Small but Significant

When writing to the Corinthian church, the apostle Paul shared about the trouble he experienced in the province of Asia. The persecution was so severe that he and his companions “despaired of life itself” (2 Corinthians 1:8). However, Paul was helped by the prayers of believers (v. 11). Though the Corinthian church was many miles away from the apostle, their prayers mattered and God heard them. Herein lies an amazing mystery: the sovereign One has chosen to use our prayers to accomplish His purpose. What a privilege!

The day started out like any other, but it ended as a nightmare. Esther (not her real name) and several hundred women were kidnapped from their boarding school by a religious militant group. A month later all were released—except for Esther who refused to deny Christ. As my friend and I read about her and others who are being persecuted for their faith, our hearts were moved. We wanted to do something. But what?

Today we can continue to remember our brothers and sisters in Christ who are suffering for their faith. There’s something we can do. We can pray for those who are marginalized, oppressed, beaten, tortured, and sometimes even killed for their belief in Christ. Let’s pray for them to experience God’s comfort and encouragement and to be strengthened with hope as they stand firmly with Jesus.

Who can you commit to praying for by name this week? When have you experienced God’s faithfulness during a time of persecution?

Father, we pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ who are facing persecution because of their faith in You. Lord, please bless them for serving You, give them strength and encouragement as well as peace and comfort. Help them to feel Your love today. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

Today's Scripture: 2 Corinthians 1:8–11

Bible in a Year: 1 Kings 19–20; Luke 23:1–25

"On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers." 2 Corinthians 1:10–11

Reference : Our Daily Bread By Poh Fang Chia