Tuesday, October 21, 2008

the same mistake.

suffering for our faith is a reality. the bible clearly talks about suffering tied in with our faith. unlike westernized christianity (where if we don't get to buy starbucks or get to eat in cheesecake factory coz it's not in our budget,we think we're suffering for Christ already), there are people all over the world that are suffering for their faith. in fact being killed for it. yesterday, this news below was on cnn.com's front page. i was so overwhelmed with sadness to see how one person's faith can cause other people to hate so much that they kill a person for it.

"The Taliban claimed responsibility for the death, saying on its Web site it killed the "foreign woman" for preaching Christianity in the country, adding that it had been following the woman for some time." (read about the woman's story; read info reagarding raised security)

it's happening in india...it's happening in iraq. (watch video)

please don't get me wrong, this blog does not to promote hate to others who believe in other gods (or to those who have no gods at all). we are called to
love one another, no matter what each person believes. each individual is made in the image and likeness of God, so to see fellow human beings being killed because of their faith breaks my heart (whether christian, jews, muslim, buddhist, etc).

the reason why i write this blog today is for fellow christians to see the
importance of prayer...not just for their self and their needs, but to also pray for others especially for those that are serving as missionaries in countries hostile to the gospel and are facing suffering because of their faith. pray for protection, for comfort, pray for open doors for God's Word to be preached and that His Word would be heard even louder than the fear of facing suffering. it's time that the church of Christ rise up and take the position of victory as we pray...for our battle is not against flesh and blood.

the apostle paul, who knew ALL about suffering had a little something to say regarding this topic. here is what he and others have to say about the importance of prayer.

"A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil
...Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Pray...at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God’s mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike.I am in chains now, still preaching this message as God’s ambassador. So pray that I will keep on speaking boldly for him, as I should. "- Apostle Paul in Ephesians 6:10-20 (NLT paraphrased)

“The evangelization of the world depends first upon a revival of prayer. Deeper than the need for workers; deeper far than the need for money; deep down at the bottom of our spiritual lives, is the need for the forgotten secret of prevailing, worldwide prayer.” - Robert Speer

“In no other way can the believer become as fully involved with God’s work, especially the work of world evangelism, as in intercessory prayer." - Dick Eastman

“When we rely upon organization, we get what organization can do; when we rely upon education, we get what education can do; when we rely upon eloquence, we get what eloquence can do. And so on. But when we rely upon prayer, we get what God can do.” - Dr. A. C. Dixon

"Prayer does not fit us for the greater work, prayer is the greater work". --Oswald Chambers

"God’s children and his enemies both make the same mistake. They both underestimate the power of prevailing prayer" - quote from the movie The List

"Pray like your life depends on it...pray like others' lives depend on it...because in the end, it really does". - patricia :)