Pray For Those Who Persecute You
I came across this picture of Brother Andrew today. This is a picture of him in a meeting in Eastern Europe in the late 1950’s. The picture reminded me of how he met with communist members in Eastern Europe, guerilla soldiers in Latin America and the Hamas in Palestine. Brother Andrew has not only ministered to the persecuted Church, but to their persecutors as well! When he met with the Hamas, he was actually able to hand them bibles and pray with them. This is ministry that I would never have believed possible, but with God all things are possible!
The Bible says in Matthew 5:44 to “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” I know that I am a not always faithful to that command.
Often I find myself praying for my persecuted brothers and sister, but not their persecutors. They desperately need our prayers too. Imagine if God touched the hearts of these persecutors and they became modern day Pauls? Not only would they stop persecuting these believers, but they would also know Christ and would further His Kingdom!
God changes hearts- we have seen that over and over again. It is our responsibility to pray for these people. Lord, help us to be more faithful in doing this.