Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
All around the world, believers in Jesus are being persecuted. Today thousands of believers are living under the threat of oppression in Afghanistan. Under the Taliban, many Christians are in hiding as they fear for their lives. Let’s pray for those believers.
And let’s pray for Christians in our country. Many of the biblical principles we live by are under attack. While we do not face physical danger, it’s no secret that the values we hold dear are ridiculed and seen as antiquated. Some stated truth is now viewed as “hate speech.” In a world where truth is determined by groupthink, God’s unchangeable truth is seen as offensive. Let’s pray that we can stand strong and teach our children to do the same.
I recently read about Christians facing the Taliban takeover. Their response was courageous and profound. Facing death, they said, “In a short time we are going to see Jesus.” Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Talking to God
Father, we pray for believers around the world who are being persecuted. Our hearts go out to those who are fleeing for their lives, leaving everything behind. Lord, please be with the families of those who have given their lives instead of renouncing your name. Please protect your children around the world. As we pray for them, we pray for us too. Don’t let us grow hardhearted and soft. Help us use our freedom to live for you in a way that impacts all those in our lives. Move our hearts to always honor you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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