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In Nigeria, Pastor Selchun’s right hand was brutally cut off by Muslim extremists. Lying dead around him were other pastors and friends: 300 in total.

When Pastor Selchun’s hand fell to the ground he lifted the other and sang boldly:

“He is Lord, He is Lord!

He is risen from the dead, and He is Lord.

Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.”

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Example to follow
Pastor Selchun demonstrated his faith in Jesus in the most courageous way. He had just witnessed his friends being murdered and knew he could be next. He could have easily denied Christ and possibly saved his life. Instead he sang a song of praise to Jesus!

Like many testimonies we hear from persecuted Christians, Pastor Selchun is an example for us to follow. He reminds us to continue to look to Jesus and remember that He died and rose from death for us. When trouble comes we can therefore sing, like Pastor Selchun, “He is Lord, He is Lord.”

To do this requires devotion to prayer, which the Apostle Paul recognised. He said, “pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the Gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should” (Ephesians 6:19-20).

Reflect
Will you pray the Apostle Paul’s prayer for yourself and for our persecuted family?

What Christian song helps you through difficult times?

Like Pastor Selchun, have you recognised what was achieved on the cross? What impact does this have on your life?

Action
In the second week of November, join Christians around the world in praying for our persecuted brothers and sisters.

International Day of Prayer

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