It’s Monday… again, and instead of dragging my feet and feeling sorry for myself that I have to start the busyness of the week, I will start in prayer. God has put on my heart to start praying for persecuted Christian mothers and families across the world. While I am on my comfy couch with my coffee in hand whining about the weekend being over, other mothers are praising God and raising there voices in worship even in the most devastating circumstances. Circumstances that we cannot imagine from our couches.
Each Monday, I am going to share a story of a persecuted mother, child or family that is being helped by an organization called Voice of the Martyrs (VOM). If you have never heard of this organization, they were started by Richard Wurmbrand, author of Tortured for Christ. I encourage you to look them up and subscribe to their printed newsletter. I share in hopes that God will stir an awareness and continual passion to pray for the persecuted. I may not be able to take physical action to help but I can take action in prayer. We can take action in prayer. Today on this Monday, my least favorite day of the week, I choose to remember and pray for my fellow brothers and sisters who are being brutally persecuted for loving Christ, and I invite you to join me.
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people (1 Timothy 2:1)
Today, please join me in prayer for praying for a woman named Luz. She is from Colombia and is being hunted by her husband’s killer who is part of a group called FARC. They are a brutal guerrilla terrorist group who have been trying to take over by violent force for years. Luz’s husband was a pastor and was abducted and dismembered in 2007, leaving her with newborn twins and a 2 year old. One of her husband’s killers was released in 2015 and is on the hunt to find Luz and her children who are now 7 (twins) and 9. She has been relocated two times by VOM since his release. She is a woman of hope in Christ and has an outlook that I pray to gain.
“I’m not scared even knowing this man is looking for me specifically. I don’t feel fear because I know God.” -Luz
As a wife and mother, I cannot imagine the pain this woman has felt. What she has had to work through with God to give her a peace of living in such a dangerous place, protecting her children alone. I cannot imagine the thought of being hunted by a killer. My heart has a heaviness for this woman who has more courage, more faith, and more hope than I do on my best day. And I will pray for her. I will pray that she will be filled with more. More of all God has, and as I pray for her and her children, I will pray that my eyes would stay opened to see what I have. I have safety, I have healthy children, and I have the opportunity to pray freely for Luz from the comfort of my livingroom. I will pray boldly and with conviction because this woman is His daughter. She is my sister and is in need of prayer so that heaven may touch down on her so that she would not grow weary.
If Mondays are hard for you, I invite you to join me in taking a new stand on this day. Let us change our view from the beginning of busyness, to the beginning of a bold day of prayer. Our prayers are powerful and are needed. It is so easy to forget that the world is bigger than ourselves. That an evil we cannot imagine really exists. There are real Christians, everyday being persecuted and brutalized for their faith. There are mothers, just like you, who wake up on Mondays with dirt on their feet, but peace in their hearts. Pray for Luz’s peace to stand firm, and pray that you would know that this peace is for you today also.
Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. (Jeremiah 29:12)
*All information about Luz and quotes from Luz are from The Voice of the Martyrs printed newsletter from April 2016, pages 4 and 5.