SUFFERING AS A CHRISTIAN
However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.
1 Peter 4:16 NIV
We hear stories of Christians who are being persecuted throughout the world because of their faith. Not long ago we watched on the TV some of the faithful Christians from one country in North Africa who were killed on the live TV; because they refused to denounce their faith in Christ Jesus. It breaks my heart to see while the world claims it has developed in many areas; but still people are being killed because of their faith.
I think for most of us who live in the countries where there is freedom of worship to see it and forget about it. We don't know exactly what those precious saints go through in their countries so we need to pray for them every time we get a chance.
Jesus said these powerful words in the John 16:1-2: “These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble. They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service.” Jesus saw these times in His days. He saw people who will kill innocent people including Christians and claim that they are offering a service to God. He then concluded that, And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me.
This morning, I want to remind you to pray for those who are persecuted for because of their faith in Christ Jesus throughout the world. I know you may be planning to go to Church this Sunday; and you are excited to hear the word of God and fellowship with your fellow believers. There are some people in some parts of this world who worship in secret and they don't have the freedom to worship as you do.
Use the chance that God has given you right now to know Him more; and share with other the Good News of salvation. In the mean time continue praying for those saints who don't have the freedom to worship; that God can give them strength and patient in the time of trials. Pray for the Church of Jesus Christ and the peace of Jerusalem.
Pray this prayer with me by faith and God is going to answer your prayer....
Dear Father, I pray for all of those who suffer because they are Christians. Lord I'm asking that You may give them strength to overcome whatever temptations they are facing in daily basis. May You be their comfort in the time of trouble, and remind them that their work is not in vain; and they shall receive inheritance as their reward. In Jesus' Name, Amen.