Constantly Pray for Fellow-Believers

Lee DeYoung

READ : 2 Thessalonians 1:3-12

Paul cared deeply about other believers. He often took pleasure in commending them to the glory of God and for the encouragement of others. He highly esteemed the Thessalonians: “Among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring” (v. 4).

How could Paul best serve them? “We constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling” (v. 11). We should follow Paul’s example by praying for fellow-believers especially those who suffer persecution. God can answer such prayers by transforming a tormentor’s hardened heart.

Continuing our prayers for the Arab world, today’s peoples include Sudanese Arabs and Libyan Arabs, Hassaniya Arabs (of Mauritania and Morocco), and the Maghreb Arabs (Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, France).

Although Sudanese Arabs make up only a third of the population, they tightly control Sudan’s government and economy. Brutal attempts to force Sudanese Christians to change their religion have claimed countless lives. Yet, empowered by prayer, few Sudanese believers have bowed to such deadly threats. On the contrary, many non-Christian executioners have been so moved by the valiant faith of their martyred victims, that they have later committed their own lives to Jesus! Sudanese churches are growing fast. Praise God!

PRAYER

Lord of the martyrs, may the faithful testimony of Sudanese Christians continue to attract their persecutors to Jesus Christ. Amen.