Sunday, November 13, 2011

Praying for the Persecuted

Our pastor gave a really good sermon this morning about persecution. here are some points that stood out to me.

*Persecution is a Sobering Reality- Indeed all those who desire to live a godly life in Christ will be persecuted

*Persecuting is a Purifying Tool- don't be surprise at the fiery trial when it comes upon you.  trials will make us stronger.

 "But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened." - 1 Peter 3:14

Being counted worthy to suffer for the name of the Lord.

What Shall We Do?
*Pray like the early church. stand beside those who are being tortured for Christ.
*Examine ourselves--are we ready for persecution? 

There are many things worse than dying for Christ.

1 Hear my prayer, LORD;
   let my cry for help come to you.
2 Do not hide your face from me
   when I am in distress.
Turn your ear to me;
   when I call, answer me quickly.
 3 For my days vanish like smoke;
   my bones burn like glowing embers.
4 My heart is blighted and withered like grass;
   I forget to eat my food.
5 In my distress I groan aloud
   and am reduced to skin and bones.
6 I am like a desert owl,
   like an owl among the ruins.
7 I lie awake; I have become
   like a bird alone on a roof.
8 All day long my enemies taunt me;
   those who rail against me use my name as a curse.
9 For I eat ashes as my food
   and mingle my drink with tears
10 because of your great wrath,
   for you have taken me up and thrown me aside.
11 My days are like the evening shadow;
   I wither away like grass.
 12 But you, LORD, sit enthroned forever;
   your renown endures through all generations.
13 You will arise and have compassion on Zion,
   for it is time to show favor to her;
   the appointed time has come.
14 For her stones are dear to your servants;
   her very dust moves them to pity.
15 The nations will fear the name of the LORD,
   all the kings of the earth will revere your glory.
16 For the LORD will rebuild Zion
   and appear in his glory.
17 He will respond to the prayer of the destitute;
   he will not despise their plea.
 18 Let this be written for a future generation,
   that a people not yet created may praise the LORD:
19 “The LORD looked down from his sanctuary on high,
   from heaven he viewed the earth,
20 to hear the groans of the prisoners
   and release those condemned to death.”
21 So the name of the LORD will be declared in Zion
   and his praise in Jerusalem
22 when the peoples and the kingdoms
   assemble to worship the LORD.
 23 In the course of my life[b] he broke my strength;
   he cut short my days.
24 So I said:
“Do not take me away, my God, in the midst of my days;
   your years go on through all generations.
25 In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth,
   and the heavens are the work of your hands.
26 They will perish, but you remain;
   they will all wear out like a garment.
Like clothing you will change them
   and they will be discarded.
27 But you remain the same,
   and your years will never end.
28 The children of your servants will live in your presence;
   their descendants will be established before you.”
Psalm 102

pray for those who share your faith but not your freedom.


  1. this really made me stop and think for a minute. thanks for posting, dear♥

  2. AH!
    It pains my heart!
    I am always praying.

  3. wow. I get a newsletter from VOM its a ministry to the pursucuted!
    great post!



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