In This Season of Joy, Remember The Persecuted Church
By Kimberly Sowell
Remember the prisoners as if chained with them – those who are mistreated – since you yourselves are in the body also. (Hebrews 13:3 NKJV)
“'Tis the season to be jolly!" Indeed, we celebrate with great joy the miracle of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. We rejoice over His coming with openness as we exercise our freedom. (I pray you are exercising that freedom as you share the good news of Jesus this Christmas!) And while we celebrate here in America, Christian brothers and sisters around the world are suffering great trials from religious persecution.
According to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, North Korea, Eritrea, China, Burma, Vietnam, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan are guilty of violations of religious freedom. We have members in the body of Christ in chains, suffering for Jesus, and they must not be forgotten by those of us who worship in freedom.
Take some time to learn more about The Persecuted Church. Do research on the internet, or look through Christian publications to find out where the persecution is occurring. Ask God to burden your heart for your Christian “family" who are suffering. Pray fervently for their needs. Use the prayer of Jesus in John 17:15-26 as a guide to know how to pray God's will for these fellow believers.