Thursday, September 25, 2014

Pray for Missionaries and Persecuted Christians

This is a forwarded email prayer request: "From Dan and Marilyn: Missionaries who are in the areas that are being attacked by ISIS are asking to be showered in prayer. ISIS has taken over the town they are in today. He said ISIS is systematically going house to house to all the Christians and asking the children to denounce Jesus. He said so far not one child has. And so far all have consequently been killed. But not the parents. The UN has withdrawn and the missionaries are on their own. They are determined to stick it out for the sake of the families - even if it means their own deaths. They are very afraid, have no idea how to even begin ministering to these families who have had seen their children martyred. Yet he says he knows God has called them for some reason to be His voice and hands at this place at this time. Even so, they are begging for prayers for courage to live out their vocation in such dire circumstances. And like the children, accept martyrdom if they are called to do so. These brave parents instilled such a fervent faith in their children that they chose martyrdom. Please surround them in their loss with your prayers for hope and perseverance. One missionary was able to talk to her brother briefly by phone. She didn't say it, but I believe she believes it will be their last conversation. Pray for her too. She said he just kept asking her to help him know what to do and do it. She told him to tell the families we ARE praying for them and they are not alone or forgotten -- no matter what. Please keep them all in your prayers." This email pierced my heart. Pray for God to surround these Christians with His favor as with a shield, to comfort those in mourning, to provide wisdom and discernment to His missionaries. Pray that the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against ISIS and put them to flight. Pray that the Lord will stand by each one of His own and encourage them, giving them the words to say and the strength to stand firm in their faith. These are our brothers and sisters in Christ. We must not let them down. We all know there is power in prayer and the Bible admonishes us to pray for one another and encourage one another in the faith. Never are our prayers more needed.

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