Today a band of believers from Lifegate Church in Villa Rica, Ga embark on a time of fasting and prayer for our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ around the world. I tell you this not to brag about our church; I am writing about this because when I last blogged, I had no idea that this was in the works. I also would like to invite you to join us in prayer for those suffering and persecuted. My last blog was motivated by the realization that 21 had been murdered because of their belief in Christ and the very day it posted another forty plus Christians were burned to death. Learning this was heart wrenching. The internet is a huge resource to find out about this topic. I will share a few links here:
Over the years I have learned just how powerful a thing prayer is. Prayer is also very personal, at least in my thinking. The Word of God is very clear that we are to go into our ‘prayer closet’ and pray.
When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. “But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. “And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words.…Matthew 6:5-7
Maybe you can imagine my surprise, even angst, this morning as I prayed when I felt the tugging of the Holy Spirit nudging me as I finished my time of prayer. I felt Him guiding me to blog about this subject again and to include my morning prayer for His people. “But Lord, what about Matthew 6?” was my response…the nudge was stronger still… so here goes, we just talked about little acts of obedience in our small group last night. Perhaps someone is wondering how they can pray for those who are suffering for their faith and that is His reason for asking me to share; or perhaps it is for someone out there who is being persecuted for their faith to find and be encouraged that people care and God is leading us to pray for them. Also, before I begin, let me share with you the link we are using where there are additional suggestions to pray if you are interested:
You are my Lord and I praise you and lift up Your Holy Name. Father, I thank You for Your love, mercy, grace and forgiveness; Your salvation, provision and watch care! Today Lord, we begin a time of prayer and fasting for the persecuted church around the world. Your Word says in the last days this will happen and it will increase.. More and more people around the world are suffering for their faith; men, women, and even children.. Lord, I pray for their strength; to hold fast to their faith. I pray Lord that they will actually grow even deeper in their faith and trust in You, and in Your love for them and in their love for You. I pray for their release Lord, but if not I pray for a supernatural move of God upon this planet. I pray that Your Spirit will be poured out and visions and dreams will visit those who are responsible for the torture and death of Your children I pray that the reverential fear of the Lord will come on people like never before! I pray Father that you will raise up prayer warriors all over the world to pray like never before and that our united voices for these precious people will make a difference; that they will know that they are remembered and loved. May revival start one by one in and through Your people, Your church and spread all across this planet. May Your people awaken too what is going on and rise up in prayer. May Your Holy Spirit rule and reign in each heart that follows You and may He rule and reign across this earth. May revival break out as we take a stand on our knees!! May Your Spirit penetrate to the farthest nations around the globe and be poured out on every person spreading the love of Christ, His saving power and HIs love and grace. Spirit of Truth, I pray for revelation of every false god and every spirit of darkness and evil to be seen for what it truly is. I pray for increased wisdom and understanding for all Your people. Reveal things that help us know how to pray so that we can move to deeper levels of prayer and intercession for our brothers and sisters in Christ. Father, I pray that the yokes of bondage be broken off and Your people set free. I ask that those responsible will be set free from the kingdom of darkness and come into the knowledge of truth. May they come to know the true God of Creation and His Mighty and loving Son. I pray that You raise up Your children in the spirit of 2 Chronicles 7:14, humbling ourselves and uniting in prayer before You crying out for forgiveness, both personal and for our nations; seeking Your face; Your leadership; Your will;; lifting up those being tortured and killed and lifting up each other. One by one as we seek You, may revival come and people be saved, delivered, set free and healed. May lives be forever changed as You move and answer our prayers. May we be Your humble and obedient servants. In the mighty Name of Jesus te Name that is above all others I pray, Amen