Saturday, November 2, 2013

International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

The first Sunday in November (for the UK & Ireland) and the second Sunday in November (internationally) is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP). The official website is here. It has a lot of resources here from Biblical theology, liturgy, hymns, Bible readings, devotionals, videos, children's materials, and more.

Who are the persecuted? World Watch List creates a list each year of the top 50 countries with persecution. It has the 5-5-5 challenge of 5 minutes of prayer a week, 5 friends invited to join the challenge, and $5 a month to help suffering persecuted Christians. The watch list shows what countries need prayers for their persecuted Christians.

The Nazarene Church is joining in this movement, raising their voices with other denominations to pray for the persecuted.

Elizabeth Kendal has many resources on her site. She has the Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin, the Religious Liberty Monitoring, and Critical Prayer Request blogs. This post from the CPR is about the IDOP.

Open Doors can connect you with prayer updates, prayer calenders, daily devotionals, and more for the persecuted church.

Persecution.com has news, newsletters, information for getting involved, and more to help the persecuted church.

Those in America (where I'm from) have freedom to meet in official churches, practice our religion, and tell others about Christ. Dear Brothers & Sisters in America, not everyone in the world has the same freedom we do. Learn about the persecuted church. Commit to pray for them, to fast for them, to sacrificially give to them. Thank God for our freedoms instead of protesting the changing times. That will catch the notice of those around you.

I encourage you to study what the Bible says about persecution. There will be a follow up post on what the Bible says about persecution.

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