Charles Stanley (October-18-2020) Daily Devotion: Praying for Persecuted Christians.
To get the most out of this devotion, set aside time to read the Scripture referenced throughout.
Each year more than 200 million believers around the world suffer for their faith—especially in many parts of Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Where oppressive governments make Christianity illegal, churches are bombed and defaced, and followers of Jesus face imprisonment, torture, or even death for their beliefs. It’s not uncommon for the faithful to risk their life attempting to escape such regimes.
This oppression is devastating. But for us who can more freely express our faith, it presents an opportunity to support those who can’t safely proclaim Christ. Jesus tells us that we can ask for anything in His name (John 14:12-14).
- 12 Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.
- 13 Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
- 14 If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.
Let’s make time to pray that our brothers and sisters around the world will have courage and endurance—and that God will make a way for them to safely gather in worship.
Think About It
- Peter encouraged the early church when it faced persecution (1 Peter 4:12-14).
12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you;
13 but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation.
14 If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.What are some ways we can uplift those suffering for their faith?
- Are there tangible ways you can support the church around the world? Discuss ideas with your family, small group, or pastor.