This week has been a tough week for people in the Middle East, specifically in Afghanistan. The government in Afghanistan is changing and with that change has come the loss of stability in the country. There is a lot of uncertainty, chaos, and fear. Uncertainty that the basic needs of the people won’t be met. Chaos in the streets. Fear of persecution, imprisonment and worse.
Why am I telling you this? Those suffering people are loved by God. There are many who are Christians like you and me. Hebrews 13.3 tells us “Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.”
Christians, our brothers and sisters are suffering and we need to remember them. We need to pray for them. Not only them but all the Afghan people. Below are some points we can pray through as we “Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated…”
– those in physical danger.
– those who are sick. Many people are sick and its unclear how the medical system will work under the change
– the Christians in Afghanistan. Pray for protection from persecution and strength in the coming months. Pray that they would remember their hope in Christ when all else seems hopeless
– the gospel to go out to those who don’t believe. Paul says it well in 2 Thessalonians 3.1-2: “Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men.” (2 Thes 3:1-2)