ABOVE: David Curry, president and CEO of Open Doors USA, appeared on CBN’s Prayer Link to talk more about International Day of Prayer 2021. CBN Prayer link airs weekly on the CBN News Channel.
The International Day of Prayer (IDOP) for persecuted Christians is Sunday 7 November.
It is a day when all believers around the world come together to lift up those who have been silenced, tortured or imprisoned for courageously sharing God’s word.
The initiative was launched more than two decades ago as a way to pray for the oppressed who constantly face violence and imprisonment for their faith.
David Curry, president and CEO of Open Doors USA, an advocacy organization for persecuted Christians around the world and creator of the annual World Watch List, encourages churches to take part in this special day of prayer.
During an interview with the CBN prayer link, Curry explained why it is important to take the time to pray for those who suffer for their faith in Christ.
“Over 340 million Christians are persecuted or oppressed because of their faith in Jesus,” Curry explained. “Some of those places like North Korea are exceptionally difficult if you get caught with the Bible, you could spend the rest of your life in prison or even lose your life.”
He continued, “Then there are other places in the world where the gospel is opposite. You may be harassed and bothered, so there are many ways people can be persecuted for their faith.”
Open Doors, which has been in existence for nearly 70 years, has teams around the world who stand with persecuted believers and help them obtain the resources they need.
“Let’s go and stay with them,” Curry said. “We don’t just fly it. We’ll hand things over to them.”
He stated that “prayer is everything” and “to pray is to actively do something to help someone else”.
Churches, small groups and families can join the International Day of Prayer by downloading the Pray for the Persecuted app to receive detailed, real-time prayer requests from persecuted Christians.
The International Day of Prayer is Sunday 7 November. The film “Sabina: Tortured for Christ” is in the selected theaters on November 8th. Click here to find out where you can see the film in your area.