It’s hard. You work, take care of your family and home, run the kids to what seems like endless activities, volunteer, and have social obligations. You barely have time to breath, let alone have time to become an advocate.
But what if I told you that you could help Christians who are being persecuted in 15 minutes or less? Would you believe me?
Well, you can.
Many mission/ministry organizations dedicated to helping Christians who are persecuted for their faith have programs that take very little time and absolutely no money.
I have compiled what I think are the best of the best ways you can help persecuted Christians in 15 minutes or less, and will share a different idea each day for the next several days.
Pray. If you only do one thing for persecuted Christians, let this be it. I do not advocate for a rushed prayer-time, but to add a short prayer each time you pray on behalf of the persecuted takes less than one minute. You can even add short little prayers throughout the day. It’s the most important thing you can do for the persecuted.
Because persecution is a battle. We cannot fight on behalf of the persecuted or prepare ourselves for it without the weapon of prayer.
Consider the armed forces.
When someone commits to fighting for their country, there are steps that they go through before they are sent into battle.
They are not sent into battle without going through some amount of training. Train first, act second.
New members of the armed forces also learn quickly that there is a chain of command, and to disobey orders would be treasonous. They learn to trust the judgement of the higher ranking officials and rely upon that judgement to keep them safe in the battle.
Eventually, members of the armed forces become so dedicated to their service, that so many have laid down their lives on behalf of service to their country while honoring the chain of command.
Without the chain of command in the armed services, everything would be chaotic. The chain of command protects and saves lives.
As Christians, it’s important to pray first, act second. Especially in regards to the persecuted. There are lives on the line. When we act without praying, it’s like sending a soldier onto a battlefield without training or the proper weapons. When we try to minister to the persecuted without praying first, we are negating the chain of command.
Prayer first says that God is our Commander-in-Chief and the highest authority in our chain of command.
Prayer first says that we trust him to lead us through the battle, even if we know that we might not make it though.
Prayer first is both our training and weapon to become a prayer warrior on behalf of the persecuted.
Hear one testimony:
In March 2009, Christian roommates Maryam Rustampoor, 29, and Marzieh Amirizadeh, 32, were charged by the Iranian state with being “anti-government activists.” They spent 259 days in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison before being released in November 2009.
Marzieh: I would like to thank them for their prayers and support, and the letters they sent us. During this time it wasn’t just Maryam and Marzieh who were imprisoned, but all these prayer warriors. This was a great encouragement for us. We felt their presence alongside us. So please keep praying for those who are in prison for their faith, believers in Afghanistan and Pakistan and other places. Don’t think that your prayers are unimportant. (Sam Yeghnazar of Elam Ministries)
Be important to the persecuted. Pray first, act second.
Don’t know how to pray?
It’s simple. Say “Lord, I ask that you are with your children who are persecuted for their faith. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
Looking for more depth? Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Monthly prayer calendar download from Open Doors USA. https://www.opendoorsusa.org/take-action/pray/monthly-prayer-calendar/
- Sign up for a prayer reminder email service, such as the ones through International Christian Concern. https://app.etapestry.com/hosted/InternationalChristianConcer/OnlineSignupOne.html
- Use a persecution prayer app on your phone, such as the one by Voice of the Martyrs. http://www.persecution.com/prayercalendar
- Follow a mission organization like Christian Freedom International on Facebook or Twitter.
Every time I see a post by the many that I follow, I pray for the organization and the people in the post. A simple comment “praying” lets the organization know that you are taking the first course of action in the battle on persecution.
Remember. Pray first, act second.