Churches Take Part in International Day of Prayer for Persecuted Christians

As many as 100,000 congregations worldwide and millions of Christians are participating in a day of prayer for the persecuted church Sunday.

Known as the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, the annual event was launched over 20 years ago by the World Evangelical Alliance, with other Christian human rights groups adding their support.

Godfrey Yogarajah, executive director of the WEA’s Religious Liberty Commission, told The Christian Post that the observance was meant to “bring together concentrated prayer during a specific period for persecuted believers worldwide.”

“Our hope is that the IDOP will serve in bringing awareness to the global church on the persecution of Christians worldwide and inspire them to respond to the needs of suffering believers,” said Yogarajah.

“At the same time, our hope is also that the IDOP would be a source of encouragement to the persecuted and a reminder that they are part of a global family of believers who are standing in solidarity with them.”

Every year, the event has a different theme. For 2018, the theme is “Listen to Their Cry,” which stresses the need to give the persecuted a platform.

“We believe that God uses the prayers of his people to strengthen and deliver suffering saints,” stated Yogarajah on the observance’s website. “However, in order to pray for these suffering brothers and sisters, we must first listen to their stories. In other words, we must hear their cry.”

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Source: Christian Post