A Day in the Life of The Persecuted Church

October 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

Acts 17:26-27

English Standard Version (ESV)

26And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, 27 that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us,

I wake up to my morning coffee or tea.

They to empty bellies.

I wake up to every resource at my fingertips.

They to a day of want and isolation.

I wake up to the knowledge that this day will bring joys and sorrows both seen and unseen.

They to visual sorrow, but inward hope and joy.

I wake up to my family. The knowledge that they are safe.

They to a cell or hiding place prayerful for family’s protection and provision.

I lie down  to a soft pillow in a cool room, bed cozy.

They to hard floors, bug infested, putrid.

I lie down with worries alongside hope.

They with realized fears alongside doubt and shame.

They are the unseen faces of Christian brothers and sisters around the world persecuted for the same faith that we freely profess.

They are the ambassadors in foreign lands living out the gospel so that Christ’s name may be glorified and His gift of salvation proclaimed to the people of their land and time.

They could have easily been us.  Bound by invisible chains in this present darkness.

We too have trials.  We too have obstacles to overcome as we hope for Home.

I have written about Prisoners of War for over a month; to some degree in ignorance no doubt.  Presently I, like you, worship and share Christ freely without fear of imprisonment or death.  However, I have been called upon as a saint, through Christ Jesus alone, to pray for the saints and thereby share in their suffering.

As we draw nearer to the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, let our zeal press on so that we honor God and serve our brother.

Praying like it counts and hoping for the Home that is to come,

Brooke

Raise the Risk Challenge:

Watch and Pray:

Wear – A visible reminder to pray.

Read: The Persecuted Church Taught Me to Pray- You will gain much from this article.

Consider and offer your thoughts: Why is the church in America not under the persecution that we see in other countries?

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