PRAY FOR US
By Keith Peters
he setting was remote. The people were humble.
The way of life simple. A small number of believers
gathered together under the tin awning which
stretched from the simple bamboo thatched home over the
veranda to welcome our team from Canada for a time of
After one of our members shared from God's Word, it was
time to pray. The local pastor overseeing this small flock
spoke up about their need for protection from those around
them. "They are all around us" he said as he looked around
and pointed out the various homes in this spread out village.
"They donít want us here and they oppose us. Pray for us
that we would be strong."
"Thank you for sharing your burden with us," I thought.
We can pray. How many times have I not heard something
like this from the pastors Iíve visited in Asia? Here was
another real life example right in front of me of a church
facing the fires of persecution.
We did pray, but only after hearing a word from this pastorís
pastor. Our team got a glimpse of the counsel that one of
our partner leaders with whom we were traveling, Pastor
Kirit, gives to the pastors under his care as their mentor
"Consider the believers gathered in Jerusalem that we read
about in Acts 1 shortly after the ascension of Jesus," Kirit
said. "What were they doing? They were gathered together
to pray. They too were surrounded by people who opposed
them. And what did God do? On the day of Pentecost they
spoke the word with boldness and 3,000 were added to
their number. You too can pray for half the time and God
can add 1,500 of those who surround you to your number.
Do not call them your enemies. They are not our enemies.
We are just caught in between the enmity between God and
Satan and it has been that way since the fall in the garden
of Eden. I too was a Hindu and had the Gospel shared with
me. These people around you need to hear the Gospel.
That is what they need most."
Yes, this Pastor and small church needed prayer but they
also needed a challenge and encouragement from someone
who has gone through relentless opposition himself since
he received Christ over 45 years ago.
Kirit identifies with his people's suffering. But he doesnít
view it as a corner he has been backed into. He sees it as
the platform from which to cry out to God to move mightily
through the church to reaching those who do not yet know
the joy of knowing Christ.
posted on Dec 1, 2017