I neglected to mention a quote by Bishop Ryle regarding Moses and his astonishing choices in this morning’s sermon text.
Wonder not that he chose affliction, a despised people, and reproach. He beheld things below the surface. He saw with the eye of faith affliction lasting but for a moment, reproach rolled away, and ending in everlasting honour, and the despised people of God reigning as kings with Christ in glory.
On this International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church we are reminded that many of our brothers and sisters around the world in 2009 must make similar choices born of their faith in God and convictions based on His word.
To learn more about the plight of the persecuted church, visit the Voice of the Martyr’s website. By clicking on here you can request weekly prayer updates by email so that you can pray regularly for specific needs within the persecuted church.
Again I recommend you keep the prayer guide for the top ten persecuting nations from this morning’s worship bulletin in a handy place this year so you can pray for spiritual breakthroughs in these dark places.
May the Lord give strength to those who suffer to stand firm in the faith. And may He open doors for the gospel in lands like North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Somalia, Eritrea, Afghanistan, and many, many more.