Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:10
In 25 years as a Believer, I have yet to hear a sermon, a teaching, or even a devotion on the topic of “praying to be persecuted for righteousness.” We pray for holiness, patience, humility, a loving spirit, faithfulness, and a whole host of other attributes. Perhaps they pray this in other countries.
What would happen if we prayed it? How could it transform us? Would it transform us? I realize that “persecution happens.” I suspect, though, that persecution happens more when there’s a reason to be persecuted. In other words, if true revival is happening in our midst, others will take notice and before long the authorities feel they are losing control. Then they clamp down on the Believers. Persecution.
So I return to my original statement, what would happen in our lives if we prayed to be persecuted because of righteousness’ sake?
(I have added www.persecution.com link to the left if others are interested in The Suffering Church).