How to Remember to Pray for the Persecuted

June 5, 2013 by Open Doors in Stories of Persecution

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A few weeks ago, I was talking with my grandmother. She wanted me to remember a date, so she told me to tie a piece of string around my finger. It made me laugh- this is a reminder system that is pretty outdated in the day and age of Smartphones, but it is still effective for some (like my grandmother).

If I am honest, 2011 has been a difficult year for me. There were many challenges and times when I couldn’t hear God’s voice. There were a few times when I really couldn’t see the “light at the end of the tunnel.”

My trials, though difficult, pale in comparison to some of the trials our brothers and sisters in Christ face. I remember how helpless I felt when I couldn’t hear God’s voice or at times when I felt abandoned. How much more so would a persecuted Christian, such as Pastor Nardarkhani-sitting on death row in Iran for his faith, feel abandoned?

So this year, I propose that we find some way of reminding ourselves to pray for these dear brothers and sisters. Perhaps while we are going through trials, we will pray for their needs as we pray for our own. Perhaps we can set aside time on our calendar (or tie a string around our finger) to pray for the persecuted during the day.

However you choose to be reminded to pray, we thank you for your faithfulness to pray. Thank you for committing to pray for the persecuted in 2012.