Brunson has been in jail for 18 months for simply preaching the gospel in Turkey.
PLEASE … include these people in your prayers today. If believers bombard heaven, things can change!
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.
Aclj.org has reported that Turkish prosecutors are seeking a 35-year jail sentence for Pastor Andrew Brunson, who has been wrongfully imprisoned for the past 18 months for simply preaching the gospel in Turkey.
It took this long after Brunson’s arrest for Turkish officials to bring charges against him. Brunson, a Christian pastor in Turkey for the past 23 years, has been falsely charged with “membership in an armed terrorist organization.”
“It seems as if Brunson has become a political prisoner and a bargaining chip for Turkey,” the ACLJ reports. The Turkish government is seeking to swap Brunson for Fethullah Gülen, a Muslim cleric who fled his country facing charges in the attempted coup in Turkey in 2016.
The ACLJ has implored the United Nations to help, but to no avail. The ACLJ is working closely with the U.S. State Department for Pastor Brunson’s release. Therefore:
“Father God, we come to you and we pray for your grace and your mercy for Pastor Andrew Brunson. You are well aware of his plight, and we know that with you, NOTHING is impossible. He has done nothing but preach your Word in Turkey for almost a quarter of a century. We know that there are those who have done so in that country and so many other countries who have been wrongly persecuted. We pray for those souls as well. Pastor Brunson, although he does trust You and has put his faith in Your hands, must be understandably frightened with what is going on. Assure him that You will not leave him nor forsake him. Keep his spirits high and let him know that if You are for him, no one can stand against him. Bring him home to his family soon and soften the hearts of those who have imprisoned him.
We pray for Pastor Brunson’s family, who have been in anguish for a year and a half now. We pray that you comfort them with the assurance that they can trust You that you will work everything out for the good. Thank you, Father God, for Your grace and mercy and we thank You that You continue to reign in hearts and that we bless those who persecute us. To God be all the glory, Amen.”
“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 5:10).
“That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?” (Rom. 8:35).
“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first” (John 15:18).