Month of November – Pray for the Persecuted Church

World Watch Today, November 3rd, was the first day of a whole month of prayer for the Persecuted Church.  We have fellow believers all over the world who continue to openly declare that Jesus is Lord.  Many of them pay a great personal price for the words they bravely utter.  They tell us:  “Don’t give up in freedom the privileges we refuse to give up in persecution.”

From the International Day of Prayer website:   “Can we today pause our busy lives and think of those who are enduring persecution for the sake of the Gospel? Let us remember those who have not eaten for days because they are given nothing to eat … those languishing in prison … Christian families who have watched their homes burn to the ground … pastors who are beaten and tortured for their faith and enduring physical pain … Christian families and children living in constant fear of violence … those who have lost their loved ones … those who are facing death, even right at this moment, for refusing to denounce Christ…”

You hear, O Lord, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry. (Psalm 10:17 NIV)