Prayers of the Saints for the Saints

August 31, 2011 § 5 Comments

Last week we established that persecuted Christians around the globe could be referred to as Prisoners of War.  This week I wanted to encourage the saints to pray for the global church with these POW’s in mind.

Sometimes on Twitter or Facebook I might skim over familiar Bible verses to find the less wise, but pithy quips of others.  God’s word is where the power is!  So, I ask you to resist temptation to skim over this entry, but instead read and pray God’s word along with me. Thank you for joining me today in praying for Christ’s Body everywhere!

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Lord God, the Maker of heaven and earth,  I pray that our lives would be worthy of the gospel of Christ. In order that when people hear of us they may hear that we are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, and not frightened in anything by our opponents.  This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of our salvation, and that from you God.  For it has been granted to us that for the sake of Christ we should not only believe in you but also suffer for your sake, engaged in the same conflict that we saw the saints before us had.

Lord, help us look not only to our own interests, but also to the interest of others.  Help us to be like Christ making ourselves nothing, taking the form of a servant. Help us to humble ourselves by becoming obedient to the point of death.  Jesus, God exalted you so that your name is above every name and that at your name every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

(Philippians 1:27-2:11)

Father, our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.  He will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.  Help us to stand firm in the Lord Jesus.

For ourselves and our persecuted brothers and sisters around the globe we pray that we would rejoice in the Lord always. Rejoice!  Let our reasonableness be known to everyone.  You, oh Lord, are at hand.  Help us not to be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let us make our requests known to you.  Then the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus.

(Philippians 3:27-4:7)

Father help us each one, to bless those who persecute us; to bless and not curse them. Help us to rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep, and live in harmony with one another.  Help us not to be haughty but associate with the lowly.  Lord, save us from being wise in our own eyes!  May we repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on us, let us live peaceably with all.  Let us leave the wrath of God to you, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”   Instead when we see our enemy hungry, let us feed him; if he is thirsty, let us give him something to drink; for by so doing we are heaping burning coals on his head.  Help us not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

(Romans 12:14-21)

Finally, may we have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.  For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But your face, oh God, is against those who do evil.

Your word says that if we should suffer for righteousness sake, we will be blessed.  Help the persecuted church have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in our hearts, may we honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks us for a reason for the hope that is in us. Help us to do this with respect and gentleness, having a good conscience, so that , when we are slandered, those who revile our good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.  For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.

(1 Peter 3:8-17)

Lord, help us not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon us to test us, as though something strange were happening to us.  But help us rejoice insofar as we share Christ’s sufferings, that we may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.  For, if we are insulted for your name, Jesus, we are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon us.  We know that according to your word if anyone suffers as a Christian, that he should not be ashamed, but he should glorify God in that name.

Let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.  Let we who may escape suffering at the present moment be your hands and feet oh God to our persecuted brothers and sisters.

(1 Peter 4:12-19)

Lord, we love you and seek to glorify your name with our earthly bodies.

In Jesus name we lift up this prayer,

Amen.

Raise the Risk Challenge:

  • Pray One with Them this week and order your free wrist band to wear as a constant reminder.
  • Read the listed passages during time in God’s word to see what the Bible has to say about persecution.
  • Place a world map in your home and identify two countries that you will pray for this week. May the gospel message be proclaimed there and Christ followers be protected in mind and body to carry out His work.

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