The importance of prayer for the persecuted

Thursday, September 27, 2012
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

Christians and Christian organizations are making plans now for the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, which will be held this year on Sunday, November 11.

Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) spokesman Todd Nettleton explains that the International Day of Prayer (IDOP) should be a significant day on the church calendar because it is a day when Christians around the world take time to remember their persecuted brothers and sisters.

Nettleton, Todd (VOM)"[We remember] those who go to church at great risk, those who serve Christ at great risk, and it's really a celebration of the unity of the Body of Christ, because the Bible says when one part suffers, we're all supposed to feel that pain," Nettleton notes. "The International Day of Prayer is an important part of joining in the pain that our brothers and sisters endure."

The VOM spokesman adds that persecution has increased dramatically over the last decade.

"[There have been] significant issues of persecution, even in the last year, across the Middle East with the changes that have gone on there," he says. "The Christians there are very concerned about what may come their way. So ... the IDOP takes on maybe even more significance this year as we see the events in the Middle East."

Persecution of Christians has also been on the uptick in the northern part of Africa, according to VOM.

November 11 is an important day for churches to be involved, but Nettleton encourages prayer year round. A special section of Voice of the Martyrs' website has been set up to focus on the event.

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