10 Ways to Pray for Persecuted Christians

10 Ways to Pray for Persecuted Christians

The annual report on the global persecution of Christians shows, that 260 million Christians suffered high levels of persecution, in 2019 (World Watch List, 2020). This figure represents Christian persecution, in 50 major countries of the world, where it is dangerous to follow Christ.

Based on the same report, 2,983 Christians were killed, on faith-related issues; 9, 488 churches or Christian buildings were attacked. Furthermore, 3,711 Christians were arrested, detained, sentenced, and imprisoned without trial.

What We Can Do

This figure is heart-wrenching! No serous believers will feel comfortable seeing this figure. Whatever is happening to Christians in any parts of the world, should be a great concern for Christians all over the world. Christians in save places of the world, should take a stand for their brothers and sisters who follow Jesus in restricted regions of the globe.

The first response, but not the only response of the church to persecution, has always been prayer. Peter was delivered from the hand of Herod, and the expectations of the Jews, because the church prayed.

(Act 12:5 NKJV) Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church.

You can pray, I can pray and everyone can pray. Bro. Andrew, the Open Doors’ founder said, “Our prayers can go where we cannot… there are no borders, no prison walls, no doors that are closed to us when we pray.

God is still in the business of answering prayer; therefore let us engage in constant prayer for our brethren. We cannot keep watching, while our brothers and sisters continue to suffer for their faith. Let us rise to pray, and intercede for the persecuted christians.

This persecution is not the first persecution of Christians, so we have examples of prayer for Persecuted Christians documented in the bible. Please find 10 ways to pray for persecuted christians based on scriptures relating to persecuted Christians.

1. Pray that the Lord will Deliver persecuted Christians from Unreasonable and Wicked men.

(2Th 3:1-2 KJV) 1. Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: 2. And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.

2. Pray that the power of God, will be made perfect in their weakness.

2 Corinthians 12:9 (GNV) “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my power is made perfect through weakness. Very gladly therefore will I rejoice rather in mine infirmities, that the power of Christ may dwell in me.”

3. Pray that persecuted Christians will keep and maintain their joy, in their infirmities.

2 Corinthians 12:9 (GNV) “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my power is made perfect through weakness. Very gladly therefore will I rejoice rather in mine infirmities, that the power of Christ may dwell in me.”
(Mat 5:12 KJV) Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

4. Pray that persecuted Christians will keep speaking boldly of their faith, wherever they find themselves.

Ephesians 6:20 (TLB) “I am in chains now for preaching this message from God. But pray that I will keep on speaking out boldly for him even here in prison, as I should.”
(Act 11:19 KJV) Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen travelled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only.

5. Pray that those of them in prison may be restored to freedom soon.

(Heb 13:18-19 KJV) Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly. But I beseech you the rather to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner.

6. Pray that the hope of persecuted Christians will remain unshakable, in the face of persecution.

2 Corinthians 1:7 (TPT) “Now our hope for you is unshakable, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings you will also share in God’s comforting strength.”

7. Pray that the persecuted Christians will place all their trust in God alone.

2 Corinthians 1:9 (TPT) “It felt like we had a death sentence written upon our hearts, and we still feel it to this day. It has taught us to lose all faith in ourselves and to place all of our trust in the God who raises the dead.”

8. Pray that they shall not be separated, from the love of Christ.

(Rom 8:35 KJV) Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

9. Pray that they shall not be distressed, destroyed, perplexed, in despair, or feel forsaken.

(2Co 4:8-9 KJV) We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;

10. Pray that they will remember, that Jesus Christ their Master was also persecuted.

(John 15:20 KJV) Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.

To receive prayer requests for persecuted church directly on your phone you can download “Pray for Persecuted Prayer App” which is available at ODUSA.org/PRAYERAPP

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