An International day of prayer to be held for the persecuted Christians worldwide.
According to details, an international day of prayer for the persecuted church will be observed on November 1. This year, special emphasis could be laid on Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi, who is on death row. On this day, Christians all around the world will be praying specially for Asia Bibi.
Previously, special prayers were offered for an American missionary Kenneth Bae, who was imprisoned in North Korea. As a result of this special prayer day, North Korean authorities released the Christian missionary. Kenneth Bae, was imprisoned since the Korean war.
International Day of Prayer is intended to raise prayerful responsiveness to such circumstances where Christians anywhere in the world face persecution, such Christians are remembered in prayers while the most terrible instances of global persecution are lifted up in prayer. Every year, an International day of prayer is held in mid-November. November, is traditionally associated with remembering the Christian martyrs and saints of the church.
Prominent Christian organisations like the World Evangelical Alliance and Open Doors, will be hosting a webcast which will relay interviews of persecuted Christians from Iraq, Kenya, and North Korea. Recent years have marked an increased trend in persecution of Christians. Christianity is the most persecuted religion in the world.
There are reports, that Christians all over world have been the subjected to extreme persecution on the basis of religion. The church’s position is insecure in various parts of North and West Africa, Asia and the Middle East. It has been speculated that Christianity is expected to be wiped out completely in Iraq and Syria in coming next five years.
A report from the U.S. State Department in its report states about persecution of Coptic Christians: “There have been some convictions of perpetrators of violence against Copts, although impunity from prosecution for such crimes remains a serious problem. The new Egyptian constitution provides increased human rights protections as compared to the previous constitution, including a stipulation of equality before the law irrespective of religion.”
“It also requires that parliament pass a new law facilitating the construction and renovation of Christian churches, which is without precedent, and provides for the establishment of an anti-discrimination commission to eliminate all forms of discrimination.”