Why do we pray for the persecuted church? They’re half a world away; why should I care? After all, I’ve got my own stuff I’m worried about.
- We're commanded to do it in Hebrews 13:3 "Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body."
- When we remember that other believers are going through great trials, we begin to view things in a different light. Suddenly, "the color of the carpet" matters less when we realize that people are dying for the cause of Christ. It has the ability to put things in perspective.
- Who knows when it might be our turn to face persecution because of our faith? If we have been faithful to pray for others, it will help prepare us for what we go through, and it encourages us that someone else will be praying for us.
Then, how should I pray for those under persecution?
- Pray for their families to be provided for in their absence.
- Pray for peace.
- Pray for the boldness to share the Gospel with their persecutors - this may the only time the persecutors hear about Christ.