Remembering The Persecuted Church

 There are many in the body of Christ today who are going through persecution of some kind. This might be through demonic dreams, being mocked, beaten, tortured, imprisoned, and even for some being put to death. Many Christians that live in free societies where they can worship God openly forget the horrors that other Christians have to go through.  

Christ Jesus reminded us that we should expect persecution in this life because we were his followers and that we would be hated by all nations because of his sake according to Matthew 24:9. So what can we do as believers in Christ about the persecution that exists in the church today? Today, we will explore this in further detail. Let’s get started!

Persecution Comes With Following Christ

As we briefly mentioned earlier as followers of Christ we can expect persecution in our life. Jesus made this clearly known when he stated:
If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.” (John 15:18-20)

Jesus also reminded those who were following him about being persecuted as he gave the sermon on the mount from Matthew 5 where he said:

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” (Matthew 5:10-12)

When we are persecuted for Jesus’s sake it may seem hard, but we should always ask the Lord to give us boldness and strength to share the gospel as it was Christ Jesus who set us free. We should remind ourselves of the following verses:

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” (Romans 8:35)

“For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake.” (Philippians 1:29)

“Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” (2 Timothy 2:3)

“That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 1:7)

“But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.” (1 Peter 5:10)

There is a spiritual gift that the persecuted church has that is much greater and stronger than Satan and his entire kingdom. This spiritual gift is given to every believer who has received salvation through Jesus Christ and the gift is to wield Jesus all-powerful spiritual authority.

Using Christ Jesus Authority

Jesus told his disciples an important aspect we see in Matthew 28:18 where he said:

“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.”

We see this is also backed up in Philippians 2:10-11 where it says:

“That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Jesus stated an important fact for all believers to remember from John 14:12 where he said:

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”

Most of the church has never learned how to use their spiritual authority in Christ Jesus and you don’t need any other qualifications except to be a believer in Christ. Never let anyone else tell you otherwise! In Luke 10 we see Jesus appointed an additional 70 followers other than that of his regular disciples and sent them out two by two to share the good news of the kingdom.

When the seventy returned to Jesus in verse 17-20 of Luke 10 we see something profound that every believer needs to see:

“And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.”

We see Jesus has given every believer the power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy with the fact that their names are written in heaven. We know that when we come to Jesus as our Lord and Savior mentioned in Romans 10:9-10 we are sealed with the Holy Spirit from Ephesians 1:13, which we should indeed rejoice because our names are written in heaven. 

So, we see as believers In Jesus Christ that he has given this awesome authority over all the power of the enemy. Let that sink in a minute! This fact is stated again in Philippians 4:13 where it says:

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

All things means all things! So with this great authority what should you do? Well, 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 gives us a good place to start where it says:

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)”

We also see the apostle Paul pointed out to his readers in 1 Corinthians 6:2-3 where he says:

“Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?”

So with this now in mind, how can we apply what we learned to start using our spiritual authority immediately against Satan and his kingdom? This can be accomplished by using our spiritual authority and using a variety of prayers.

Prayers for the Saints

There are a variety of situations that the body of Christ might be facing when it comes to persecution. In an earlier article titled “Recipe for Revival,” we discussed how to pray for agents of Satan in the flesh in order that they come to salvation and how to break demonic strongholds through prayer. Satan and his kingdom also use advanced tactics against the body of Christ, which can easily be dealt with as it is covered in a previous article titled: “Revealing the Enemy’s Advanced Tactics.” However, going beyond this we have to remember to stand of passages of scripture if the Holy Spirit brings them to our remembrance.

In an earlier article titled “Christian Tactical Strategies to Use Against the Enemy,” we show how to use your spiritual authority by speaking out loud. Below we show you two examples of how to pray for persecution situations.

Example 1

You live in a country that is very dangerous to be a Christian and its life-threatening to meet with other Christians for reading the Bible, prayer, and fellowship because you are afraid that you will be caught.

