I just got a Tweet from Faith McDonnell, Director of Religious Liberty Programs for the Institute on Religion & Democracy. Faith is a passionate advocate for the persecuted Church.
She directed my attention to a post at the IRD’s blog, highlighting a new prayer initiative in 2015 for the persecuted Church.
This Day We Fight! is also the title of IRD’s Religious Liberty Program’s new prayer initiative for 2015. Each new entry will appear on Juicy Ecumenism, and then be permanently stored on the IRD website, in a special category under the International Religious Freedom button.
We will focus on encouraging church members to intense, strategic prayer against the evil that threatens the global Church and that threatens all of civilization.
The same post contains an excellent prayer against violence written by the late Reverend Cecil Kerr, onetime Anglican Chaplain at Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Here’s the prayer:
A PRAYER AGAINST VIOLENCE
(CECIL KERR, CHRISTIAN RENEWAL CENTRE, ROSTREVOR)
Lord Jesus Christ, we thank You that through Your death on the Cross You disarmed the powers of evil.Help us, we pray You, to enter into Your victory and to stand in Your authority against all evil.Send forth Your light and Your truth, O Lord.Bring to light the deeds of darkness and let plans of violence and murder be revealed.By the power of Your Holy Spirit convict those who have allowed their minds to be dominated by evil. Lead them, O Lord, to true repentance that they may receive Your new life and rejoice in Your forgiving love. Amen.
I urge you to read the full entry at the IRD’s blog, where Faith shares about why such a prayer initiative is needed.