Churches pray for persecuted Christians Sunday

Sunday, November 11, 2012
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This is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. Persecution against Christians is rampant in many countries around the world.

Voice of the Martyrs spokesman Todd Nettleton tells OneNewsNow Christians in the free world have a biblical obligation to reach out to the marginalized and suffering church elsewhere.

Nettleton, Todd (VOM)"Some churches on the International Day of Prayer are going to commit the whole service to it or the whole day to remember persecuted Christians," he says.

"Some churches are going to have a special prayer time, but the important thing is for the church to do something to remember those in bonds. That's what Hebrews 13:3 says: Remember those in bonds, especially on this special day of remembrance."

However, Nettleton says the goal is to spark regular prayer for the persecuted church.

"The reality is Christians are persecuted every single week, not just this one time a year," he points out. "But this day is significant because there's such a sense of unity as we realize, 'Hey, churches all over the world on this particular Sunday are lifting up the persecuted church.'

"So there's a great sense of unity of the body of Christ that comes when so many churches are participating and praying on the same day."

Nettleton urges people to go to the Voice of the Martyrs website each week and find the persecution "hot spots" around the world. He says they will find plenty to pray about.

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