Sunday, November 7, 2021 is the International Day of Prayer for Persecuted Christians.
According to Open Doors, in just the last year there have been:
Over 340 million Christians living in places where they experience high levels of persecution and discrimination
4,761 Christians killed for their faith
4,488 churches and other Christian buildings attacked
4,277 believers detained without trial, arrested, sentenced or imprisoned
More from Open Doors:
309 Million: In the top 50 World Watch List countries alone, 309 million Christians in the world experience high levels of persecution and discrimination for their choice to follow Christ.
1 in 8: Christians worldwide experience high levels of persecution
4,761: Christians killed for faith-related reasons in the top 50 WWL countries.
4,488: Christians detained without trial, arrested, sentenced and imprisoned in the top 50 WWL countries.
4,277: churches or Christian buildings attacked in the top 50 WWL countries.
2.7 times: the amount the number of Christians killed has risen in sub-Saharan Africa, year over year.
20:Consecutive years North Korea has ranked No. 1 as the world’s most dangerous place for Christians.
But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats: do not be frightened. 1 Peter 3:14, NIV
Join me, and thousands of Christians around the globe, as we pray for the persecuted church this Sunday November 7th. It’s also encouraged to pray for the persecuted church the entire month of November.
One of the most powerful things we can do is pray.
The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. James 5:16b, NIV
You can pray by country. You can pray for specific missionaries that you know of, or maybe missionaries that your church supports. Pray that our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ stay encouraged. Pray for their protection. Pray that the Gospel will be spread in these hostile countries. Pray that God is glorified. There are countless ways to pray for the persecuted church. Both The Voice of the Martyrs, and Open Doors have great resources of how to pray, and other ways you can help.
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galations 6:2, NIV
Let’s lift up our brothers and sisters in Christ every day.
Love you all,
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 2 Corinthians 4:17, NIV