Today, I'm thankful that we still, at least for the present, have freedom to worship God. We can openly attend church, read our Bibles, pray, testify to others, and we don't have to fear being arrested and killed for our faith. In our cozy, comfortable environment, it's far too easy to forget that not everyone enjoys the same basic freedoms that we do. May God help me to remember!
Today is the International Day of Prayer for The Persecuted Church. This morning in Sunday School our teacher presented some pictures and video clips about persecuted Christians in other countries. Below is one of those videos, from Voice of the Martyrs, about Asia Bibi, a wife and mother, who was arrested and sentenced to death for blasphemy. This plea for prayer from her husband is sobering and convicting. Their faith and courage is moving. Don't forget to pray for our brothers and sisters who are suffering for the cause of Christ. If we were in their situation, we'd want them to pray for us.
This shouldn't be simply a one day event. These people go through unimaginable hardship and suffering on a daily basis. Pray for them often!