“So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.” –Romans 12:5
A few weeks ago, I went to a Voice of The Martyr’s conference and listened to four missionaries speak. It was so amazing to hear true stories from those being persecuted for their faith. One topic that really convicted me was that as brothers and sisters in Christ we need to be doing something to help those who are being persecuted. Prayer is one of the most effective and powerful ways to do that.
The Bible states many times that all Christians are the body of Christ. We are a family. If someone in your earthly family was suffering, would you just continue going about your everyday business and do nothing to help them? Of course not! You would do everything you could to help them. It should be the same with your spiritual family. 1 Corinthians 12:26 says, “And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it…” If you hit your finger with a hammer, your whole body suffers with your finger. When we have a brother or sister in Christ who is suffering for their faith, we should not leave them to suffer alone. We should be there for them when they need us and be continually praying for them. James 5:13 clearly states that if someone among you is suffering, you should pray. We often get so caught up in our to do lists and going here and there that we forget to pray for those being persecuted. There are many ways we can remind ourselves to pray. Here are a few:
1) Download the VOM (Voice of The Martyrs) app on your phone. It will give you one prayer request to pray for each day. It also has amazing stories you can read about the faith of missionaries overseas.
2) Set reminders on your phone to remind you to pray throughout the day.
3) Put a sticky note with the word “pray” on it in different places you go to often. Maybe on a mirror or on the fridge door. You could even put one on the steering wheel in your car so you can pray while you are driving.
Prayer is a powerful weapon. It has the power to strengthen those who are being persecuted. It has the power to free believers from prison. It has the power to give courage to those who are afraid. And as their brothers and sisters in Christ, we should be praying for them every day. We are the body of Christ, so let’s act like one.