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How do we respond to persecution?
“Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” 2 Timothy 3:12
It is clear that persecution comes with following Jesus. It is something to expect as long as we are in this broken world that is against God. Our instinct reaction is to pray for God to save believers from persecution. But in the Bible, most times the believers pray for their strength to endure, instead of asking God to take them out of that situation.
“Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.” James 5:11
“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58
God calls us to love and pray for those who persecute us, as Jesus did. “But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” Matthew 5:44
Persecution actually leads believers to have more boldness to share the gospel! “And most of the brothers, confident in the Lord by my chains, now dare more greatly to speak the word without fear.” Philippians 1:14
Prayer Requests for Persecuted Believers in Indonesia
Pray that Fenny, the victim of a church bombing, will receive effective medical treatment despite her difficult circumstances.
For pastors facing financial crises, especially those who rent worship space.
Pray for Kandhi, who, along with her daughter, Meice, witnessed her husband’s murder by Muslim terrorists.
That Cut Fitri will be reunited with her children, who were taken when she left Islam.
For Rosyid and Misbach, who minister among some of the most radical Muslims in West Java.
- Pray for Pak A and his wife who are experiencing extreme persecution from their family and community. Praise God that 4 house churches have started from Pak A’s boldness in sharing the gospel.
- Pray for D and A whose families have found out they are followers of Jesus. Ask God to help them remain steadfast in His despite family pressures.