Christians in Iraq

It has been 15 weeks (over 3 months) since ISIS seized Mosul and began severally persecuting Christians. Since then there have been many cries for help, prayer rallies and humanitarian aid (which is slowly stopping due to the increasing level of danger). I remember praying about this every day and even all throughout the day, but as time passes, I am slowly forgetting about their suffering and I am not praying much at all. I have been encouraged by God however, to keep praying.

Hebrews 13:3 says 3 Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.

As I finished reading this I was struck by the fact that we today, like the writer of Hebrews, have many brothers and sisters in prison and being mistreated. So we have much cause and reason to live this out just as they did, even now two thousand years later.

I have recently received an email describing the persecution that still rages on. On the news last week we all saw the real threat ISIS is to Australians. I am again motivated to pray for those in prison and who are being ill treated.

May I please encourage you to pray too. You might like to look up websites like: Open doors (https://www.opendoors.org.au/) or read articles from the “Fervr” website such as http://fervr.net/teen-life/four-ways-you-can-support-christians-in-iraq.

Otherwise, here are some prayer points you can pray through continually.

  • Pray that the violence in Iraq stops
  • Pray for protection for the vulnerable children
  • Pray for women who have been raped by IS fighters
  • Pray that the international community receives wisdom to know how to respond to this crisis
  • Pray that IS will have their eyes opened by God to their actions and to the Gospel
  • Pray that Christians will stand firm for Jesus in the face of suffering, looking at the eternal salvation that awaits them and their children.

Chris Forder

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