This is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted
Church. Persecution against Christians is rampant in many countries
around the world.
the Martyrs spokesman Todd Nettleton tells OneNewsNow
Christians in the free world have a biblical obligation to reach
out to the marginalized and suffering church elsewhere.
"Some churches on the International Day of Prayer are going to commit
the whole service to it or the whole day to remember persecuted
Christians," he says.
"Some churches are going to have a special prayer time, but the
important thing is for the church to do something to remember those
in bonds. That's what Hebrews 13:3 says: Remember those in bonds,
especially on this special day of remembrance."
However, Nettleton says the goal is to spark regular prayer for
the persecuted church.
"The reality is Christians are persecuted every single week, not
just this one time a year," he points out. "But this day is
significant because there's such a sense of unity as we realize,
'Hey, churches all over the world on this particular Sunday are
lifting up the persecuted church.'
"So there's a great sense of unity of the body of Christ that
comes when so many churches are participating and praying on the
Nettleton urges people to go to the Voice of the Martyrs website
each week and find the persecution "hot spots" around the world. He
says they will find plenty to pray about.
An annual day of prayer for the persecuted Church is coming up
this weekend in the U.S.