Open communication plays a key role in any relationship, and that includes our connection with God through prayer. The Prayer section of Growing Disciples is here to offer you resources and ideas that go beyond just focusing on your personal needs or those of your loved ones.
Instead of being a traditional 'lesson' on prayer, the goal of this part of the Growing Disciples course is to equip you with helpful tools, models, examples, and inspiration to broaden the horizon of your prayers. As we dive into this, we'll not only pray for the immediate concerns of our family and friends but also discover how to extend our prayers to embrace the wider world. It's all about expanding and enriching our prayer experience.
Each month we will explore the prayer needs of a particular ministry or people group, learning to pray beyond our everyday sphere. This month we pray for the Persecuted Church around the world, using the Voice of Martyrs prayer resources, available through their Pray Today app on App Store or on Google Play
The Voice of the Martyrs is a nonprofit, interdenominational missions organization that serves persecuted Christians around the world. Founded in 1967 by Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand, VOM is dedicated to inspiring believers to deepen their commitment to Christ and to fulfill His Great Commission — no matter the cost.
Open Doors is another excellent organisation seeking to mobilise Christians to pray for the persecuted church in those countries where Christians are routinely persecuted for their faith. Their regularly updated World Watch List provides current information on the most dangerous places to be a Christian. Would it surprise you to know that the most dangerous place in the world to be a Christian today is Afghanistan? Go to their website to find out more.
Want to grow further in prayer?
Eugene Peterson, “A Long Obedience in the Same Direction”.
Since Eugene Peterson wrote this spiritual formation classic more than forty years ago, hundreds of thousands of Christians have been inspired by its call to deeper discipleship. Our society is still obsessed with quick fixes. But Peterson's time-tested prescription for discipleship remains the same-a long obedience in the same direction.