error of their ways, repent, and choose to live for the Jesus these believers are willing to die for. Just like Peter ministered to his jailer while in chains, pray that persecuted Christians will bless those who are hurting them.
Pray for God’s Word to spread
Pray that persecuted believers will have access to the Word of God. In many closed countries, Bibles are rare or even illegal. But there’s nothing that will bring persecuted believers more comfort than the Scriptures. Pray that Bibles being smuggled into the hands of believers will be safely delivered.
Now more than ever, the body of Christ needs our prayers. Remember your brothers and sisters who are facing trials of all kinds. And set aside some time today to pray for persecuted believers.
If you would like more tips about how to pray for the persecuted church, click the button below for free International Day of Prayer resources including prayer guides for families, kids, and teens.
And don’t forget to share about this important day with your loved ones and church family.