I’ve often thought about how our lives would be different if we were oppressed. For the most part, we are not oppressed by the world. We live lives that are relatively free of conflict with those who do not believe the way we do. At least, I do (though I know I have found favour in the eyes of YHWH in this area).
The problem with this is that, and I’ve thought of this frequently over the past months as I watch videos of Christians being slaughtered for their faith by muslims in the middle east, I am sure that we are much more lukewarm than we would like to be.
While I do agree that we are fortunate that we live in a country where there is, for the most part, religious freedom, I do also agree that this costs us dearly in our relationship with our Messiah, and Father YHWH.
For the most part, the majority of the times when I am “persecuted” or “oppressed”, it is because of lost friends and family due to your beliefs or, if you’re fortunate, they ignore the topic all together, and nobody sees the elephant in the room. While this certainly has a cost on our lives, especially where it comes to having support and fellowship in this very difficult journey, it doesn’t cost us nearly as much as those who pay with their lives for believing in Yeshua.
So, with this in mind, allow me to offer up a prayer from my heart, which I hope you will be able to pray with:
Father, allow us to see the favour that you have bestowed upon us in that we live in largely free countries with little to no persecution for Your Name’s sake. Allow us to see that this is both a good and a bad thing, and allow us to understand that this costs us in our relationship with You. Give us the favour to continue living lives free of persecution, but to step up our game when it comes to living a life worthy of Your Name. And, if it is your will that we be persecuted in the most severe ways, grant us the strength to endure and to stand fast until the end, no matter what the cost. I pray this in the mighty Name of Yeshua HaMashiach. Amen.
I pray that this video touches your heart, in the same way that it touched mine. May we be strong in the face of adversity. May we stand when others fall. May we endure to the end, and receive our prize.