Two recent news releases from China Aid Association (CAA ) document a shocking escalation of persecution in China. There seems (to RLP) to be a direct correlation between increasing Russian-Chinese-Central Asian solidarity and growing persecution of unsanctioned Protestant Christians in those states. The dictators are uniting to protect their totalitarian regimes through alliances that reduce the influence and leverage of Western human rights and religious liberty advocates. Furthermore, China is systematically strengthening its assault on 'cults' (which includes house churches) through ideological training of cadres. These are very concerning developments. But God is in control of his-story for his glory! So we will confidently and dependently approach his 'throne of grace' (Hebrews 4:14-16).
I admit that my praying for other countries is spotty, including persecuted Christians in some of these nations (I've been trying to follow Operation World's daily prayer calendar). Although there is a place for discipline and scheduling, I don't think merely trying harder is the answer (at least, not for me). Rather, I need to confess my lack of compassion and seek grace to pray fervently and faithfully. How do you maintain a passion in praying for the nations?
(HT for China news: Christian Persecution Blog).