16th March 2017
40 Days Of Prayer To Answer The Cry
QUESTION: If you have children between the ages of six to sixteen (or have friends who do), how easy do you find it to 'encourage' them to go to church on a Sunday morning? Do they see their church community as a place that helps and supports them as they grow?
"I lift up my eyes to the mountains - where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth." Psalm 121:1-2
Persecution comes in many forms but it can be particularly harsh when your persecutors are your closest family. Salma*, a young woman from Morocco, was just 13 when she turned to God and began attending church, even though she knew her family would disapprove. Six years ago, her father caught her leaving a church service and, since then, Salma has been banned from leaving the house.
Salma told SAT-7’s viewer support team, "My parents hate me. They don’t even eat with me. They force me to stay at home. I don’t go anywhere, not even to school. They call me ‘faithless’ but I don’t care about that."
However, in the face of this opposition and isolation as a believer, Salma holds on to her resolute faith in God and draws strength from SAT-7 programmes. She even engages her family in conversation about the programmes, trying to present the gospel to them.
PRAY: for isolated believers like Salma who are unable to attend church or fellowship with other believers. Pray that they will be strengthened by God’s word to endure their situations, witness to those around them and draw closer to the Saviour.
*name changed, image for illustrative purposes.
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