Against the persecution of a tyrant, the godly have no remedy but prayer. – John Calvin
This is the last day of the JUST PRAY NO! WORLDWIDE WEEKEND OF PRAYER AND FASTING. Right now 200 million people face persecution for believing in Jesus and 60% of those people are children, according to Christians in Crisis International Ministry, a prayer advocacy ministry for persecuted believers.
If your faith won’t fit in the door that opens, then, I argue, do not walk through that door. – DeVon Franklin
As Christians are being persecuted and killed for their faith around the world, it’s easy for us to feel helpless and defenseless – but when you stop to think about it, we have the greatest defense available – prayer! We are a non-violent people, and we put our lives and the lives of our brothers and sisters around the world in God’s hands.
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. – Philippians 1:21
We know that if we follow Christ, we win regardless. That’s not the point. The point is, even children are having their lives cut short because of such evil in the world – evil that believes there should be one religion – and it should not be Christianity.
I can’t think of any decision in my life big or small that I have not prayed my way through. – Roma Downey
I know many of you have a medical condition that keeps you from fasting for long periods of time. You can still pray along with everyone else. Fasting is a spiritual discipline that is much like the season of lent – where for a while we give up physical food and replace it with spiritual food. I have to be careful because my blood sugar can dip down too low. God takes very good care of me though because I’ve not had any dangerously low blood sugars.
It’s important to stay well hydrated, so keep a bottle of water with you during a fast. Your body can live without food for a few days, but it can only go without water for a few hours. Don’t let yourself get dehydrated. I have a water bottle that is BPH free – it was not all that expensive. I think I found it at Wal-Mart or somewhere like that. It’s a good investment if you want to measure how much water you’re taking in. Mine holds a liter.
Choose an instance where God’s people have been in peril, but God has seen them through safely. There are many accounts, but here’s where my focus has been this weekend:
Then Nebuchadnezzar in furious rage commanded that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego be brought in; so they brought those men before the king. Nebuchadnezzar said to them, “Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods and you do not worship the golden statue that I have set up? Now if you are ready when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, drum, and entire musical ensemble to fall down and worship the statue that I have made, well and good. But if you do not worship, you shall immediately be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire, and who is the god that will deliver you out of my hands?”
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to present a defense to you in this matter. If our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire and out of your hand, O king, let him deliver us. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods and we will not worship the golden statue that you have set up.” – Book of Daniel
If you didn’t get to start yesterday, you can begin today. Pray the Scriptures for those around the world who are suffering and dying just because they claim the Name of Christ. I never dreamed I’d see such terror in my lifetime – but here we are.
We have to stay strong and remember to read our Bibles and pray. This weekend is just one more opportunity to join together and lift our prayers to God, through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. ❤