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Christians urged to pray for jailed Chinese pastor

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Christians urged to pray for jailed Chinese pastor

Barnabas Fund, an aid agency which supports persecuted Christians, has launched a global initiative to pray for Pastor Wang Yi.

Pastor Wang Yi was arrested in December 2018 along with his wife, Jiang Rong, and about 100 other Chinese Christians from the Early Rain Covenant Church in the city of Chengdu in south-west China. They were reportedly detained on allegations of “inciting subversion of state power”.

Pastor Wang Yi has released a “Letter from a Chengdu jail”. In the letter he makes   statement of Christian resistance to unjust laws. He writes that he and other Christians do not seek to overthrow the state but they wish to worship freely.

Separate me from my wife and children, ruin my reputation, destroy my life and my family – the authorities are capable of doing all of these things. However, no one in this world can force me to renounce my faith,” he writes.

Barnabas Fund have called on supporters to use the following prayer in public worship and private devotions.

We praise you, Lord Jesus Christ, for the faith and boldness of Pastor Wang Yi and his willingness to suffer for your Name. Please send your Holy Spirit to strengthen him, his wife Jiang Rong, and all the members of his church, moment by moment, as they endure their time in prison. Give them the peace that you promised to your followers, the peace that the world cannot give. Please use Pastor Wang Yi during his time in prison to be a wonderful witness for you to other prisoners and to the guards. We ask, too, that all those detained will be released in your perfect timing. We pray also that the living God will touch the hearts of the Chinese authorities, causing them to realise that Christians bring harmony, compassion and love to a society. Lead them to respond positively to Pastor Wang’s letter appealing for freedom of religion in China. We ask this in the name of Christ. Amen.

 

Originally published by Barnabas Fund.