International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church
November 7, 2021
In just the last year, there have been:
Over 340 million Christians living in places where they experience high levels of persecution and discrimination 4,761 Christians killed for their faith 4,488 churches and other Christian buildings attacked 4,277 believers detained without trial, arrested, sentenced or imprisoned
These numbers are heart-breaking. And yet, they do not tell the whole story. James 1:2-4 says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” That joy is what we see when we hear and work with Christians all over the world who suffer because they serve Jesus. God cares for His people, and He will never leave or forsake them.
The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church originated in the 20th century to raise awareness of the increasing violence, torture, death, “worship restrictions, public humiliation, and social isolation” that some Christians face in atheist states, such as in North Korea, as well as in South Asia and the Middle East; the observance was spearheaded by the World Evangelical Alliance
This November, millions of Christians worldwide will unite for one cause: to join the global Body of Christ for the 2021 International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted (IDOP). The number one thing persecuted Christians ask for is prayer, and we want to equip you to be able to meet their request.