March 30 Lent Devotional

The Persecuted
March 30, 2021
By Pastor Lesly Broadbent

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when people insult you,

persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.
Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven,
for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

According to the Pew Research Centre, Christians face public persecution in 110 countries, the most persecution of any religion. Open Doors, a ministry to the persecuted Church, says that 340 million Christians live in places where they experience high levels of persecution, just for following Jesus. That’s 1-in-8 believers, worldwide. Likewise, in the 20th century alone close to 100 million people were martyred for their faith in Jesus Christ, according to World Mission Digest. The countries leading the way of persecution of Christians includes North Korea, Afghanistan, Somalia, Libya, Pakistan, and Eritrea.

Persecution of Christians seems to be so distant.  It is always "over there" and never “over here.” What message is there for those of us who have spent our lives worshipping in freedom?

Hebrews 13:3 may be one answer: “Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured.” We are called to live in solidarity with those suffering for their faith. We are called to remember them and enter into their pain.

Pause, right now, to pray for those facing persecution for practicing their faith. Ask that God might give them courage to face violence, pain, and imprisonment. Ask that God might give you a heart for the persecuted Church.
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