We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of man will be betrayed … They will condemn him to death… mocked and flogged and crucified. Mat. 20:18-19a

Praying Against Persecution?

Jesus Christ walked boldly into Jerusalem and suffered all He predicted would happen to Him without shrinking back. Jesus also revealed that believers will go through similar experiences. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me” (Mat. 5:11). We too must face our persecutions boldly without shrinking back. We will not instigate persecution for ourselves, but since it is inevitable, we will prepare ourselves to face it. My opinion is that we are not to pray generally against persecution, but we can plead with the Lord on specific situations as the Holy Spirit leads us. We are encouraged to pray for the grace to persevere in the face of persecution. As Jesus learned obedience from the things that He suffered (Heb. 5:8), we too can learn a lot from our travails, and we are blessed for standing firm.



  • Rev. Sunday Bwanhot

    Rev. Sunday Bwanhot is a missionary to America serving with SIM/ECWA. He is an Economist by profession and has worked as a Statistician with Kaduna State Government. He later pioneered and managed the Challenge Press of ECWA in Jos before God’s call to pioneer the Prayer Ministry of ECWA in Jos, Nigeria. In 1993, God called him to Chicago as a missionary and has been serving there since 1995 to date. Currently, he pastors ECWA Chicago which he planted and serves as the Chairman of the ECWA USA District Church Council. Loves being a grandpa of 8 grandchildren and enjoys writing.

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