“Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.”
What do you do when you hear of people who are being killed for believing the gospel? Does it move you when you read reports of people who have lost their houses to the fires of persecution? Does your heart bleed to read about children orphaned due to persecution?
Are you aware that some countries get Christians imprisoned for no other reason but that they believe in Jesus? Have you prayed about it?
Paul tells you what to pray. He says to pray: “…that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith”. 2 Thessalonians 3:2.
Today’s opening text is an urgent instruction to you. Remember the prisoners as if you were chained with them. Don’t be indifferent! Don’t be unperturbed. Pray brothers and sisters!
We must come to that point where the pain and challenge of fellow believer becomes our genuine concern. We must see how united we are as the Lord’s body, and that a pain to a part of the body is a pain to all the parts.
“And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.”
1 Corinthians 12:26-27
Have you ever prayed for those on the mission fields? Never? When last? For how long? Again today’s text says that you remembered the mistreated since you are one body with them. Bare their burdens. Stand with them in prayer. Do so today.
Pray passionately for everyone who is being persecuted all over the world, that they be delivered from wicked and unreasonable men.