30 Days of Prayer With Your Brothers and Sisters in India

March 15, 2018 by Sydney Bennett in Asia

If you don’t already know, prayer is a huge deal at Open Doors. In just about every article or social media post you read from us, we ask you to pray.

In fact, one of Open Doors’ seven core values affirms this focus: “We are a people of prayer.”

The reason for this official statement is twofold:

No Closed Doors When We Pray

First, there is power in prayer! Through our prayers, we are able to call on the name of Jesus to bring change in places we cannot go, places that are absolutely desperate for the hope of Christ.

We often quote Open Doors Founder Brother Andrew saying, “Our prayers can go where we cannot … There are no borders, no prison walls, no doors that are closed when we pray.”

While it’s a powerful thing to have the opportunity to meet our brothers and sisters in person, an overseas trip is not always possible. (That’s why we partner with indigenous churches in more than 60 countries—to have a physical, on-the-ground presence). But we can be with our brothers and sisters when we pray—petitioning our Lord and Savior to meet them right where they are. We can intercede, asking that Christ would protect and strengthen them to stand strong in the eye of their storms.

Joining With Believers Through Prayer

Second, our persecuted brothers and sisters ask for our prayers more than any other form of support.

We continue to hear from our field reps who meet with our brothers and sisters facing dire situations that their first request is, “pray with me.”  Notice I said, “with me.” These believers want us to pray with them—not necessarily for them.

They have a front-row seat to watch what God is doing through persecution and trials. In many countries, His gospel is spreading like wildfire in the midst of violence and abuse. They ask us to join them in praying that they will not deny Christ and that his gospel will go forth. Listen to house-church leaders Vang Atu (Vietnam) and Vipur’s (India) requests:

Praying for India

This month, we invite to join us in praying with the Church in India—a nation that has seen persecution grow at an alarming rate. The world’s second-most-populous country went from #25 on the 2015 World Watch List to #11 on the 2018 WWL.

Just last Sunday (March 11, 2018), a Hindu mob of 50 extremists raided five churches–brutally attacking and abusing Christians as they worshipped. They told one pastor: If you want to serve Jesus Christ, go to Bethlehem or the Vatican. Worship Him there. Why do you want to make India impure?”

To help you connect with your brothers and sisters in Christ, Open Doors has created a 30-Day India Prayer Journal. In it, we introduce you to some of our brothers and sisters living in India. They have graciously shared their stories—and even their prayers:

‘Lord, Increase Our Faith’

Our prayer is that as you begin to learn about and pray fervently for these brothers and sisters—asking God to move over this nation—your own personal prayer life will deepen and grow. Through prayer, we tap into God’s heart for His people—and for our own lives.

Scripture is clear that the Lord hears our petitions and answers.

In Luke 17:6, Jesus says to His apostles, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.”

Let’s join with the apostles, saying,“Oh Lord increase our faith!”

I pray that we will each go before the Lord, believing He will work in India to bring our brothers and sisters through their persecution. And that through this adversity, the Lord would continue to advance the growing Church in India and draw more people to Him!

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