Sunday, June 1, 2014

Why are some persecuted?

Good morning my sisters-

There is a world wide story out about a woman in Sudan who is in prison because her father was Muslim.  He left the family and she was raised Christian.  It has hit every major news channel, twitter and a world of other places.  It is a story of a woman persecuted because she sinned against the Quran.  If you don't think bad things happen to Christians, read this story.

In order to be released she would have to denounce Christ.  But guess what?  She won't. She will either be released or die confessing Jesus is Lord.  One woman, pregnant and with her other 20 month old child in prison for what?  Because she believes in the one true God and her father's faith is now deciding her fate.  Well, we all know that Christ is with her and maybe that's why she is so strong right now.  She has world fame and her confession makes me really look at myself.  Faced with death, what would I do?  What would you do?

We must ask ourselves questions about the strength of our faith and about our love for Christ.  In the last month women in Nigeria were asked to leave Christ and become Muslim.  We can only imagine the horror they have been through.  My prayer has been that if they were married that their Spirit would change the hearts of their husbands and that the husbands would be gentle to them.

Many incidents are happening in the world just like these. They may not be as widely publicized but they are happening.  Please pray for these women and ask God to intercede if it's in His will.  They are victims to evil but they are the children of God and as they confess their love, He will hear them. The fear I have for these women is great.  I know that fear is not of God, so instead, I have prayed that God would comfort them and guide them.

Women must stand together to intercede for the women that are going through this and for man who has truly been deceived.  Be well and please pray for them.  They need our support!

While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, “What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is he?” “The son of David,” they replied. He said to them, “How is it then that David, speaking by the Spirit, calls him ‘Lord’? For he says, “ ‘The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet.” ’ No one could say a word in reply, and from that day on no one dared to ask him any more questions. (Matthew 22:41-44, 46 NIV)

My prayer today

O, Mighty God, many have called upon you in persecution and for all the martyrs You were there.  Some have been sacrificed for your cause and others have lived to tell the story but with each story You still remain the One True God.  Wc cry out to You and ask that You will be with each of these women.  That You will guide them and give them a hope in the midst of their horrible circumstances.  I pray for the children that will come from their attackers, that they will know You and that one day all will know You.  I am also praying for the woman in Sudan who has just given birth.  Give her continued strength and please Lord release her if it's in Your will.  We come together as a body, praying and calling upon the One who sits at the right hand. Please put the enemies under Your feet and release these women from the enemy.  I pray this in Your name, AMEN

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