Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Praying for Brothers and Sisters in Christ

By: Jenifer Metzger

We all have heard about what is happening in Afghanistan. Awful doesn't even begin to describe it. This morning my heart was heavy and I just kept saying, "Jesus be with them!" I felt burdened to pray but couldn't quite form the words. Then later as I was scrolling through Instagram, I came across Ally Yarid. Ally shared specific ways we can pray right now.

I encourage you to intentionally pause throughout the day and in the days and weeks to come and pray these specific prayers and any other prayers the Holy Spirit leads you to pray.

• Praying for repentance and heart transformation in the Taliban leaders
• Praying for the Christians facing persecution and martyrdom
• Praying for the women being raped and sold into sex trafficking
• Praying for the men as they protect their families
• Praying for the nonbelievers that they would find a hope outside of this world in Christ
• Praying that the believers would be filled with the hope they have in Christ
• Praying for the children facing fear and being ripped apart from their families
• Praying for all those trying to get home/out and are unable to
• Praying for the gospel to advance despite the Taliban restricting it
• Praying for every human soul that is afflicted and in agony around the whole world that they would believe and hope in the One True God who will one day wipe away every tear and make all things new
• Praying that God's name is glorified and praised throughout every nation, tribe, and tongue

Our world is changing fast. It is time for the Christians to rise up. It is time to live boldly for God.

Friend, we have to step up and step out for God. We've been hearing generations before us say for many years that we are in the end times. The thing is, we don't know when God is coming back for His people. It could be tomorrow or it could be in a hundred years. It is not ours to know. But we have to start living for God and share Him with others as if He were coming tonight!

We must:

Repent. We are all sinners. We must ask forgiveness when we sin and then turn away and strive to not continue in that sin. We need to ask God daily to bring any unrepented sin to our mind so that we can repent and seek His forgiveness.

Pray. We must have a prayer life! Prayer is conversation with our Creator. We need to be in continual prayer. Prayer of thanksgiving and gratitude, prayer for repentance, prayer for others, prayer for leaders, there is a long list of people and situations we can pray for. However, prayer is more than just us talking. Prayer is also listening. Spend time quietly waiting before the Lord.

Read. Our Bibles are not a Sunday morning accessory! They are our Daily Bread. We must open the pages daily and spend time reading and studying. When we read the Bible, God speaks to us. He teaches us, encourages us, and guides us through the pages of His Word.

Memorize. We need to be memorizing Scripture. We are such a blessed people that we have so many Bibles. The average American Christian home has at least four Bibles. But I think of those who are having their Bibles ripped away from them, if they've memorized Scripture, they still have it in their heart.

Apply. We can't only read and memorize Scripture. We must apply it. We must live it out.

Share. We cannot stay silent! I don't want my loved ones or even strangers to go to hell! We must boldly share the gospel with others. Live a life that shares the gospel without words so that when you use words, people are already drawn to you and will be more willing to listen.

Let's be women who pray boldly, live boldly, and share boldly. Let's be women who rise up and proclaim that we are not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus!

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