Use Your Most Powerful Weapon This Sunday

Oct 31, 2019

This Sunday is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. Christians all over the world will participate and I hope you will join us in this global prayer initiative.

Please plan to take part in this powerful time of prayer for Christians living under the constant threat of violence, torture, false imprisonment, kidnapping, rape or even death because of their faith.

Who are you praying for?
Over 245 million Christians who live in places where they experience high levels of persecution. In the past year, we know of 4,305 Christian men, women and children who were killed for their faith. In addition, 1,847 churches and other Christian buildings were targeted for destruction and 3,150 believers were detained without trial, arrested, sentenced or imprisoned. *

How should you pray?
Pray as the Lord leads you and as the Holy Spirit brings specific countries and situations to mind. Here are 5 key points of prayer to help you focus: **

1. Pray for those in the midst of persecution (Hebrews 13:3).
Please pray for fellow believers to be strengthened in their faith to stay committed to the call of Christ and to also respond in His love to the evil shown by their aggressors. God's love will open doors for these believers to share the Gospel as well.

2. Pray for those who are doing the persecuting (Matthew 5:44).
Pray that God would open the eyes and soften the hearts of leaders and individuals who bring unfathomable abuse upon Christians. Remember as you pray that God sent His Son for the whole world (John 3:16); He does not want anybody—even persecutors—to perish (Ezekiel 18:23).

3. Pray for the families and loved ones of those being persecuted (Hebrews 4:16).
Ask God to comfort families who many times do not receive updates about their loved one and are not allowed to visit, or it’s simply not safe enough to do so. Pray they, too, will remain faithful to the calling God has placed on their lives.

4. Pray that churches would rise up with aid (Acts 4:32-35).
Support from the body of Christ is critical. Whether we are giving our time in prayer or our resources in physical support, the Church must rally around those suffering for Christ. American Christians should also rattle the door of Washington by writing their elected officials. Remind them the persecution of Christians is a pressing issue that must be addressed.

5. Pray that world leaders would do all they can to fight this persecution (Psalm 2:10-11).
God makes it clear in His Word that leaders have a responsibility. Pray God would stir their hearts and that they would not only discuss, but enact, the necessary policies and procedures to make a lasting, global difference.

As Billy Graham said, “Prayer is the Christian’s greatest weapon.” We cannot turn a blind eye or a deaf ear to the horrors faced by our brothers and sisters living in “closed” countries under governments that are opposed to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

When you partner with Liberty Relief International, your prayers and compassionate gifts truly make a difference for our brothers and sisters who choose to follow Jesus no matter the cost.

We work with Christ-centered partners all over the world who can provide for immediate humanitarian needs like emergency food, water, shelter and safety for believers who have fled deadly violence. They can also offer trauma counseling, literacy training and job training; restoration assistance to rebuild churches and homes that have been destroyed; and provide Bibles, Bible study materials and discipleship training for new believers.

As you make plans to pray with us on Sunday, please also consider making a generous gift to let struggling believers know in a material, practical way that they are not forgotten.

Your compassionate giving will help meet critical and urgent needs of believers suffering under oppression, brutality and evil. Thank you, in advance, for being a beacon of hope in the midst of their darkest times!

God bless you,

Mathew D. Staver
Founder and Chairman

*Statistics provided by Open Doors.
**Excerpted from Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

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