Sunday, November 11, is an important day of praise and petition.
First, it’s Veteran’s Day. Please take time to sing praises to God for the freedoms we share and to petition Him on behalf of all those who have served or are serving in our Armed Forces. At this time, our military is comprised completely of volunteers, people who willingly and purposefully work to keep us safe. Having grown up in a military family and having a daughter in the U. S. Army today, my heart is filled with gratitude to all the men and women who serve and is filled with awe of those who gave the extreme sacrifice of life. Thank you, Lord, for these wonderful men and women!
Second, Sunday is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. Thousands around the world suffer for their faith in Christ. They are rejected by their families, fired from their jobs, suffer violent attacks, taken into prison, and even killed. All the while we sit in our beautiful warm in the winter, cool in the summer church houses, oblivious to the plight of our brothers and sisters. Our country also turns a blind eye (e.g. designating China as a favored country while knowing that they imprison and execute Christians).
For more information on Christian persecution — on these veterans of the spiritual war around us — check out the Voice of the Martyrs at www.persecution.com. Or watch the video (link below) made many years ago by VOM’s founder, Richard Wurmbrand. And, please, pray for our brother and sisters in chains around the world.
Remember those in prison
as if you were their fellow prisoners,
and those who are mistreated
as if you yourselves were suffering.
Richard Wurmbrand video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqdPkDPMCwk.