Weekly Watch Focus: Purim—Pray God's Deliverance for His Persecuted People

FRIDAY, March 15, 2014  This is the time that believing Jews celebrate the festival of Purim on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar (March 16, 2014). It commemorates the amazing deliverance God brought to the Jewish people in ancient Persia from Haman’s plot “to destroy, kill, and annihilate all the Jews, young and old, infants and women, in a single day. Esther and Mordecai convinced all the Jews to repent, fast, and pray to God for their salvation. The same murderous spirit of Haman that sought to destroy God’s people in ancient Persia is actively roaming the earth targeting Jews and Christians today. Iran is developing nuclear weapons, hoping to aim them at Israel. Anti-Semitism is rampant in the West, poisoning our educational systems, government, and the media. At the same time, persecution of Christians has increased. The number of Christian martyrs last year doubled over the previous year globally. Oppression of Christians continues in Syria, Nigeria, Pakistan, Iran, and other Muslim nations. In North Korea, thirty-three Christians were sentenced to death last week.
May we be inspired by Esther and Mordecai in prayer and fasting. Let us bind back the hate-filled spirit of Haman and anti-Christ. Bless Israel and pray for our persecuted Christian brothers and sisters. Pray for pastors, priests, and the families of leaders in prison. May the Lord who delivered the Jews in Persia once again deliver and protect His people. Pray for and bless the organizations involved in assisting the persecuted such as Christian Aid, Voice of the Martyrs, World Vision, and Samaritan’s Purse.

Esther 4:14, “For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
Gen. 12:3, “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
Heb. 13:3, “Remember the prisoners as if chained with them—those who are mistreated—since you yourselves are in the body also.”
Matt. 5:10-12, “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
Rom. 8:36, ““For Your sake we are killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”
2 Cor. 2:10, “Now whom you forgive anything, I also forgive. For if indeed I have forgiven anything, I have forgiven that one for your sakes in the presence of Christ.”


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