Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

The next Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church will be June 5, 2022. Until then, join us in praying every day for our persecuted brothers and sisters. Sign up to receive a free prayer guide.

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"Don't pray for our persecution to end. Pray that we will be obedient through our suffering."

Pray for steadfast obedience

Scripture makes the point from beginning to end: persecution is the norm for followers of the one true God. It is, quite simply, like the sun coming up in the East. Persecutors intend for persecution to punish, intimidate, and silence God’s people.

But God can use persecution in other ways. His highest purpose in persecution is to call His people closer to Himself, to refocus their attention to the suffering of their Lord. When followers of Christ suffer willingly for their Savior, it gives their faith value. That kind of suffering also increases witness.

The number one cause of persecution globally is when people accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. If believers and their churches simply pray to God for persecution to end, the only way for God to answer that type of prayer is to stop people from following Jesus.

Rather, we pray for persecuted believers to remain obedient through their suffering, and we seek to identify with persecuted believers by sharing our faith in whatever environment we find ourselves.

– Nik Ripken, IMB missionary emeritus

Why PRAY FOR THE PERSECUTED

God calls us to pray for persecuted believers.

We stand with persecuted believers because we are all members of the same body.

Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.

Hebrews 13:3

Persecuted believers need our prayers.

Pray that they will speak the gospel with steadfast boldness.

To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.

Ephesians 6:18b-20

God hears and answers our prayers.

As we pray for persecuted believers, God will strengthen and help them.

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed …

2 Corinthians 4:8-9

God invites us to join the mission.

When we pray for persecuted believers, God uses their witness to change lives and advance His kingdom.

For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you.

2 Corinthians 4:11-12