Faith Warriors

And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about … the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. Hebrews 11:32-34

After entering a few prominent names, the writer of the Book of Hebrews writes about miraculous acts of faith that are being duplicated today. In the West, we're not aware of such miraculous acts of faith (for the most part), but they are taking place. Likewise, many who live under the rule of oppressive governments are experiencing intense persecution. If you study church history at all, you'll realize that the growth of the Church in those regions is fairly proportional to the cruelty of the persecution. For example, when the Ayatollah Khomeini was still alive it was said that he was one of the biggest evangelists alive inside Iran because many were flocking to the churches because of his heavy handed government.

Pray for those who are being persecuted for their faith. Choose a country and pray for the church and individual Believers there: China, North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan, Algeria, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Cuba, Bhutan, Nigeria, Sudan, Syria. Unfortunately this is only about half of the list of countries that the Voice of the Martyrs has pinpointed as being especially cruel towards Christians. This would also be a good time to do a quick study of that country. Enter the country name into Google and view some of the information sites. The CIA (The World Factbook) has fairly good and unbiased summaries of every nation in the world. The World Factbook will usually appear within the first ten items when you search for a country.

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