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Pray God that your flight is not in winter

Why pray God? We live in a comfortable, protective environment. We can participate in our social life, have our saying in politics, get a proper education and a decent job and get home where our family awaits and our basic needs are amply met and many whims conveniently pampered. We are well regarded in society, our rights as citizens are unalienable and future looks bright. On top of that, we are Christians, so we get to enjoy this life and the next. That’s the reality of Christendom, isn’t it? No. Hundreds of millions of Christians around the world today are currently suffering persecution for their faith. Most often persecution takes the form of imprisonment, abuse, and hostilities. In some cases, however, Christians are asked to face more than scorn, prison, or the loss of health—they are asked to face death. For these brothers and sisters life could easily end today, so when they pray God they know that He will either answer to them in prayer now, or talk to them face to face later.

Pray God, time is coming
Our lives are not in peril now as it is happening in most of the world for millions of fellow Christians, but that could soon be over. There was no indication or prophecy regarding the suffering of those who went into the gas chamber, but we know that many Christians ended their lives there. A time is coming when our faith will be put to the test. As it was with the Jews in Jesus’ time, the situation around us may change dramatically and we will need to take the same advice that Jesus gave His disciples: “pray God that your flight is not in winter”. Pray God to lessen the trial and hinder the fierce hand of Satan when he will stir up those around us to persecute the sons and daughters of the Mighty King. We know that the battle is won and God shelters those who trust in His name, but in every battle there are losses.

Pray God in the manner of the saints of old
Our Lord Jesus knew what His disciples would have to face in this world, but He didn’t recoil when it was His turn to suffer in the cross. We read how he has to pray God regarding those

who would believe in His name in John 17:15,16 “I do not pray for You to take them out of the world, but for You to keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world”. Indeed, we are not of this world, but that does not mean that the world can’t get to us. We have been left here as light and salt of the Earth, but a day will come when our witness will set us apart and mark us for the slaughterhouse. In those moments we will pray God in the manner of the saints of old, and the heavens will open to greet us.