“How terrible it will be for pregnant women and for nursing mothers in those days.” Matthew 24:19-21 NIV
As I listen to world news today of tensions, threats of war and especially the women and children held in Iraq on a mountain with no food and water, I can’t stop the picture thrashing in my mind of the words spoken by Jesus and recorded in the Book of Matthew. The deepest compassion of Jesus shows in this passage. How my heartfelt cries go out for these woman, men and children that are being told leave your Christian faith or die!
Heavenly Father, give world leaders wisdom, courage and faith to act to help Christians around the world. Give your church grace, mercy and a knee bending desire to pray. Minds to speak and support our brothers and sisters that are being deeply persecuted for their faith. Hands to serve and hearts to love. May we rightly discern your word with understand.
“But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! But pray that your flight will not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath. For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.…”
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I agree in prayer, with Sara. In Jesus name.
And, I am up early agreeing in prayer with you, Tammy. Thanks for show of support for our Christian families around the world! As well as all that need the very bare necessities of life.
I also will agree in prayer & intention with Sara and Tammy for all those in the global Body of Christ who are being persecuted for Christ’s sake. Father, may You strengthen them and may their faith NOT fail at the point of persecution, yes, and even death. May Your will be done for these modern-day martyrs in all the nations of the world who face torture and execution and the slayings of their family members. Preserve them, Father, unto the day of total and completion of the redemption in Jesus Christ. May the Martyr’s Crown await the slain in Jesus Christ.
We pray, too, for one another that our faith will not fail, in Jesus’ Name. Amen
Faith without deeds or deeds without faith….we pray for perfect balance.
People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you.
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.
If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit–fruit that will last–and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.
In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
1 John 3:22
and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him.
1 John 5:14
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
I would like to also add my agreement in prayer to those above.
And we also pray for Christians everywhere who are being persecuted for their stance on Jesus Christ by their own families, their loved ones who oppose their uncompromising walk with Christ Jesus. May they be strengthened more and more. May their faith not be weakened by this abrasiveness in their family. For, even Jesus suffered persecution and mockery from His brothers when He lived here on Earth. And after the testing, may they come forth as gold….like Jesus has come forth….in Jesus Name.
I also agree with prayers above. A friend and I prayed together for the very things above and will continue to pray weekly together and on our own. In studying Isaiah I learned that awaken, awaken means stirr up. May the Christians everywhere be stirred up to pray for their brothers and sisters in Christ who are being persecuted for their belief in the Lord Jesus Christ. Awaken oh churches to pray corporately for the needs of the persecuted ones.
This would be tonight, Friday. If you don’t have cable you can access at least clips on internet. From Franklin Graham…
Tomorrow night, I will appear with Greta Van Susteren on CHRISTIANS UNDER ATTACK, a special that will air at 7 p.m. Eastern on the Fox News Channel. I’m encouraging everyone to watch this important program that will shine the spotlight on how those who bear the Name of Christ are suffering around the world.
In Iraq, a terrorist organization known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, is threatening Christians with death if they don’t convert to Islam. In Iran, Pastor Saeed Abedini has been imprisoned for nearly two years because of his faith. In Sudan, President Omar Al Bashir continues to wage war on Christians living in the Nuba Mountains.
These are just a few of the places around the world where believers are being persecuted in growing numbers.
Greta has been a frequent advocate of Samaritan’s Purse on her program and on her blog, GretaWire. She has reported on our work in northern Iraq, North Korea, South Sudan, Haiti, and Alaska. I appreciate her now calling the world’s attention to this vital issue.
Please be sure and watch the program, and pray for persecuted believers around the world. If you won’t be home, please record it and watch later.
May God bless you,
President, Samaritan’s Purse