Tonight Kevin and I will lead a marriage group in our home. It seems so normal. Such an everyday thing to do. It makes my heart shudder that if we lived in another country, this might not be possible.
The news of Christians being beheaded, pulled out of their homes, and having other atrocities committed against them breaks my heart. I watch the news and I can hardly believe what I am hearing.
I racked my brain for things I could do to help. I suppose if we really wanted to, Kevin and I could go over there and fight. But that is not realistic, and I feel certain I would last all of 1 minute in a battle and certainly wouldn’t be helpful. So I had to sit down and think about what is realistic.
How can we help?
Living life in a way that honors Christ is one way of helping. But what else can we do?
What about 24 hours of prayer?
I minimized this idea at first. What could 24 hours of prayer on a measly platform such as I have accomplish?
But when I really thought about it, it is 24 additional hours of devoted prayer that would not happen should I choose to stand by and do nothing.
Now, it is not feasible for me at this time to pray for 24 hours solid, but what if I asked some friends? What if I used the small platform God has given me to grab at least 23 other people to join me. That is do-able.
I am committing to pray one hour between now and this coming Sunday for persecuted Christians around the world.
Would you commit for an hour too?
If 24 of us commit to at least an hour in between now and this Sunday I wonder what God could do with that? It may not seem like much, but I have seen God work, and He does a lot with a little. We may not see any impact this side of heaven, and that’s okay. But if even one of our brothers or sisters across the world experienced God’s peace because we are praying for them – wouldn’t that be worth it?
If you are willing to pray for an hour in between now and Sunday, please comment below. Don’t know how or what to pray? Click here for ideas of verses and things to pray for.
Let’s see how many hours we can rack up!