Friday, November 07, 2008

WILL YOU PRAY FOR THE PERSECUTED?

This Sunday is another occasion for the worldwide church to remember our persecuted brothers and sisters. While those of us who live in this part of the world have little if any idea of what actually happens daily to those persecuted, it is good for us to try to understand, so that we will pray. I believe our prayers are dictated by the passions of our heart. The mom who prays for her sick child, prays in a way unlike any other. It is what permeates our hearts that dictates our prayers. The cry of King David in the psalms as he begs his God to not leave him, but rather, forgive him. To help our hearts get in line with the reality that is persecution of followers of Christ around the world, I give you this tragic report from the wires;


"India's Communist Party estimates that more than 500 Christians have been killed by Hindu mobs in Orissa, 12 times more than official government claims of only 40 homicides. One official said he personally authorized "cremation of more than 200 bodies" found in jungles after Christians were blamed for the death of Hindu leader Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati on Aug. 24. Thousands of homes and churches have been destroyed, and tens of thousands of Christians have been forced to flee the violence. Mission Network News estimates 5,000 Christian homes have been burned, 200 churches ruined, 10,000 people remain in government-operated refugee camps, and tens of thousands are living in forests – many seriously wounded."

This is just a fraction of what is happening around the world today. The question becomes, does it stir your heart at all? Does it make you want to pray for those who are your spiritual family who right now are suffering and in the midst of dying for their faith. They are right now thinking of their loved ones and if they will ever see them again. They are trying to survive for one more breath. Will you pray for them? Please do.

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pastor tom
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