Tomorrow we will observe, as we always do, the International Day of Prayer for the persecuted church.
Scriptures like Hebrews 13:3 compel us to do so:
Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.
Open Doors estimates some 100 million of our brothers and sisters around the globe suffer mistreatment for their faith.
This year’s world watch list, which reports the worst nations in the world for persecuting Christians, has the following nations in the top ten positions in 2010:
1. North Korea (#1 for the eighth year in a row)
3. Saudi Arabia
5. Maldives (collection of over two hundred islands South West of India’s tip)
7. Yemen (the Arabian Peninsula)
8. Mauritania (West Africa)
10. Uzbekistan (central Asia, north of Afghanistan)
I plan to preach on Daniel 3:1-30. I have entitled the message Fearless Faith in the Fiery Furnace.
Rather than devote the 9:30 hour to prayer for the persecuted church this year, we felt the need to keep the momentum going in the Gospel in Life equipping class. Instead we decided to shift our regular 8:30 AM prayer time to the church property, albeit a meager way, but nonetheless an attempt to identify with so many who gather for prayer and worship in far, far less comfort and even danger than we do.
If you like, bring a blanket or folding chair with you. We will have resources from Voice of the Martyrs available to guide our praying.
Hope to see you on the property nice and early tomorrow morning.
There will be no prayer meeting at the SDA site at that time.
May God have mercy on our brothers and sisters in chains around the globe as we gather to remember, identify, and pray.