Through the torment of His arrest, trial and humiliating crucifixion we know that Jesus identifies with the persecution of Christians at the hands of their oppressors. Through His glorious resurrection, Christians know, even in their suffering, they share in the victory that is His.
“Who shall separate us from the love of God? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For Your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” (Romans 8:35, 36)
This prayer booklet tells of our Christian brothers and sisters around the world whose trust and steadfastness in the face serious discrimination, harassment and violence can inspire us when we face lesser trials in our daily lives.
Their faith is tested in ways ours may never be; they turn to God in their hour need, and He faithful. Often, their trust in God is bolstered by knowing that through Barnabas, they have demonstrable proofthat they are part ofthe Body of Christ, not alone and not forgotten: neither left nor forsaken.
These persecuted believers find power in God’s promises, and through the Holy Spirit poured out on all flesh. Some have had their lives cut short at the hands of those to whom the truth ofthe Gospel is an affront. They have gone to their reward.
Give thanks to God for the living hope that He has given us in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Pray that Christians who suffer for His name’s sake will be encouraged by the promise of an enduring inheritance and so stand firm in their faith, whatever may happen to them. Pray too that in our own sufferings we will be sustained by this hope. Lift up to the Lord the believers in the countries and situations featured throughout this booklet and pray that His joy and resurrection power will be their strength, today and every day.