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10 November 2014

Churches urged to pray for the persecuted Church

Churches urged to pray for the persecuted Church

Christians across the UK are being encouraged to prayer for the persecuted Church this Sunday. 

The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church is being marked on 16 November and the Religious Liberty Commission is urging churches to unite in prayer for those across the world suffering for their faith. 

Dave Landrum, director of advocacy at the Alliance, said: "We read in the Bible: 'If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it'. 

"Let's make this a reality on 16 November and join with Christians across the globe praying for our brothers and sisters who are persecuted for their faith."

Religious persecution blights the international news agenda, with terrorist groups attacking members of other faiths. From Boko Haram in Nigeria to ISIL in Iraq and Syria, there are many areas to pray for. 

In South Asia, the situation is increasingly worrying. An average of two to three Christian girls are being kidnapped daily, raped and forced into Islamic marriages in Pakistan, where the largest number of Christians died for their faith last year – more than any other year in recent memory. 

The Alliance director of pray, Fred Drummond, has drafted a prayer that can be used on Sunday for services or by individuals wishing to dedicate some time to marking IDOP. 

The prayer thanks God for providing the example of those who risk everything to follow Him. 

"God of justice we thank you for the example of those who give up all things for your sake. May they find comfort in the knowledge that you are Lord of all and that one day in Christ, all sorrow, pain and mourning will end and prize and vindication will be found in you." 

A range of other resources can be found here, including material from other members of the Religious Liberty Commission: Open Doors, Release International and Christian Solidarity Worldwide. 

Are you taking part in IDOP Sunday this year? If so, we would love to hear from you. Email info@eauk.org with your plans or tweet @EAUKnews with the hashtag #IDOP2014.