Have you ever been challenged to believe even when life is not going your way? I just read a blog from December 30th from Anne Graham Lotz regarding a pastor in a Tehran prison. The prison is horrible and just like in Paul's day men are treated horribly for believing in God.
People in the US have it so easy compared to others around the world. We lose hope easier, we complain more and because of all we have, we feel less, love less and live less fulfilling lives. This pastor didn't murder anyone, or commit any crime but to love Jesus. The letter that was displayed was so full of hope. 1000 days imprisoned for loving Jesus and the note reads of love, devotion and hope! I'm challenged, I'm inspired and I'm praying for this man to be united with His family.
Anne's devotion today made me think about the excerpt and to think about the title of this blog. Is Christ your rock? Is your foundation strong enough to have joy in suffering? Can we stand with Christ in sorrow without knowing Him? These are the questions I'm asking myself today. I am praying for those that are suffering for loving Jesus. Will you stand with me and pray for them too?
I want to send hope to the nations that God is who He says He is, in war and in suffering. He is in our homes, our churches and our hearts. If you feel dead inside it's not because of Jesus. Ask Him to show you who He is and He will.
‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’ ? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.” (Matthew 22:32 NIV)
But whoever loves God is known by God. (1 Corinthians 8:3 NIV)
For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building. (1 Corinthians 3:9 NIV)
My prayer today:
Dear Lord in Heaven come to us as you did in the days of old. Fill our hearts and minds with revival. Challenge us to look at You in a whole new light and to believe that You are who You say You are. In countries all over the world, men and women are being persecuted for loving You. I pray specifically for those that are imprisoned for loving You. Please Lord give them strength and courage as they work out their days fulfilling Your mission for their lives. Give us hearts to pray for them until Your will is done and they are released. Provide us with compassion and passion for the lost, the hurting and those we don't know. Lift up those that are struggling and as they come to know You reveal Your mighty power to them. We are all like wheat, one day believing, the next being harvested. Help us to stand firm on the Power of Jesus Christ. The one sacrifice that will save nations, destroy evil and reign forever. Make us like Abraham, strong and faithful and help us be part of the army that proclaims "YOU ARE GOD." There is only one way and that is straight to You. Be with Your warriors today and light our paths as we serve You, one day at a time.