I truly believe that we are living in the end of the age. I know, I know, we Christians have been saying that for over 2000 years. And in all honesty, the end of the age has been here since the Ascension of our Lord and Savior, Yehushua. But I mean even more so than that. I believe that these are really the last few years (months?) of this evil world as we know it. I believe that The Anti-Christ is here, alive and ready to step in to the role that Yahuah created for him at the beginning of time. That being said, I do not believe that Satan knows when “the end” is going to come. So, I think that Satan has had someone in each generation ready to step in at a moment’s notice to attempt to steal away the Glory of God and of The Lion of Judah! I truly believe that we can look back in history and see a man in each era/generation that is so evil that only Satan could be molding him. Take Hitler . . . how about Nero . . . Antiochus . . . the list goes on and on. Anyway, I digress from my original quest: how to pray for the persecuted Christians in Kenya. Islamic radical Jihadists killed over 140 Christian students today at a University in Kenya. Most of those were men . . . over 300 others, mostly women, are missing. We, here in America, are somewhat isolated from this pain & torture. However, my heart is heavy and broken for these who are being persecuted. We know that as Christians, we WILL face hate and persecution. Peter said in 1 Peter 4:12 “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you.” and then in verse 16 he says “Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.” Jesus Himself told us in John 15:18 “If the world hates you, know that it hated Me before it hated you.” and in verse 20 He says “Remember the word that I said to you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you.” Persecution is coming to America. For now though, it is still just words . . . difficult words . . . but mostly still words. In Africa, the Middle East, Muslim countries, the persecution comes in the form of death. So, how do we pray for these persecuted Christians?

Did you know that Kenya is ranked #19 in countries where Christians face the most persecution (www.opendoorsusa.org). At the moment, Christians in Kenya are facing persecution from two fronts, the secularist government and from radical Muslims and militants, most crossing the border from Somalia. The Jihadi faction in Kenya is al-Shabaab. They were the ones who carried out the massacre today, 4/2/15, at the Kenyan University.

The Persecuted Church

Here are some prayer points to consider as you pray for Kenya & their Christians:

  • That growing persecution and violence toward Christians by al-Shabaab will decrease in 2015
  • That God would enable Christian leaders to reach out to those in the Muslim community
  • For peace and comfort for the families of Christians who were killed in 2014, including 36 quarry workers murdered in December outside the city of Mandera and the families of the students massacred today.
  • Pray that God will bless Kenya with a strong and steady growth of the national economy so that all citizens will be blessed.
  • Pray against the two problems of badly formulated policies and prevalent corruption, both of which combine to adversely affect national economic growth.
  • Pray that the Church will take the lead in reaching out with concrete acts of love and compassion to the poor, including refugees and migrant workers, regardless of race or religion.
  • Pray for integrity, truth and compassion throughout the Kenyan Government
  • Pray for the positive influence of God’s people for the good of all throughout all Government departments

I got some of these prayer points from http://www.opendoorsusa.org and some from the “PRAY for KENYA” FaceBook page at http://www.facebook.com/praykenya. I hope this stirs your heart to pray for our persecuted Brothers and Sisters in Christ, not only in Kenya but across the world. Even so Lord, come quickly! We praise Your Holy Name!