It's painfully obvious to see that as Americans we can sometimes be wrapped up in our own affairs. In all fairness, there is a lot we can be concerned about with the healthcare issues, impending government shutdowns and public shootings happening with such regularity that we seem to look for the next tragic event on a monthly basis. Nonetheless, as American Christians we still have the command and the duty to pray without ceasing and not for our four and no more. We need to pray for our brethren around the world.
Here are a few things to consider in your prayers:
Iran: Pastor Saeed Abedini is a U.S. citizen who lives in Boise, Idaho with his wife and two children. He was arrested over a year ago in Iran because of his Christian faith. Efforts to release him have gone all the way to President Obama. Pastor Saeed has been transferred from the very dangerous Evin Prison to Rajai Shahr Prison, considered and even more dangerous prison where rapist and murderers are held. The pastor is currently not able to have visitors. You can sign a petition from the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) to encourage the President, the State Department and our lawmakers to act on behalf of Pastor Saeed. Pray for his safety and for the Lord to be able to use him wherever he may go. Pray for his family and legal team as well.
Nigeria: Intolerance has been taken to new heights in Nigeria. Sadly, Nigeria continues to be a hotbed for Christian persecution. According to Persecution.org, the Jihadist Islamist terror group, Boko Haram, is targeting Christian as well as secular Muslims for conversion or extinction. Pray for these Christian brothers and sisters to be strengthened in the Lord and stand in the face of persecution, still proclaiming Jesus as Lord and Savior.
Indonesia: Some Christians in Indonesia are putting forth 24-hour intercessory prayer vigils to petition the Lord for their churches and pastors. According to The Christian Post, Christians account for about 15 percent of the country's population but even though they have certain rights, they still feel threatened by the government. Churches are not able to register with the same ease that mosque are able to register. Pray for God to touch the hearts and minds of these Indonesian Christians to be strengthened in everything they put their hands to do in the name of Jesus.