Imagine a child being sentenced to die for a Facebook post.
Jesus said in Matthew 5:44 to “love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”
We pray for those in the news and for those who need the love of Jesus in their hearts. If there is anyone you feel compelled to pray for in this blog, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For far too long, American Christians have taken their religious liberties way too much for granted. God’s mercy and grace have allowed us the freedom to worship and complain as we please without repercussion, and we don’t think twice about it.
Imagine, however, your arrest for something you posted on social media, an every day and frequent occurrence for spoiled Americans. And imagine the courts sentencing you to die for it.
That’s what happened to 20-year-old Christian Patras Masih, whom the Pakistani government accused of posting alleged blasphemous material against Muhammad and Islam. Imagine your cousin jumping out of a fourth-floor window because he was accused as an associate of yours. That’s what happened to Sajid Masih. Unbelievably surreal, but a true story as reported by the American Center for Law and Justice.
And those are only two instances of the price Pakistanis have paid for their belief and faith in Jesus Christ.
Therefore, we pray:
“Father God, our hearts are broken for believers in the country of Pakistan and other countries like it that are hostile to Christianity. We know Your heart is broken, too, especially because these special people have shunned the enemy’s lies of Islam to come to know and worship You, the true Living God. We pray now for your hedge of protection over these people. Send You angels over them to guide them and protect them from the evil influences of Satan and for their enemies who want to kill them. You know their hearts, and their hunger for more of you every day. Keep them safe and away from those who wish to do them harm, and help them know that if they will draw near to you, you will draw near them. Don’t let them get discouraged by what they see around them. Bless them in their lives and their efforts to spread the gospel to more and more people like them and to let them know they do not need to live in fear, because again, that is a lie from the enemy.
And we pray for those who have persecuted them. Transform their hearts into the knowledge of Christ. Let truth set them free and let miraculous, transformational, mighty things be done in Pakistan in the name of Jesus Christ. Bring peace to that region and peace to those people. Let all of this be done in Christ’s name, Amen!
“As for those of you who are left, I will make their hearts so fearful in the lands of their enemies that the sound of a windblown leaf will put them to flight. They will run as though fleeing from the sword, and they will fall, even though no one is pursuing them” (Lev. 26:36).
“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32)
Step Out of the Boat is a ministry created by Charisma Media Content Development Editor Shawn A. Akers and dedicated to help Christ followers to become spiritual champions and come to a more intimate relationship with Jesus. With its articles, podcasts and other forms of media, Step Out of the Boat encourages Christ followers to daily reach to a higher level in their calling. Shawn is a 35-year veteran sportswriter, a published poet and he published a story about Dale Earnhardt in NASCAR Chicken Soup for the Soul. You can read his blog here. You can also listen to his podcasts, the Javelin Sports Show, on the Charisma Podcast Network.