The persecuted church–Syria (Re-posted)

September 14, 2014

Exodus 25:31-32 (NKJV)
“You shall also make a lampstand of pure gold; the lampstand shall be of hammered work. Its shaft, its branches, its bowls, its ornamental knobs, and flowers shall be of one piece. And six branches shall come out of its sides: three branches of the lampstand out of one side, and three branches of the lampstand out of the other side.

Isaiah 11:1-2 (NKJV)
There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse,
And a Branch shall grow out of his roots.
The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him,
The Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
The Spirit of counsel and might,
The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.

O Lord, we cry out for the church in Syria. May she be a light upon the hill.
Let the Spirit of the Lord indwell her and the Spirits of wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge, and the fear of the Lord flow from her. Just as the seven branches of the gold lampstand in the tabernacle illuminated the showbread, may the sevenfold Spirit of the Syrian church reveal Jesus, the Bread of Life. Amen.


The Persecuted Church–Nigeria (Re-posted)

September 14, 2014

This Sunday is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. A five minute video on persecution in Nigeria from VoiceOfTheMartyrsUSA.
From the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church resources:

Almighty God, we cry to you on behalf of our suffering Christian family in Nigeria.
We especially remember families who are grieving today: be for them a father to the fatherless and a defender of widows.
We cry to You Lord: bring justice and righteousness to Nigeria, give strength and hope to Your people, enabling them to shine as lights in the darkness.
In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.


The Persecuted Church–Iran (Re-posted)

September 14, 2014

From World Watch Monitor:

At least 300 Christians have been arrested in the past three years in Iran. Many of these Christians were arrested while taking part in ‘house churches’ – small meetings of Christians who gather to worship and pray together.

Article 26 of the Iranian Constitution gives the right to religious minorities, including Christians, to form societies and to meet together.

Psalm 9:7-8 (ESV)
But the LORD sits enthroned forever;
he has established his throne for justice,
and he judges the world with righteousness;
he judges the peoples with uprightness.

Our Father in heaven,
We praise You for You are a holy God. We thank You for Your steadfast love and for Your Son Jesus Christ who died to set men free.
We put our trust in You, for You, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You. Do not forget Your children who have been martyred in Iran. Does not the blood of Matthew and Jude and all past martyrs cry out from the ground? Do You not hear the cries of the persecuted Christians today? Make haste and give aid to the church in Iran.
By grace, we are seated in Christ Jesus in heavenly places. We stand in agreement with His prayers for Iran.
Open portals into the heavens where the angels can ascend and descend, where anointings can flow from the realms of glory, even supernatural visitations. Let the praise of the faithful create a habitation for You, Almighty God.
Come, Lord Jesus, come. Enter Iran. Rebuke the evil and protect the oppressed. Amen.

A previous prayer for the release of Pastor Saeed Abedini is here.


The Persecuted Church–Iraq (Re-posted)

September 14, 2014

From The Telegraph:

“Christians are so frightened,” Canon White says. “The Christians here are frightened even to walk to church because they might come under attack. All the churches are targets.
“We used to have 1.5 million Christians, now we have probably only got 200,000 left in Iraq. There are more Iraqi Christians in Chicago than here.”

–There have been Christians in Iraq since the first century. Acts 2:9 records Parthians from Mesopotamia in the crowd as the Apostle Peter preached at Pentecost.
–During the fourth century, Persia’s Zoroastrian zeal against the newly Christianized Roman Empire threatened to destroy the Christians living in the Mesopotamian lands of modern-day Iraq.
–The European Christian crusaders often saw the Iraqi Christians as false and the Muslims saw them as part of the enemy.
–Church historian Kenneth Scott Latourette found it amazing, not that Christianity survived as a minority cult, “but that it survived at all.”

Nahum 1:7-8 (New Living Translation)
The Lord is good,
a strong refuge when trouble comes.
He is close to those who trust in him.
But he will sweep away his enemies
in an overwhelming flood.
He will pursue his foes
into the darkness of night.

O Lord,
Our hearts cry out for so much spilled blood. Is the land cursed with violence from Cain’s murder of Abel?
Jesus wept at the tomb of His friend Lazarus. How many times has He wept in Iraq? Might His Blood shed on the cross break this curse on the land!
Be close to the Iraqis who trust in You. Sweep away their enemies in an overwhelming flood and pursue their foes into the darkness of night.
Stay close to them, dear Lord. Stay close. Amen.


The Persecuted Church–Egypt (Re-posted)

September 14, 2014

From The Washington Post: Since the ouster of Morsi, at least 44 churches have been burned.

Isaiah 19:19-22 (MSG)
On that Day, there will be a place of worship to God in the center of Egypt and a monument to God at its border. It will show how the God-of-the-Angel-Armies has helped the Egyptians. When they cry out in prayer to God because of oppressors, he’ll send them help, a savior who will keep them safe and take care of them. God will openly show himself to the Egyptians and they’ll get to know him on that Day. They’ll worship him seriously with sacrifices and burnt offerings. They’ll make vows and keep them. God will wound Egypt, first hit and then heal. Egypt will come back to God, and God will listen to their prayers and heal them, heal them from head to toe.

O Father, are not the Egyptians Your people? Have not You promised to openly show Yourself to Egypt? Make haste and come to the aid of Your people in Egypt. Amen.

Previous prayers here and here.


Ebola

September 14, 2014

Psalm 57:1 (KJV)
Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.

O Father,
Be merciful to Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Senegal, Nigeria, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Stretch Your wing of protection over Your people. Amen.


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