How to pray for the brethren today

It is so easy to confuse our membership in Christ’s Church with our membership in a local congregation. We do need to fellowship, worship and serve with a local body of believers, but our membership is in the Universal Church. We have brethren all over the world, and we need to pray for them. Here are a couple of specific ways you can pray for the brethren today…

  1. Youcef Nadarkhani is a pastor in Iran. He is currently in prison under a death sentence because of his faith in Jesus Christ. He has been told that if he recants his faith in Christ he will be released. He has refused. Now, he awaits the results of a final appeal. May God be glorified is this. Let’s lift Youcef and his family up to our Lord.
  2. A home Bible study in Orange County, California has been fined and threatened with additional fines if they do not stop meeting. They, too, need our prayers.

“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me.” — John 15:18-21

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About Chip
Chip is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. He served more than five years on the staff of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana as Director of Communications and Public Relations, editor of the Indiana Baptist newsjournal, and regular contributor to the Baptist Press, the official news service of the Southern Baptist Convention. He currently earns his living as a writer. He serves his local church as a teacher and deacon and his local Baptist Association as a Seminary Extension instructor and supply preacher.

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