Many of you are aware that the Bible speaks of believers in Jesus as being “one body–Christ’s body.” Here is a segment on the topic:
“But now there are many members, but one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I have no need of you’; or again the head to the feet, ‘I have no need of you.’ On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary, and those members of the body, which we deem less honorable, on these we bestow more abundant honor, and our unseemly members come to have more abundant seemliness, whereas our seemly members have no need of it. But God has so composed the body, giving more abundant honor to that member which lacked, that there should be no division in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it.” 1 Corinthians 12:20-27
If One is Suffering, We All Suffer….
There are some in the body of Christ right now who are suffering very much;
we ask, Lord, that You visit them with Your protective and healing touch.
We agree with Your Word that says You give Your mighty angels charge
over Your people in all situations–from what seems small to what is large.
Since we realize we are all one body in the Lord’s church around the world,
we pray for those who are suffering from evil darts the devil has hurled.
We pray for those who are persecuting them for their faith in Christ, the King,
that, just like Saul, they would encounter Jesus, who is Lord over everything!
P. A. Oltrogge
“Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.
“As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?’
“And he said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’
“Then the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.'” Acts 9:1-6
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and every one who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” 1 John 4:7-10
Thank you for praying for the persecuted, whether that is by those governing or by various groups, in countries such as China, India, Iran, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, and others. (refer to http://www.opendoorsusa.org ) And prayers are also certainly needed regarding discrimination towards those in any country where the rights of God’s people to practice their faith fully and freely are being challenged in various ways.
Additionally, we pray for those in the body of Christ who are in need of physical healing or provision, and for those affected by the many difficult situations we hear of in the daily news reports.