The plea of persecuted Christians remains unchanged: "Please, pray for us." Often their prayers are requests for strength. Many ask the Lord to make them mentally strong to withstand severe pressure to deny Him. Others ask for physical strength following violent attacks. Some cry in prayer for the ability to forgive their persecutors.
This November 14, Christians worldwide are setting apart an International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP), as a special time to pray for the suffering Body of Christ around the globe. This year's theme is "Hearing Their Cry" from Psalm 10:17: "You hear, O Lord, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry."
There is still time for you, your friends and your church group to get involved in this exciting prayer initiative. Visit http://www.idop.org/ to find out more and to download special resources designed to equip you to pray for your persecuted family.