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Gotta make a post, just in case anyone wants to come and see my heart-curtain background. Same as last year though. Not that this post will have much to do with Valentine’s Day, unless you consider some love for persecuted believers…

Anyway, I want to copy this here in order to use my mouse-hover thingy to see the references (“Reftagger”, a great tool, and free). Come to that, it fits right in with what came before (the previous post)!

I don’t even remember how I got to this website, but kept the tab open so I could go back to it regularly. It starts with suggestions on how to pray from scripture, for persecuted believers, and then includes a list for practical needs as well.

Because the New Testament was written to persecuted believers, it is filled with examples of how to pray for our brothers and sisters under attack.

Here are 5 examples from Ephesians:

  • Please pray persecuted believers would know the hope God gives (Ephesians 1:8).
  • Pray the Holy Spirit would strengthen them (Ephesians 3:16).
  • Please pray persecuted believers would know how much God loves them (Ephesians 3:17)
  • Pray they would know how to share the gospel (Ephesians 6:19).
  • Please pray persecuted believers would fearlessly tell others about Jesus (Ephesians 6:20).

Praying for practical needs:

  • Please pray persecuted believers would have access to a Bible.

  • Pray they have the courage to remain in their homeland.

  • Please pray for believers who have been rejected by family and friends. Pray that God would surround them with a new Christian “family” who loves them and supports them emotionally and physically.

  • Pray for God to be an advocate for women who are socially vulnerable or have lost the custody of their children because of their faith.

  • Please pray that God would provide persecuted believers with jobs and safe places to live.

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