What is it exactly? Christian persecution is hostility experienced as a result of one’s identification as a follower of Jesus. Beatings, physical torture, isolation, rape, severe punishment, imprisonment, slavery, discrimination in education and employment, and even death are examples of the persecution experienced by many.
Every November churches worldwide, set aside one Sunday to fast, pray and to remember our brothers and sisters suffering for their faith.
What do we pray? We pray that God would raise up a new bold generation that is able to face persecution. We pray for an outpouring of steadfastness in their faith and their testimony. We pray for God to sustain the believers and provide them with water, food, shelter and medicine. We pray churches would be planted in the midst of war. We pray that those imprisoned would have opportunities to share their faith with inmates and even with their persecutors. We pray that God would work through the suffering church, that they could be a light in the darkness around them. We pray that God would bring to their memory promises from His Word that would encourage them and others. We pray for joy and peace in the midst of pain.
Pastor Richard Wurmbrand was imprisoned and tortured by Communist authorities in his native Romania for 14 years. While in prison, he envisioned a ministry that would focus on the plight of the persecuted Church, raise a voice on its behalf and provide encouragement and assistance to suffering believers.
His 1967 book, Tortured for Christ, provided an account of the brutality he and other Christians suffered at the hands of Communist oppressors. It opened the eyes and hearts of Christians in the West who had never before heard of the atrocities happening to believers living in Communist nations.
“Prison was hard, terrible, but it would be wrong to say that it was only hard and terrible. It had its beautiful side and, at times, the joys we had in prison were such that I wouldn’t have changed place with Queen Elizabeth.” Voice of the Martyrs Founder, Richard Wurmbrand (1909 – 2001).
- Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering. Hebrews 13:3
- To learn more about Voice of the Martyrs: http://www.persecution.com/