“Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.” – Hebrews 13:3
My heart is broken today as I continue to read reports coming out of North Korea of the public executions of Christians. But it is not only there that our brothers and sisters suffer. Uganda, Nigeria, Kazahkstan, Pakistan… the list goes on. In numerous countries around the world, believers are being imprisoned, tortured and executed for their attempts to worship our Lord.
What does it say about us when we are here trying to convince folks of the benefits of attending church on Sundays instead of recreational activities? All the while there are people around the world giving up their lives for the same opportunity?
What does it say about us when we neglect to take the Bible in our home off the shelf and read it to our children, when parents all over the world are putting their children at risk for simply owning one?
What does it say about us when we walk into a church with consumer attitudes and are more concerned with what time we will be finished rather than thanking God with all our hearts for the privilege of being here?
I grieve… Will you pray with me?
My Lord, My God,
I pray for those that are suffering today for Your name. I pray that You will bring freedom to the oppressed. That You will ransom the prisoners. That You will end the persecution of my brothers and sisters throughout this evil world. Please let Your mercy and grace fall on every believer that is tortured for Your sake. Turn the hearts of evil men toward Yourself.
And Father, forgive me for my self-centeredness. Forgive me for my shallow worship. Forgive me for turning a blind eye to Your children in need. Show me how best I can serve these saints of God.
In the name of the Lamb I pray,