Every second Sunday we pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world. Hebrews 13:3 says, "Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering."
(Mizo Translations) Chawlhkawrhnihnaahchuan Krista vangahreawmtuarte tan kantawngtai dawn a nia. Hebrai 13:3, "Phuaraawmtechuphuarnivenginhr
erengula; hrehawmtuartechutaksaaawmvebaw k in nihavanginhrerengrawh u." Krista tlannazarahkanzainpumkhatkanni si a, tawngtaiiniinpuitawntheuhang u.
Our persecuted brothers and sisters know the hope found in prayer. The question is: Do we?
Recently I was asked to write a weekly blog on prayer. My first response was, "Absolutely!" But as I began thinking more about prayer and what I would write each week, I was humbled to see how much my prayer life is lacking.
I've worked for Open Doors for over a decade now and stood in front of audiences time and time again telling people the best thing we can do for our brothers and sisters facing persecution is to pray-fully knowing the No. 1 request from persecuted believers is prayer. I've said to these same audiences, "Our brothers and sisters know the power of prayer and know our prayers will help more than anything else."
LET'S LEARN TOGETHER
As I begin this journey of prayer, I invite you to join me in kneeling down and sitting at the feet of Jesus as He teaches us how to practice this discipline and privilege, believing that through our communion with Him, He can and will enter into the darkness-in our lives and in the lives of our persecuted brothers and sisters.
And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him! (Luke 11:9-13)
Lord, teach us to pray...
Prayers for Neighborhood Churches
Our prayer focus this week is for Cottage Grove Church in the Drake neighborhood. Pastor Andy Norris is lead pastor. This is a new church plant started up by Cornerstone Church in Ames. Pastor Andy has a heart for the Drake Students and has started a college outreach of the SALT Company on Iowa State Campus. They are looking for ways to plug into our city and serve. As well as on Drake's Campus. Please pray for vision, direction and open doors.