Prayer for the Persecuted Church
International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) is in November each year.
“Often I have heard people say, ‘How good God is! We prayed that it would not rain for our church picnic, and look at the lovely weather!’
Yes, God is good when He sends good weather. But God was also good when He allowed my sister, Betsie, to starve to death before my eyes in a German concentration camp.
I remember one occasion when I was very discouraged there. Everything around us was dark, and there was darkness in my heart. I remember telling Betsie that I thought God had forgotten us.
‘No, Corrie,’ said Betsie, ‘He has not forgotten us. Remember His Word: “For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His steadfast love toward those who fear Him.”'
….There is an ocean of God’s love available—there is plenty for everyone. May God grant you never to doubt that victorious love—whatever the circumstances.”
~ Corrie Ten Boom
As I reflect on the persecuted church and pray for persecuted Christians, I remember that God's goodness has nothing to do with our circumstances.
I have sat with believers in South Asia who have essentially said the same thing as Corrie Ten Boom: that God is good, even in the most horrific of times.