Were you aware that there was a day recently set aside to pray for Christians in Turkey? I missed it too. Several years ago I had an incredible experience in Turkey to include a powerful time of prayer and fellowship with some Turkish Christian women. To be a Christian in their country is not an easy thing. (We had to change the location of our meeting three times in order to not arouse suspicion.) I left that nation so full of love for those women and burdened for their plight I knew I would never forget to pray for them. But, I have forgotten. And I am saddened by this fact.
The Official Day of Prayer for Turkey
April 18 is the international day of prayer for the church in Turkey. On this day in 2007, three Turkish Christians were brutally murdered for no other reason than actively living out their lives as followers of Christ.
While I was in Turkey I had the opportunity to view the rich Christian heritage of that little nation. I visited the location of the seven churches in the Book of Revelation and was humbled and inspired by visiting the catacombs in Cappadocia where early Christians worshipped to escape persecution. So much of our scriptures were written from this land and yet today Christians are believed to make up only 0.3 per cent of the population.
The catacombs of Cappadocia
Today is the day…tomorrow too
While I appreciate a day set aside to bring prayer needs to the forefront, I don’t want to have to have them to remember. It’s May 18, a month later than the ‘official’ prayer day, and I am praying for the Christians of Turkey today. I’m asking the Lord to remind me to consistently and regularly pray on their behalf. He has been doing just that as the faces of those dear women in our secret circle of prayer have been in my mind and heart of late. I pray they and others like them are strengthened by the power of the Holy Spirit to live their lives in a way that would bear much fruit.
A few photos from my trip with accompanying prayers
May they be an open door that no one can shut, keeping his Word and not denying His name. (Rev. 3:8)
Make them a pillar as they overcome. Write on them the name of God. (Rev 3:12)
May they shine as your light and be a city on a hill that cannot be hidden. (Matthew 5:14)