At the end of the book of Hebrews, among other closing remarks, the writer exhorts his readers to the do the following:
Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.
It’s easy to happily skip through life without giving any thought to those who suffer for believing the same things we do. Some of our brothers and sisters are in prison, right now. Others are beaten and martyred for bearing the name of Christ. We all belong to the same body, with the same head, Jesus. But it’s so easy to forget.
That’s why there is great value in the following app from Voice of the Martyrs. I (Pastor Sean) have been using it for a couple of weeks and it is a good tool to remind me to pray for those I will worship with in heaven one day.
Every day there is a specific prayer request for different country, a sketch of the country for the day or week, and a feed for news related to persecution in the church around the world.
Here’s an example:
Bhutan: Pray for “Jul” and other Christians who are persecuted for their commitment to Christ.
You can even see how many have seen the request and prayed.
It gets your head out of North America, opens your eyes more to the reality of the church and spread of the gospel worldwide, helps you to intercede for brothers and sisters you’ll one day meet, and emboldens you in your own efforts to boldly stand for the faith of the gospel in your own spheres of influence.