Many Christians around the world are suffering for their faith. They are being persecuted in ways that I cannot even begin to comprehend. Because I don’t understand their problems, I wasn’t sure how to pray for my brothers and sisters. The prayers I tried to pray seemed shallow compared to the depth of the tragedy they were enduring.
Our God Understands Their Suffering
As I thought about this, I realized that God comprehends what they are suffering. He alone understands the depth of their pain. Only the God of all comfort knows what these precious saints need. So I decided to use His Words to pray for the afflicted brethren.
I know this is not a new idea. It has been practiced for centuries. But for me it was the only way I could find the words to pray. My thoughts and prayers seemed superficial until I started praying Scripture. Then I felt that the ideas and thoughts had consequence and they were full of power.
Praying Through Scripture
So today my prayer for the suffering church is this: Lord, May you strengthen the persecuted saints with all power, according to your glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, as we give thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. For you have delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of your beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:11–14, ESV)
“I pray that out of your glorious riches you will strengthen our brothers and sisters with power through your Spirit in their inner being, so that Christ may dwell in their hearts through faith. And I pray that they, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that they may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:16–19, NIV)
I know that my beloved brothers and sisters are “more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:37–39, NIV)
I ask that you join with me in praying for the persecuted church.