November 5 and 12 offer opportunities to pray for persecuted Christians around the world
The Bible in Hebrews 13:3 command Christians to pray for those suffering as if they themselves were suffering. In other words, the Bible calls us to not only remember those who suffer but also to identify with them in their suffering. In keeping with this scriptural imperative, the International Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) has united millions of Christians around the world in the spirit that scripture commands: If one suffers, we all suffer.
According to statistics, persecution is the daily reality of at least 100 million Christians around the world. These Christians, who face routine harassment and difficulties, often suffer in silence and isolation. Over the years, the IDOP has served as a platform to highlight their stories and advocate their plight. Moreover, in so doing, the IDOP has also been a source of solidarity and encouragement to persecuted Christians by reminding them that they are part of a larger, global family of believers.
Click this Dropbox link for resources for worship and prayer planning for November 5 and 12, including:
- Videos and graphics
- Profiles of countries affected by persectution
- Bible Studies, devotionals, and theological reflections
- Children’s resources