International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church
An annual event to unite the global church through prayer
Around the world, Christians will observe an International Day of Prayer (IDOP) for persecuted Christians on November 4, 2018.
The term “persecuted Christians” refers to any person who is harassed or attacked simply because they identify as being a Christian. Examples of persecution faced by Christians include but is not limited to beatings, physical torture, confinement, isolation, rape, severe punishment, imprisonment, slavery, and discrimination in education and employment. Open Doors’ current research suggests that 215 million Christians are persecuted. That is 1 in 12 Christians in the world today.
Open Doors invites individuals, groups and churches to participate in the International Day of Prayer by downloading reading guides, videos, sermon outlines, social media memes, and other tools made available each year.
As IDOP approaches, here are 6 things you can do to take action on behalf of the persecuted church any time of year.
- Learn more about the ways persecution is carried out around the world by taking this free interactive online course called The Ripple Effect. This four week series helps readers get their heads around what persecution looks like and provides personal stories to help us understand how it impacts the church in the world’s most difficult regions. It also provides information on how the Bible directs us to care for our fellow believers who face hardship. http://rippleeffectseries.com
- Read the latest updates from persecuted Christian communities on Open Doors’ website. You can check out the latest stories of persecution on our blog and in the latest issue ofPresence Magazine.
- Go deeper by visiting Dangerous Faith. Try this free 10 week video series that explores both the persecution of the first century church and the persecution of modern day believers. This study inspires us to see how God often uses persecution to do great things, revealing himself in extraordinary ways that can deepen our faith. http://www.dangerousfaith.org
- Download the latest Prayer Force Alert, which provides 30 days of prayer requests you can lift up for the persecuted church. Persecuted Christians frequently tell us that the thing they need most is prayer, as often their circumstances are so difficult they recognize that God himself is the only one capable of intervening. By committing to pray for them each day, you support the body of Christ around the world. https://www.opendoorsusa.org/take-action/pray/monthly-prayer-calendar
- Volunteer your voice. Sign up to use your social media voice to share about the persecuted Church on your Facebook, Twitter or other social media feeds.https://www.opendoorsusa.org/influencer
Follow Open Doors on social media, so you can stay aware of what’s happening to persecuted Christians around the world and stay in the loop on future ways to support persecuted Christians. You can find us at Facebook.com/opendoorsfans and Twitter.com/opendoors.