Pray for the Persecuted: Deliverance from Death

The early followers of Jesus were persecuted for their faith in both the Jewish and Roman worlds. All of the original disciples died due to persecution except for John. Persecution of believers is growing. According to Open Doors in 2021 over 340 million Jesus followers faced persecution or discrimination because of their faith. There was an alarming 60% increase in deaths in 2019 and an additional 24% increase in 2020–when 5,898 believers were killed for their faith in Jesus. 

Pray that God would protect believers, churches or organizations being attacked. Pray that the testimony of martyrs would speak to many. Pray for the hundreds of thousands of Jesus followers forced to leave their homes or go into hiding for faith-related reasons.

Persecution of other peoples also continues all over the world especially against minority groups. For 35 years. the Chinese government persecuted its own people, forcing abortions on millions of women with its “one child rule.” Now it is using prisoners and minority peoples like the Uyghurs for its organ transplant industry (see amnesty.org).

Pray for those being killed or oppressed for their faith, religious beliefs or for being a minority people group. Pray against the increasing use of technology for persecution, including video and digital surveillance, contact-tracing apps and other technologies. Pray that the pandemic would not be used to justify discrimination against certain peoples.

Although it is not the same as persecution, innocent people can become targets in border or sovereignty disputes. Two to three million people in Bangladesh were killed when it declared independence from Pakistan in 1971. Russia is massacring civilian Ukrainians in a violent war to take their territory. Conflicts also result in millions of displaced people each year. 

Pray for the many Frontier People Groups that are suffering through generations of unending conflict, such as the peoples of Afghanistan. Ask God to help families caught up in wars.
Pray for relief organizations and others working in these areas: www.runministries.org/ministries, www.fai.org. samaritanspurse.org
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