We’ve read one of Daniel’s visions of the future, where he’s seen the powerful rulers of the world and how they will treat God’s people. Sadly, all across our world today we see examples of rulers using their power to try and intimidate or destroy Christians.
A recent article gave some examples where police in Laos threw Christians out of their homes; how governors in another village told two young believers to deny their Christian faith and how a man was beaten by his family for wanting to celebrate Christmas.
Sadly, there are so many other examples I could have used.
Pray for our Christian brothers and sisters in these situations:
· That they would have confidence in the God who is really on the throne.
· That they would be allowed to practise their faith, and be able to share it with others.
· That their faithfulness would lead even those who try to harm them to turn to Jesus.
But of course, all these things aren’t distant. We can do things we know we shouldn’t out of fear for those who have power over us, because we don’t realise the great power that our God has.
Praise God that through the work of Jesus we can be confident that, “His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.” Or as we read in the New Testament, “And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” (Colossians 2:15). God has already triumphed over evil rulers.
Ask for forgiveness for all the times you have failed to trust that God really is the ruler on the throne.
Pray that in the future, however bad rulers might get, we would have faith in the God who will one day destroy all the evil of our world.