International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church
"Nearly 70 percent of the world’s 6.8 billion people live in areas where they do not enjoy religious freedom. This means that millions of Christians face severe persecution on a daily basis, simply because they choose to follow Jesus." (Quote from Frontline Faith publication of Open Doors, an organization serving persecuted Christians worldwide.)
The writer of Hebrews tells us: "Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them" (13:3). One way we can all practice companionship with those in bondage is by upholding them in prayer. Our blessed Savior has access to His persecuted people every moment of their lives. Who can understand and minister to them better than He who Himself was bound and beaten and put to cruel death? Perhaps we should start by praying that God will give us His love in such a measure that we will remember to offer regular, heartfelt prayers for our suffering brothers and sisters in Christ. "We being many are…one body…" (1 Cor. 10:17) – the body of Christ.