Praying for the Persecutors and the Persecuted


What is your first reaction when someone wrongs you? Do you get angry? Do you want to get back at them? Do you retaliate? Sadly, we in America know our rights and demand them – often to benefit self rather than to seek the glory of God! There are many countries where responding to personal wrongs as we do in America will result in greater personal bodily harm, especially if it is the government of that country behind the personal wrong. There are countries in the world where Christians are targets of wrong doing. Are you aware of the number of countries where Christians are not protected from persecution when they express their faith? The answer can be found by going to

NAU Matthew 5:44 “But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

NIV Matthew 5:44 But I tell you: Love your enemies {44 Some late manuscripts enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you} and pray for those who persecute you,

KJV Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;


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