The Voice of the Martyrs: International Day of Prayer

By Jessie Jolliff

Nov. 17, 2016

November 6 was the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP). The Voice of the Martyrs invited all Christians to join in praying for our persecuted family around the world. This is in line with the call to action in Hebrews 13:3:

“Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.”

Throughout the day, the ministry posted seven prayer requests. Whether it’s the International Day of Prayer, or a normal Tuesday, these prayers provide focused thoughts to keep at the top of your prayer list year round.

Join us in praying through this year’s International Day of Prayer requests from The Voice of the Martyrs:

  1. Pray for the provision and encouragement of Christians whose family members were killed for living out their faith in Jesus.
  2. Pray that government officials in hostile and restricted nations will come to know Jesus Christ and follow His will for their lives.
  3. Pray for Christian converts from Islam who must decide when and how to tell family and friends that they are now followers of Jesus.
  4. Pray for radio, television and Internet ministries that send God’s Word over and through “closed” borders. Pray that, through the Holy Spirit, their work will yield much fruit.
  5. Pray for the provision and safe delivery of Bibles to believers in hostile and restricted nations.
  6. Pray that God will enable persecuted Christians to witness for Him, even to their persecutors.
  7. Pray that Christians in free nations will understand “the fellowship of suffering” (Phil. 3:10) and choose to stand with and support our persecuted brothers and sisters.

The Voice of the Martyrs has made an inspiring video available for use in encouraging your family, church, or small group to keep the needs of the Persecuted Church top of mind.

Hannelie’s testimony is about how she and her family gave their all to serve Jesus in Afghanistan. This family of four left their comfortable home in South Africa to spread the Good News in a country that’s hostile to Christ. They knew the risks, but they would not deny God’s calling for them.

Even through incredible loss, Hannelie’s story challenges us to continue sharing God’s love to a world that is increasingly motivated to abandon the Lord.

Watch a brief video of her story: click here.

Todd Nettleton also interviewed Hannelie in a recent VOM Radio weekend broadcast. The broadcast is available on their website:

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