In response to the pain and suffering of our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world, so many people ask us, ‘How can I help? What can I do?’
Our first answer is always, ‘Please pray.’
This type of answer usually receives a mixture of responses, the most common being, ‘No. I meant what can I practically do?’
“Jesus never taught His disciples how to preach, only how to pray… to know how to speak to God is more than knowing how to speak to man.” – Andrew Murray
Prayer should be our first response.
The Bible is full of examples of Jesus leaving the crowds to pray to His Father. It is the only real lesson we see Jesus instruct His disciples to do (Matthew 5:5-14). Prayer is the most ‘practical’ thing we can do, because we know that it is only through Christ that we can do all things. Prayer is the greater work.
This is the exact response we continue to see from the persecuted church. Their automatic response to us asking “How can we help you?” is almost always, “Please tell your friends to pray with us.”
About the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Christians
Each year, for the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Christians (IDOP), Christians throughout the free world band together in solidarity with believers who live out their faith in the face of harassment, attacks, false imprisonment and even death.
This year, on 10 November, we are asking groups and churches to unite in prayer for the persecuted church in Iraq and Syria.
We want to see God strengthen His church in these two dangerous countries. We want to see the persecuted supported, to see Muslims discover Jesus, and to see nations transformed inside out through the work of His church.