"The persecution of Christians in the Islamic world is on its way to reaching epidemic proportions," wrote Raymond Ibrahim, with the David Horowitz Freedom Center and Middle East Forum. He continued, "In Egypt, a Christian student was strangled and beaten to death by his Muslim teacher and fellow students for refusing to cover his cross. When the headmaster was informed of the attack in progress, he ignored it and 'continued to sip his tea.' "
"In Somalia, a 17-year-old was decapitated for converting to Christianity the previous week."
"And, in Pakistan, a Christian mother of four was slaughtered by a Muslim colleague in Pakistan after she resisted his attempt to rape her at the factory where they worked."
Such is the world of Islam. On her website, www.ArabsForIsrael.com, Nonie Darwish writes, "Crimes done by Muslims against other Muslims who are considered apostates should alert the American public of what is coming to American streets if Muslims start increasing in numbers. The dirty little secret of Islamic hate and intolerance is clear... and no one in the media cares to expose it and alert the American people."
Father, I would pray for the peace of Jerusalem, for those who are the apple of Your eye, in light of the promises You have made to the people of Israel. Praise to Your Name for the ways You have shown Yourself strong on their behalf through the centuries, even to the present day, in utter faithfulness. I plea that our nation would wholeheartedly love Your people, pray for them, and obey Your Word's commands related to the nation upon which You have set Your heart.
For brothers and sisters persecuted for their faith in You, Lord Jesus, I would also intercede... Your Word promises "all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted." As the times grow closer to Your return, the intensity of such treatment will increase... be pleased to grant grace to Your children to be faithful when needed most. Your Word tells us that the death of your godly ones is precious in Your sight... thank You for providing just what we need at the very moment it's required. May we live and die in a manner worthy of You, Lord Jesus. In Your Name, I plea, Amen.