WASHINGTON (AP) -- This Sunday is the 16th annual International
Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.
Christians in the U.S. and other nations will intercede for their fellow believers who are being imprisoned, tortured and even killed for their faith in Jesus Christ.
Jonathan Racho of International Christian Concern notes that the
Bible exhorts Christians to "Remember those in prison as if you
were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you
yourselves were suffering."
Racho, who monitors persecution in Africa and South Asia, says the first thing oppressed Christians there ask him for is not money, but prayer support.
He notes that in the earliest days of the church, the apostle Peter was miraculously freed from prison when Christians prayed for him.
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