WHATEVER YOU DO TO THE LEAST OF MY BROTHERS, YOU DO TO ME MATTHEW 25:40
Today, right now, Christians are being threatened, attacked, discriminated against, oppressed, imprisoned, raped and murdered simply because of their faith. We may never meet them, we might not even know their real names or see their faces. But they are our family. They are God’s beloved. Their stories of faith are moving and inspiring.
Release Potential works with young people and students to make the connection to help them understand that persecution affects us all.
Release Potential are committed to supporting ‘partners’ across the world who serve the persecuted church. RP currently work in 30 countries. Use our world map to find where persecution against Christians is most severe. You can also find some more specific details by reading our country profiles. Take a look and join us in prayer for followers of Jesus who are facing extreme persecution.
Prayer support is vital for to those who suffer for their faith in Jesus. Please use this guide to encourage and prompt your own prayers. In Pakistan you could be harassed or even murdered by Islamic militants, just for being a follower of Jesus Christ. In the repressive regime of North Korea, you could be sent to one of the notorious “labour” camps where tens of thousands have “disappeared”. That is why Release Potential is urgently calling on Christians to pray for these and other situations around the world.
Because the New Testament was written to persecuted believers, it is filled with examples of how to pray for our brothers and sisters under attack. Here are 5 examples from Ephesians:
- Please pray persecuted believers would know the hope God gives (Ephesians 1:8).
- Pray the Holy Spirit would strengthen them (Ephesians 3:16).
- Please pray persecuted believers would know how much God loves them (Ephesians 3:17)
- Pray they would know how to share the gospel (Ephesians 6:19).
- Please pray persecuted believers would fearlessly tell others about Jesus (Ephesians 6:20).
To create additional ways to pray from the Bible, take any book from the New Testament (except the gospels). Search for verses with the word “pray.”
Then use those verses to create prayer requests, just as in the 5 examples above.
Along with the example prayers in the Bible, there are some practical needs persecuted believers would love your prayers for:
- Please pray persecuted believers would have access to a Bible.
- Pray they have the courage to remain in their homeland.
- Please pray for believers who have been rejected by family and friends. Pray that God would surround them with a new Christian “family” who loves them and supports them emotionally and physically.
- Pray for God to be an advocate for women who are socially vulnerable or have lost the custody of their children because of their faith.
- Please pray that God would provide persecuted believers with jobs and safe places to live.
Learn more ways to pray for the persecuted church and read news alerts on current crises by visiting the Web site for the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.
Pray that they:
- remain strong in faith and trust despite physical and psychological abuse
- Will be able to forgive those who persecute them or who fail to support them
- Will experience and know love, joy and peace from God (Romans 8:28-39)
- Will walk humbly in their identification with Christ’s sufferings
- Will be fruitful witnesses to others
- Will be able to balance standing up for their rights, yet responding in grace and love
- Pray that they are protected from long term psychological/emotional harm and bitterness
- are protected from abduction or the “corrective teaching” some States try to impose
- might know and experience the love of God
- Pray that they receive help to grow spiritually
- Are protected and provided for should their family or community turn against them
- Will have the courage to lead others to know Christ
Pray for Sonia
Because Sonia identifies with Jesus she faces the threat of persecution. She is also enslaved in a brick kiln owned by someone who places no value on who she is or what she is worth. She doesn’t even have her own identity card so has no official status in her country as a Christian.
Sonia belongs to a Self Help Group in Pakistan. Release Women’s vision is to find ways of building her resilience to persecution by helping her and her friends save together, support each other and discover more about their identity in Jesus.
“I learnt to dream for my future, so I have decided that I will not give this slavery to my daughter, she will get education and will live with her freedom. Through this group I am growing in Jesus Christ, I believe God is giving me wisdom to change my circumstances.”Sonia, 22
Pray for Egypt
Pray for Egypt
Release Prayer Guide for Egypt
The church in Egypt faces an uncertain future: despite government support, Christians remain under pressure from radical Islamists.
Please join us in using this special guide to pray for Egyptian Christians for thirty-one days and stand with our brothers and sisters in Christ as tensions rise across the Middle East.
Support & Pastoral Care
You can write letters and cards of encouragement!
Your letters and cards, along with many others, can and do make a world of difference to persecuted Christians as proof to them – and the authorities – that they are not forgotten. Letters and cards to prisoners are often a strong witness to those who open them to censor them.
Lonely, isolated prisoners are often tormented by guards who tell them that no one knows about their suffering, and their faith comes under great pressure. Receiving a letter or card from someone is a practical demonstration of love and helps to keep their faith strong. Here’s a few tips of what to write and what not to write:
DO write legibly so that your card can be translated if necessary.
DO pray for the person who will receive your encouragement as you write. Tell them that they are not forgotten and that they are loved.
DO keep it short. Quote a Bible verse and give the reference.
DO sign it with just your first name and the country you are from. If you are under 16, check your letter or card with a Christian parent or church/youth leader.
DON’T mention Release International or your source of information.
DON’T write about politics or criticize governments or authorities.
DON’T give your full name or any contact details. Send any money with your card.