Each year Christians all over the world observe the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP). This year it is on November 6, 2016. This is a day where the body of Christ lifts its collective voice in supplication to the God of heaven on behalf of Christians who live in places where their faith can cost them everything – including their families, their homes, their jobs, and even their lives.
Did you know that 70% of the world’s population lives in countries with heavy restrictions on religion? Did you know that more than one hundred million Christians worldwide are currently suffering interrogations, arrest, and even death for their faith in Jesus Christ? All of this happens on a daily basis around the world while Christians in the West enjoy relative peace, security, and freedom.
First Corinthians Chapter 12 compares the church, the body of Christ, to a physical body with each member having a different function. Verse 26 says that if one member suffers, then all the members suffer with it. Open Doors is a ministry dedicated to serving persecuted Christians worldwide and they would like to invite you to participate in IDOP and share the wonderful privilege of standing in solidarity with our brothers and sisters who share our faith but not our freedom.
Open Doors has made it easy to involve your church in IDOP. They offer a free IDOP Church Resource Kit which includes helpful resources such as sermon outlines, video files, prayer cards, and more. Click here to order one for your church.
Click here to see the 2016 World Watch List which ranks the top 50 countries in the world where persecution of Christians is the worst. I promise you will be surprised by many of the countries on the list.
Start planning now to make IDOP 2016 a special day of prayer not only for you and your family but also for your church!