They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Acts 2:42
These verses about the early church remind us that God calls us to make regular prayer part of our lifestyle as Christians: and not just prayer by ourselves. The inclusion of prayer after two examples of gathering in community (fellowship and the ‘breaking of bread’: group meals or maybe communion) infer a connection between prayer and gathering together with other Christians. Corporate prayer, then, is an important part of Christian life.
These verses have seemed especially relevant as CSW partners with Aid to the Church In Need for #RedWednesday on 28 November (this coming Wednesday), a chance for Christians all over the world to join in prayer for those being persecuted for their faith. Buildings will light up red in a visual sign of solidarity, and there will be special prayer-centred events to mark the occasion.
If you’re free on Wednesday, come and join us in London for our #RedWednesday event! There’ll be speakers and a prayer walk, followed by a special service in Westminster Cathedral. Can’t make it? Hold your own prayer event! Read more here.
Whatever you do for #RedWednesday, please pray this week with us for people who are suffering because of their faith.
In summary, please pray:
- For the MPs who will come to Parliament Square on Wednesday, and that the event goes smoothly and is fruitful.
- For real breakthroughs as we join together in prayer on this special day.
Prayer Diary: Mexico
Many criminal groups view church leaders, both Catholic and Protestant, and their influence, as a threat to their power. In remote communities the majority religious group often believes it is their right to enforce religious belief and practice, and will attempt to force minority religions to conform to the faith and traditions of the majority. Furthermore, a culture of impunity in the local and federal governments means that justice can often be extremely slow in arriving.
Sunday 25 November
Religious leaders often take on the role of human rights defenders: however, this comes at a cost. Thirty-three religious leaders were killed between November 2013 and July 2018. Pray God’s protection over Mexico’s religious leaders today.
Monday 26 November
On 23 May two members of the Seventh Day Adventists (Iglesia Adventista) were arrested in San Miguel Chiptic, where local officials have attempted to force members of the Iglesia Adventista from their homes. Thank God for their subsequent release.
Tuesday 27 November
As many members of the Iglesia Adventista in San Miguel Chiptic have had their homes destroyed, or been forced to leave them, please pray that God would protect them and that the authorities would take strong action against the perpetrators.
Wednesday 28 November
On RedWednesday, a day where we join with Catholic organisation Aid to the Church in Need in prayer and action, let’s pray God’s protection over Mexico’s Catholic priests. Mexico is currently the most dangerous country in the world to be a priest.
Thursday 29 November
Our Faith and a Future campaign has highlighted the fact that many children belonging to minority religious groups are frequently barred from attending school by local leaders, in an effort to pressure their parents to join the majority faith. Today, pray that every child in Mexico has access to the education they deserve.
Friday 30 November
Many of the cases we’re working on have been ongoing for a long time. Pray that God would continue to grant perseverance and endurance to our Latin America advocacy team, and that their faithful patience would be rewarded with justice served and freedom delivered.
Saturday 1 December
Lord God, today we commit the nation of Mexico to you. You know how long some of the people we’ve been working with have waited for justice: grant it to them soon, we pray. Amen.