Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions. So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.Hebrews 10:33-35 (NIV)
Today I want to encourage everyone to pray especially for the persecuted church around the world. So many of our brothers and sisters in Christ suffer through persecution, big or little, every day of their lives. Some of them even lose their lives because of their faith in Christ.
The Bible tells us to expect persecution if we are God's children, and we are also given many examples of how faithful believers endured, prayed, rejoiced and encouraged each other during times of persecution. So let us pray for persecuted Christians, that they may take comfort and strength in God's love and sovereignty. Let us pray that they would continue to serve Christ faithfully, no matter what. Let us pray for their safety and for them to be a strong witness to those persecuting them.