Years ago I read a book that changed my life. It was a book (written by Richard Wurmbrand) called Tortured for Christ. The book opened a world for me that I didn’t know existed – the world of Christian persecution. In the book, Wurmbrand talked about his persecution in Romania under the oppressive rule of communism.
Richard eventually went on to found an organization called Voice of the Martyrs, which is a Christian ministry that helps families affected by Christian persecution.
Since reading Richard’s book, I’ve had a heart for those who are persecuted. Every day I pray for those who are in chains. (Hebrews 13:3) God tells us to identify with our brothers and sisters who suffer persecution. I think this is one of the ways that we fulfill the commandment of Yeshua who gave us a new commandment in John 13:34,35: A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Loving each other means loving the persecuted church and those in North Korea, Iran, Iraq, India, Egypt, Syria, Columbia and all the other countries where Christians are persecuted. Let’s not forget to pray for our brothers and sisters on a daily basis that God would be their source of strength in times of trial.