The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) has named the first two Sundays in November as the 2014 International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted.
More than 100 million Christians worldwide face persecution for their faith in Jesus Christ.
“Christians in Eritrea, Nigeria, India, Pakistan, Sudan, Sri Lanka, and many others face imprisonment, violence and even death daily,” says Godfrey Yogarajah, Executive Director of the WEA Religious Liberty Commission. “We are calling on Christians everywhere to stand by these persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ by praying for them and assisting them in any way possible, as commanded in Scripture.”
The WEA urges Christians to follow the commands of Hebrews 13:3 to “remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.”
Resources for pastors and Christian leaders to use in worship services or small groups, including stories, videos, and devotionals, as well as information on persecution and prayer resources are available at www.idop.org