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"Pilgrim and Sojourner." - 1 Peter 2:11

 PRAY FOR PERSECUTORS - Open Doors Ministry

In Luke chapter six, Jesus defines persecution with four verbs:
hatred, exclusion, insult and rejection (Luke 6:22). But later in the
chapter Jesus gives much more emphasis on how you and I are to respond
to persecution that comes our way.

One of the great lessons from the persecuted church is praying for
those who persecute you. This is a parallel principle with loving your
enemies. Multiple examples can be shared how God has honored this
principle of prayer...

Noskie was a former Imam in the southern part of the Philippines. He
was a devout Muslim and one who generated respect from that little
community in which he lived. Coming home from a fishing expedition one
day, he was shocked to discover that his two daughters had converted
to Christianity. He was well aware of the shame that this would bring
to the whole community.

In his anger, he mercilessly beat them hoping that they would renounce
their new faith. But the daughters remained faithful. They loved their
father and knew that nothing was impossible with God so they started
praying for their father’s conversion.

Sometime later, while fishing, Noskie felt a sudden piercing pain in
his stomach. As the pain intensified, his belly began to balloon. He
writhed in unbearable pain. He prayed but nothing happened. In
desperation he cried out to the God of his daughters, Jesus Christ,
and was instantly healed.

Noskie emerged from the experience a new person. He submitted his
heart and surrendered to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Today he
faithfully serves the Lord as a lay pastor. His daughters help in the

I am committed to respond to persecution
with non-violence as Jesus taught.

Lord, I realize today that when I pray for my
enemy and love my enemy, he or she is no
longer my enemy. Help me to always
respond this way.

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