Jeremiah 37, 38; Weep And Pray

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Filth
Pain
Wet
Dark
Moldy
Hungry
Thirsty
Feverish
Beaten
Chained
Flea-bitten
Dirty
Wretched
Smelly
Rats
Cold
Bleeding

Many of these conditions, and often more horrible than these, are commonplace for persecuted Christians around the world. Their crimes? Most often they are persecuted for speaking the truth about Jesus and disagreeing with those who do not believe in Him.

In chapter 37 of Jeremiah, the weeping prophet was traveling out of the city of Jerusalem to avoid the coming siege of the Babylonians when he was arrested and thrown into prison. Eventually he was freed, but not for long. Very shortly he was thrown into the bottom of a deep, muddy dungeon. Sunken into terrible mud for many days and nights, with no dry clothes to wear, no dry bed to sleep in, with possibly very little food and water, he languished until he was expected die at any time. Mercifully, some strong, compassionate men drew him out of the pit but, ironically, he remained in the city prison during the long siege of which he had faithfully prophesied.

His crime was speaking the truth.

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2014 is a dark hour for millions of Christians around the world who are arrested, tortured, killed and mutilated because they are spiritually free through Jesus Christ, and bravely share the truth about His saving love.

What can we do for our brethren?

1. PRAY
2. LET THEM KNOW YOU ARE PRAYING.
3. JOIN HANDS TO PETITION THEIR RELEASES
4. SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS WHO ADVOCATE FOR THEM.
5. SPREAD THE WORD AS FAR AND WIDE AS YOU ARE ABLE TO.

Below is a list of reputable organizations dedicated to helping the persecuted:

Voice of the Persecuted

Open Doors International

The American Center for Law and Justice

Be Heard Project

Gospel For Asia

The following are excellent humanitarian organizations who also commit to caring for those who are suffering persecution.

Samaritan’s Purse

Christian Aid Ministries

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