“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.
Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that it’s parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” (I Corinthians 12:12-26)
The Body of Christ is not limited to our local churches, rather it includes every nation and tribe and race all over the world. Because of this, we are all connected to one another whether we know each other face to face or not. When we get a wound in our physical body, the rest of our body begins to respond to that wound. It begins to do what is necessary to bring healing to that wound. That is what the Body of Christ needs to be doing for the parts of our body that are being persecuted and slaughtered right now in Africa and the Middle East.
But what can someone do who is in America or Briton or Australia? Everyone can pray. If every believer who reads this blog post would lift up all the Christians in harm’s way today and pray for protection and courage, I believe with all my heart, that we would begin to see a shift over there for their good. There are many organizations that are trying to help the Persecuted Church like Open Doors. Go online and follow what they are doing. They have prayer ministries to get involved in. They also provide physical needs as well and have workers in the refugee camps. All of these people need to be bathed in prayer as well because they are risking their lives to help them.
I challenge every believer reading this post today to make a decision and a commitment to pray for the persecuted Christians facing death today. Don’t think that it can’t happen in America because we are at risk too. All Christians need to rally together and pray for each other. Forget the denominational walls that separate us. If we have asked Jesus into our hearts and He is our Lord and Savior, then we are all part of one body–His Body. His representatives on this planet to the lost ones still in darkness.
Here is a prayer to get you started:
Father, I come before You in the Name of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. I lift up every Christian all over the world today who are facing death for their faith in You. I pray Father for their protection from all evil today. I pray Father that You would provide for their physical needs today and lead them to safety. Your Word says that “ye though I walk in the shadow of death, You are with me, Your rod and Your staff they comfort me.” I ask that all your children today who are walking in the shadow of death today would know in their hearts that You are with them and I ask that You bring them comfort. Finally, Father, give them the courage they need to stand for Jesus in the face of brutal death. Let them see with eternal eyes. I thank You for them today. Let their lives bring You glory today in Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen and Amen!
You may think that your life is insignificant or that your prayers won’t matter, but you are wrong. Jesus needs YOU to help other parts of the body that you are a part of. Take just a few minutes each day to lift up the persecuted church. The rewards are eternal. God needs people to pray like they never have before.
Here are two organizations to get involved in:
Here are a few pictures of the persecuted believers to inspire you to pray: