Reading, Reflection & Prayer: Sat, 12 Aug – 2 Thessalonians 1-3 ~ encouragement for the persecuted church

Reading, Reflection & Prayer

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening(Northumbria Community)

One thing I have asked of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life; to behold the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.

Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory.

Please Read: 2 Thessalonians 1-3 (NLT) – click here

Reflection & Prayer

Encouragement for the Persecuted Church

2 Thessalonians 1:3-11 (NLT) – 

Dear brothers and sisters, we can’t help but thank God for you, because your faith is flourishing and your love for one another is growing. We proudly tell God’s other churches about your endurance and faithfulness in all the persecutions and hardships you are suffering. And God will use this persecution to show his justice and to make you worthy of his Kingdom, for which you are suffering. In his justice he will pay back those who persecute you.

And God will provide rest for you who are being persecuted and also for us when the Lord Jesus appears from heaven. He will come with his mighty angels, in flaming fire, bringing judgment on those who don’t know God and on those who refuse to obey the Good News of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with eternal destruction, forever separated from the Lord and from his glorious power. When he comes on that day, he will receive glory from his holy people—praise from all who believe. And this includes you, for you believed what we told you about him.

So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do. Then the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored because of the way you live, and you will be honored along with him. This is all made possible because of the grace of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ.

Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Merciful God: Thank you the endurance and faithfulness of Christians who are suffering persecution and great hardship, especially in North Korea, Syria, and Iraq. Hear our payer on their behalf –

+ For those who are undergoing great physical and emotional pain through imprisonment, torture, sexual abuse, and dislocation – relieve their suffering…. Lord, hear us.

+ For families and communities that have been devastated by war and violence, for those paralyzed by grief and fear – have mercy on them and help them where they need it most…. Lord, hear us.

+ For courage and boldness in the Holy Spirit in the face of threats of violence and imprisonment – that they may speak the truth, and see great signs and wonders done in the name of Jesus…. Lord, hear us.

+ For cooperation, and unity of heart and mind, among believers – that they might share with those in need what meager resources they may have, and rebuild your Church together…. Lord, hear us.

+ For world leaders and rulers – that they might recognize the plight of your people and act wisely, justly, and swiftly to relieve their suffering…. Lord, hear us.

+ For the persecutors and oppressors, and all who are perpetrating evil, violence, and suffering on your people – that they may confess their sins and turn from their wicked ways…. Lord, hear us.

Merciful God: Uphold your Church with your powerful right hand. Pour out your Spirit upon them, that even in their suffering they may live in a way that honors you – through the grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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“In the wake of ISIS” – The Dominican Sisters of Saint Catherine of Sienna return to what’s left of their homes in Qaraqosh, Iraq.

Christians Look to Revive ISIS-Ravaged Town: ‘They Can’t Defeat God’ – CBN News

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Blessing – (Northumbrian Community)

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.
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+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!



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