Women received back their dead, raised to life again. Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection. Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison. They were stoned; they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated—the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground. Hebrews 11:35-38
This is the second half to the previous few verses about unnamed but very important Believers. How are they important? First, they provide us with an example of what could happen to you when you follow Christ. Essentially, it's what the other part of the world is facing. As I've said numerous times in this space, Western Christians don't get a real clear snapshot of what is happening around the world. Fortunately, the internet is changing all of that.
And secondly, they are to be commended for going through what they've gone through. "The world was not worthy of them." That is one of the most powerful statements in the Bible. I've known a few-not many-of those kinds of Believers. People with enormous talents who spend the best years of their lives serving others in some capacity.
Many of our Brothers and Sisters around the world are enduring intense persecution. That's no secret if you've been reading this devotional long. You'll never know their names or exactly what they're going through, but God does. You'll probably never see their faces, and if you do, they'll be bruised and beaten. But God is using those men, women, and children to build the Church of Jesus Christ throughout the world.
Continue to pray for those the world is not worthy of. Again, choose one of the nations from yesterday's devotional and pray like you've never done before for that land. Choose a city and pray for that city. Pray for the pastors of those cities who are charged with overseeing their flocks. Commit to praying a little each day for those pastors.