Today, more than 360 million Christians around the world live in places where they face persecution. This includes harassment, detention, legal restrictions, violence and even death for their faith in Jesus.
The Bible tells us that we should pray for those who are mistreated as if we ourselves are mistreated (Heb. 13:3) and that if one member of the body suffers, we all suffer (1 Cor. 12:26).
For more than two decades, the World Evangelical Alliance has organised the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP), as a global event that unites millions of Christians in prayer for the persecuted Church.
Annually, the IDOP is observed on either the first or second Sunday of November, depending on your convenience and choice.