PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
July 18, 2018
On Sunday I encouraged those in worship to fast and pray for Pastor Andrew Brunson, who has been imprisoned in Turkey since October 2016 for his faith in Jesus Christ. He is being charged with terrorism, espionage, and attempting to convert Turks to Christianity. If convicted he could face up to 35 years in prison.
He will be in court for the third time TODAY (July 18th), so please seek the Lord for Andrew’s release. As you pray for Andrew, please pray for the countless others being persecuted for their faith in Jesus Christ around the world.
The following prayer is found on our denomination’s web page and on the bulletin insert we received on Sunday. I hope it is a good guide for our times of prayer:
Gracious Father, Lord of the nations,
You are the only wise and good sovereign of our times.
We praise you for Your greatness and mercy.
While we have not yet seen the answer to our prayers for Andrew’s release, we trust You still, that You are at work in ways beyond what we can see or understand.
You have invited us to come boldly into Your presence,
and so we come before Your throne of grace
asking that out of Your glorious riches You would strengthen Andrew with power through Your Spirit, so Christ may dwell in his heart by faith.
Root and establish him in love that he may grasp
how wide and long and high and deep the love of Christ is for him.
Let Your Word be a spring of living hope,
the presence of Jesus an oasis of joy, and the power of the Holy Spirit Andrew’s
constant source of wisdom and comfort.
Strengthen Andrew in body and mind.
Expose and confuse all the lies that stand against him. Break the power of evil and cause truth to prevail.
Let accusers become advocates.
Set our brother free.
Cause your gospel to spread widely.
Grant endurance and comfort to his family.
Glorify the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, by whom we pray. Amen.
The following are Scriptures to pray:
Isaiah 40:31 “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.” Isaiah 42:3 “A bruised reed He will not break, and a smoldering wick He will not snuff out. In faithfulness, He will establish justice.”
Luke 4:18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free.”
FOR ANDREW’S WIFE, NORINE:
Exodus 17:12 “When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady until sunset.”
Isaiah 40:29 “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”
FOR THE BRUNSONS’ CHILDREN (JORDAN, JACQUELINE, BLAISE):
Lamentations 3:22-23 “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning, great is Your faithfulness.”
FOR RECEP TAYYIP ERDOĞAN, PRESIDENT OF TURKEY:
Proverbs 21:1 “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord; He directs it like a watercourse wherever He pleases.”