Remember we can do “all things” through Christ using our spiritual authority. However, it’s important to pray with two or more people based on the scripture where Christ said where there are two or more I am with them in agreement. (Matthew 18:19-20)

Heavenly Father,

I/we praise you and give you thanks for giving me salvation through your Son Jesus Christ, and everything you have done in my/our life and that we may grow in our relationship with him. Lord, as we go to meet in (whatever location), make us invisible to the enemy and everyone he might be operating through in the flesh. Thank you that we can meet together with other believers in boldness without fear of being discovered. Thank you for soundproofing our location so we can worship you without being heard by those who might be around us. We dedicate everyone and everything in (your village/city) to the Lord Jesus. Bind and cast down every principality and every demon under their command in this area and cover this (location/village/city) with the blood of Jesus that all people here may come to salvation through Jesus.

Thank you for protecting us from every demon, confusing the enemy’s communications regarding our situation. Thank you for breaking any demonic assignments placed against us and the effects thereof. Thank you for defeating the enemy in the lives of those he is using to destroy or harass us.

Thank you for breaking every chain of command for Satan’s army and cancel every one of their assignments and all of the effects thereof in this (village/city/state/nation) Destroy every stronghold, camp, and strategic place of the enemy throughout your (village/city/state/nation) with your holy and all-consuming fire anointed with the shed blood of Jesus. Confuse Satan and his army’s communication like you did to men at the tower of Babel in Genesis 11:1-9 worldwide. Sow discord and terror among the enemy and his ranks. Disarm all demons of their tactics, strip them of their knowledge, strip them of their uniqueness, and destroy all forms of witchcraft and the effects thereof. Destroy all the petitions of the enemy, and destroy their plans to kill, steal and destroy from souls worldwide.  Destroy the veil of darkness that the enemy has used to blind the minds of men so they can see the lights and truth of the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ so they can see the truth and receive salvation.

All these things we ask and pray in Jesus’s name. Amen.

Example 2

You have been imprisoned for your faith and are being mistreated by the staff of the prison.

Heavenly Father,

I praise you for giving me strength and boldness to preserve me every day in you. I pray that every demonic stronghold in this (location) is torn down and the principality over this region is bound and cast down along with every demon that reports to them. I dedicate this entire prison and everything and everyone within it to the Lord Jesus and cover everything here with his blood. I pray for the salvation of my fellow inmates, guards, and other prison staff.

Lord those who mistreat me, I forgive them, but bind, blind and mute every demonic spirit operating through them by the shed blood of Jesus, for I know that our struggles isn’t against flesh and blood but against the rulers of darkness of this world and the spiritual wickedness in high places mentioned in Ephesians 6:12. Loose the Holy Spirit upon every person in this place and work in them in ways I cannot.

Heal my wounds, and let me not feel any pain when they beat me as you are my strength in time of trouble and rely on you to deliver me from the wicked because I trust you according to Psalm 37:39-40. Even though I am in this place use me for your glory sake as I trust you work all things together for our good according to Romans 8:28 as your ways are higher than my ways and your thoughts higher than my thoughts according to Isaiah 55:8-9. If it is in your will I pray that I am rescued from this place the same way you saved Peter in Acts 12:7-10.

In Jesus’s name, and by his blood I pray. Amen.

Final Thoughts

As a Christian, it is our duty to pray for the persecuted Church as we are reminded in Ephesians 6:18 that says: “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” We need to pray that our brothers and sisters in Christ who are dangerous places are indeed invisible to the enemy while being bold for the Lord Jesus without fear.

If you are a brother or sister in Christ who is being persecuted take strength in the Lord Jesus as he has promised to never leave or forsake you and he gives you His peace which the world cannot receive, so let your heart be troubled. (Hebrews 13:5; John 14:27) And as a reminder, we have a powerful weapon we can use against Satan and his kingdom and that is Christ Jesus’s authority. As Philippians 4:13 reminds us: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” All things means ALL THINGS! Start getting creative with your prayers and use that spiritual authority to tear down strongholds and causing chaos in Satan’s kingdom.