“Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”
Matthew 18:19-20, a classic verse from the Holy Bible unlocks the power of agreement in prayer. Jesus tells us that when His children gather in His name and pray in agreement with each other, there is breakthrough deliverance of prayers concerning any subject. Certainly what an assurance – how loving and caring is our Omnipresent God! In fact, it is such a privilege to gather in His name and offer our prayers and petitions to Him. But what if this privilege gets questioned and you are falsely accused for the reverent prayers to your Creator?
In India, as you are reading, at this very moment – many of our brother and sisters are being persecuted for praying and gathering in His name. This is the narrative of Pastor Santosh, a precious brother of ours in Christ. Pastor Santosh runs the Khristi Kalisiya in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India, one of the deeply affected states in terms of Christian persecution.
One fine day during the lockdown phase, Persecution Relief received a call on the toll-free number 1800-1234-461, dedicated for the service of the Persecuted Christians in India. The caller was Arpit, the niece of Pastor Santosh. Arpit had raised a call for help to Persecution Relief as the local police booked Pastor Santosh under the charges of forced conversion.
Pastor Santosh got the opportunity to speak to Persecution Relief as he was being taken to the police station. Once in a month, Pastor Santosh gathers in the house of one of his old believer, Raj Bahadur, who hails from a village at Nimamau in District Barabanki of Uttar Pradesh.
As they were praying, someone from the village called the police and complained that conversion was ongoing in Raj Bahadur’s house. Police from Subeha station acted promptly on this complaint and arrested Pastor Santosh. False charges of conversion in return of money was filed against Pastor Santosh. He was held in the custody for six long hours, and later released.
Pastor Santosh glorifies God for his release and with a grateful heart acknowledges the power of prayers and intercessions lifted up for his release by the believers of his church and the Persecution Relief team. He has recently attended the Persecution Relief Online Sunday Service and was strengthened and comforted by the encouraging testimonies of the persecuted Christians across India.
Pastor Santosh’s release reminds us of the divine intervention in Peter’s release from the jail a day prior to his trial as an answer to the earnest prayers made by the Church. “So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.” Acts 12:5. Truly there is great power in prayer. When his children lift up their voices in monochord for a subject, our God in His abounding love answers all our prayers. Pastor Santosh’s release is a testimony of this.
There are many such unheard and untold narratives of persecuted brothers and sisters, who are falsely accused for serving the true God.
We urge to lift your voices for the following prayer points:
•Pray for the Protection and comfort for Pastor Santosh and his family
•Pray for Continued faithfulness of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to enable Pastor Santosh’s church grow and let many unsaved souls know Christ through him and his church
•Pray for Strengthening Persecution Relief as a Godly instrument to reach out to the persecuted in India and provide relief, comfort and prayers for the persecuted
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, as you pray, meditate on 2 Corinthians 10:3-4, “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.”
Let your prayers raise up as a pleasing aroma to our God and be the voice of the persecuted. God bless you and keep you in His faithfulness.
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