Prayer Focus: The Persecuted Church

old-churchPlease pray for the persecuted church around the world. There are many who suffer for their faith in Christ and live in constant fear for their welfare because they claim Christ as Savior. In some countries it is illegal to worship Christ except in “approved” places; in some countries it is forbidden to worship Christ at all. Some of our brothers and sisters in Christ are imprisoned for their faith, and some have even been put to death because of their faith in Christ. Please pray that the gospel will continue to be proclaimed throughout the world, and that God’s Word will not return void but will accomplish that for which it has been given. Pray that the Holy Spirit will give peace and joy to those who suffer for the sake of Christ, and that God will meet all of their needs according to His bountiful mercy. Pray that those who know Christ will continue to share the gospel wherever they are, and that God will protect them and bless them for their courage and boldness.