Sunday, November 5, 2017, is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP). It is a day where Christians all over the world make a special effort to pray for believers who are suffering for their faith.
Did you know that over 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 share the wonderful privilege of standing in solidarity with our brothers and sisters who share our faith but not our freedom.
Please visit Open Doors to learn how you and your church can join in prayer with millions of other Christians on this special day. There are free resources available to help you plan a purposeful time of prayer with your family, your small group, or your whole church. My church is planning a unique and meaningful service for this special day. Please join us if you are in our area.
To view the 2017 World Watch List, the top 50 countries in the world where persecution against Christians is most severe, click here.
On behalf of suffering saints all over the world, THANK YOU.