If the church is a family, we have a lot of brothers and sisters living in desperate need of our help. Persecution is real, and the stories are alarming. It can feel like there’s no way to help, or that these are people beyond hope. But with a God who is powerful, we have access to the most effective, destiny-making help we could bring: contending in prayer.
“We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed – always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.”
(2 Corinthians 4:8–10 NKJV)
Read some stories from the persecuted church. Look up Open Doors or Release International – their websites are full of stories that will motivate you to pray.
Come up with a plan for how you’ll pray for the persecuted, daily, for the next few months.
Look into taking a mission trip with a persecuted church charity.