November 8 - International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

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    Millions to Pray for Persecuted Christians on Sunday

    Millions of Christians around the world will pray for their persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ Sunday in observance of the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.

    Sat, Nov. 07, 2009 Posted: 10:13 AM EDT

    Millions of Christians around the world will pray for their persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ Sunday in observance of the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.​

    In its 14th year, IDOP is one of the largest prayer events in the world. Last year, an estimated half a million churches in 150 countries participated in the event, according to Open Doors, an international Christian ministry that supports persecuted believers.​

    “The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church presents a tremendous opportunity for millions of people to make a difference in the lives of those being persecuted for their faith in countries like North Korea, Iran, Iraq, China, India and many more,” said Open Doors USA President and CEO Dr. Carl Moeller.​

    He noted that the number one request by persecuted believers is always for those living in freedom to pray for them.​

    “And on Nov. 8 we have the opportunity to collectively lift our petitions to the Lord on their behalf,” Moeller said.​

    According to Open Doors an estimated 100 million Christians worldwide suffer from some form of persecution for their faith in Christ – ranging from interrogation to death. Millions more face discrimination and alienation.​

    The World Evangelical Alliance, the largest network of evangelicals in the world, cited Hebrews 13:3 as a reminder why Christians should pray on IDOP. The verse states: “Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.”​

     

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