Faithfulness not safety

Now I’ve finished my university exams I’m finding the time to read through some more of the information I picked up at New Word Alive. There were a number of Christian organisations there and one such group was Release International. The magazine they gave me contains the following quote from some Egyptian Christians who have been tortured.

Please don’t pray for us. Please pray with us. If you pray for us, you will pray for the wrong things. You will pray for our safety. You will pray that persecution will cease. But if you pray with us, you will ask God to bring millions of Egyptians to faith in Christ. You will pray that when the inevitable Muslim backlash comes because of our witness, we will be faithful, even if it costs us our lives.

Quote originally from Al Janssen in The Persecuted Church Taught Me to Pray

It seems to be a common message from the so-called ‘persecuted church’*. Our brothers and sisters who suffer don’t crave comfort and safety, but faithfulness and perseverance. May we be faithful in our prayers for them.

 

* There are two reasons I refer to the ‘persecuted church’: a) there is only one church, and if part is persecuted all of it is; and b) persecution is the norm for Christians, and it seems to me that the English church is really ‘unpersecuted’ more than the Egyptian church is ‘persecuted’.

If you pray for us, you will pray for the wrong things. You will pray for our safety. You will pray that persecution will cease. But if you pray with us, you will ask God to bring millions of Egyptians to faith in Christ. You will pray that when the inevitable Muslim backlash comes because of our witness, we will be faithful, even if it costs us our lives.
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