We want to take this moment to extend greetings to you for a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving season. May you know the peace and joy of God’s presence, and an
ever-increasing gratitude for all that we have received through Christ.
We are so very thankful for you; your prayers are treasured beyond words.
Key prayer points:
- PERSECUTED CHURCH – International Day of Prayer
- CHINA – Rewriting Scripture?
- USA – Critical elections
THE PERSECUTED CHURCH
Sunday, November 4 is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. Of course, we all pray regularly for our brothers and sisters worldwide facing severe hardship for their faith in Christ (Heb 13:3). But this powerful day is an annual event to help educate and enlighten others in the Body of Christ – so that even more people will pray for and help persecuted Christians.
For instance, Christians in Pakistan are routinely threatened. They are often relegated to the lowest paying jobs and even to a form of slavery working for Muslim brick-kiln owners. However, they continue to serve and faithfully witness for Christ.
On Sunday, November 4, join thousands of churches across the world in prayer for our persecuted brothers and sisters. Please encourage your pastor and church to participate. For more information and to download a video you can show, visit the IDOP website (www.idop.org)
1. CHINA – Rewriting Scripture?
Governmental pressure on Chinese Christians is on the rise. But now, the Chinese powers-that-be are attempting to radically change text in the Bible.
Government controlled religious groups have a 5-year plan to bring more “socialist values” into Christianity, and to make Christianity “more Chinese.” They want to introduce Buddhist and Confucian teachings into a summary of the Old Testament and into new commentary in the New Testament.
This move to change the essential core theology and teachings of the Bible is combined with heavy governmental crackdowns. They are forcing “unregistered” (authentic Gospel) churches to either join the sanctioned church or to stop meeting.
Punishments for noncompliance include imprisonment, loss of employment and/or all personal property (including homes), violence and even death.
History has shown that this type of control and persecution only results in further multiplication of the genuine Church of Jesus Christ. But the hardships that Christians face in the midst of this growth come with heavy personal costs.
Please pray for:
- Strength, courage, steadfast faith and endurance for Chinese followers of Jesus.
- Biblical clarity in teaching and preaching in order to equip believers to refute false doctrines and walk in truth.
- The Lord to pour out His Spirit, and for revival to be multiplied even to the halls of government.
- International pressure to build and confront unrighteous persecution.
2. USA – Critical Elections
Voting concludes for USA elections on November 6, 2018. There is so much more at stake than just who will be chosen to fill governmental positions.
There is an all-out spiritual war taking place for who and what will control the very heart of America. This is not about how likeable a person is, or necessarily what is best for America. This is about agendas and values that are diametrically opposed, and a battle over the future direction for an entire nation that will impact the world.
It is clear that some people will stop at nothing to achieve their ends, including destroying people’s careers and lives with lies, false accusations and innuendo. It is sometimes difficult to discern what is actually true, since news agencies are no longer objective – instead selectively reporting “news” that only aligns with their political agendas and personal values.
SO WE MUST PRAY! Only God knows the hearts, and only He sees what is actually true. Unbelievers are broken, bound, blind and deceived and they need our prayers and compassion for their lost state. Believers also need prayer in order to perceive and discern the will of God and to obey it.
The complexities of today can seem almost hopeless to sort out, EXCEPT that with God all things are possible. There is nothing or no one who can bring order and righteousness out of so much chaos except God Almighty!
So it is essential that believers in Jesus Christ pray, vote, then pray some more! Pray for discernment, and for God’s Kingdom to come and His will to be done for the USA. Pray for the light of God’s righteousness to shine and reveal all that is hidden in shadow. Pray for revival and the conviction of the Holy Spirit to fall upon Americans who so desperately need a Savior.
“Oh, God, how we need You. Have mercy on our land and bring us to repentance for our selfish and wicked ways. We come humbly and declare our absolute dependence upon You and You alone for all that we need for life and godliness. Please do not give us what we deserve; and thank you that in Your mercy and grace, you give us what we do not deserve.
“Shed Your light and righteousness upon us, and pour out the saving power and love of Jesus Christ in these dark and lawless days. Prepare Your Church for what you have prepared for them. Preserve us, call us forth, and transform us for Your purposes and glory. Let Your Kingdom come in our midst, and let Your will be done. In the mighty name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen!”
For Jesus’ sake and glory,
Dr. Frank and Wendy Parrish