19 Jan Persecuted Believers
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Syrian believers were the ones persecuted first, had to flee first and are still the most vulnerable. The nations they have fled to aren’t happy about them being there specifically because they are believers.
Others have stayed in Syria by choice to help and pray in their cities with 1st hand knowledge – or because there is no way out for them. They continue to be targets, often discouraged, fearful and suffering in unfathomable ways. A key courageous leader and his family not only experience the daily concerns to stay alive, but spiritual assaults as well. Suddenly 3 of their family members have been in the hospital: 2 surgeries, one from injury from a serious fall and another illness.
One question Syrian believers are asking is, “Where is Christ’s church to help us?” Yes, there has been some response, but not nearly enough, or what we’re capable of.
There was some great news from inside Syria about Christmas day when children went to the streets with joy to sing carols in the midst of the destruction. Later in the day some church ‘song teams’ received permission and sang, “Your birth Jesus, is the Peace” in the main square near Straight Street. Several hundred risked their lives to hear the message of hope and peace. It’s reported that nothing like this has ever happened in this nation.
2 Corinthians 1.8-11
We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.
Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
Thank the Lord for the Christmas Day miracle of permission given, courage of believers, proclamation in the square.
Pray that their hope, reliance, courage and strength will be in, and come from the God of all Hope. Help believers know it’s Syria’s moment. It’s Kairos time.
Know they have a special assignment in the midst of the chaos; are not forgotten; are not above their master; and willing to follow example of Jesus and Paul to love and pray for their enemies.
Pray that this key leader’s family will be protected and the spiritual attacks will cease. Pray for complete healing and release to greater gospel effectiveness.
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