As I look around the world today, more and more Christians are being seriously persecuted because of their faith. And yes, here and now, in 2015, Christians in various parts of the world are being killed just because they are Christian.
Sometime this week, do a quick Internet search of “Christian persecution today,” and you will be amazed how our brothers and sisters in Christ are being treated around the world.
In comparison, our faith can seem like a cheap and easy faith. But I am sure that is going to change in the coming years. It is going to become more and more difficult to live out the Christian life in the midst of our modern secular society. Our faith is going to be challenged in expected and unexpected ways. Are we ready?
So this month, I would like to encourage you in two ways. First, let us expand the geography of our prayer to include Christians being persecuted around the world. Second, let us return to the ancient practice of fasting, however simply, so that through it God can strengthen us in mind, body, and spirit. If you don’t know where to start, start by simply saying no to yourself once each day.
One month of the year is already gone. Are you moving toward the goals God has placed in your heart for this year?