“Please join us in praying this month for persecuted Christians. As a part of our focus on persecution throughout the month of November, we also invite you to partner in prayer with us From November 6 - 13, when believers around the globe will pray for the Persecuted Church. Learn more about that week’s emphasis here.”—David Wells, General Superintendent
November 2016 (Missional Vitality)
For God’s help, strength and deliverance for persecuted Christians
- That God will strengthen, deliver and protect Christians being oppressed or attacked for their faith.
- That the gospel will continue to spread in spite of opposition, and that even the hearts of persecutors will be changed.
- For the restoration of homes and resources for those who have suffered loss as a result of discrimination or violence.
- That Christians everywhere will be empowered by the Holy Spirit to be strong in the face of opposition and will share and live out their faith without fear.
PASSAGES TO PONDER:
If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
2 Corinthians 4:8-10
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Next month's prayer focus: For the true meaning of Christmas to be celebrated and declared(http://everydayfaith.ca/?page_id=1487).