Hearing their cry: The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church – November 14, 2010
GeneralOctober 17, 2010
October 17, 2010 "You hear, O LORD, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry." - Psalm 10:17
Every November, Christians around the world join together in prayer to remember our Christian brothers and sisters suffering persecution simply because they confess Jesus Christ as Lord.
In the traditional church calendar, the month of November is marked by “All Saints Day” and “All Souls Day.” These days were set apart to remember the saints of the church and the souls of those who have departed this world. In recent years, the modern church has also set apart the month of November to remember and pray for suffering believers through The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) – an initiative of the Religious Liberty Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance.
There are many countries around the world where Christians are martyred for their faith. Believers in Afghanistan, Indonesia, Uzbekistan, Nigeria, Bangladesh, India and many other countries all around the world face persecution, violence, imprisonment and even death. There are other places in the world such as North Korea where acts of persecution take place, but we don’t see or hear of it. Brother Andrew of Open Doors once said, “Our heroes are not with us simply because they are in prison.”
On Sunday, November 14, join with thousands of Christians worldwide in prayer for the Persecuted Church. Mark your calendars, inform your churches, and tell your friends about this unique opportunity to pray for your persecuted Christian family and remind suffering believers that they are neither forgotten nor abandoned.
To find out more about IDOP 2010 and special resources designed to help you get involved, please visit www.idop.org.
Godfrey Yogarajah Executive Director - Religious Liberty Commission World Evangelical Alliance
For additional information, please contact the IDOP Office:
Religious Liberty Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance 32, Ebenezer Place, Dehiwela, Sri Lanka