Courage from God in the midst of persecution


“The LORD of Hosts will shield them. They will destroy and conquer with sling-stones. They will drink and roar as with wine. ”

— Zechariah 9:15

Recently, a believer in our community and a friend were hiking in nearby mountains. Suddenly, they met Taliban fighters and were abducted. After about half an hour, they realized they would not make it out alive so they prayed and asked Jesus to help them.

Immediately, the believer and his friend had the courage to fight back. Like David and Goliath from the Bible, they grabbed nearby stones and threw them at the gunmen. They fought and wrestled their attackers, resulting in one being stabbed and the other being shot.

With God’s help, they managed to run away from their abductors and down the mountain, finding a police checkpoint and transportation to a hospital for medical treatment.

As they look back on this life-threatening situation, the men are praising God for how Jesus gave them the courage to fight back in that dangerous moment. For all things are possible through Christ, who strengthens us in times of need and trouble.


Join in prayer for the persecuted church through the lens of this tension- Revival in the Middle East! Rather than praying for escape from trouble, use these passages and prayer points to pray for believers risking their lives daily to see God’s kingdom expanded.

“The LORD hears His people when they call to Him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. ”

— Psalm 34:17

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. ”

— Ephesians 6:10

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. ”

— Deuteronomy 31:6

Prayer Points:

  • For God to continue to give our disciple makers His courage and endurance when faced with danger, persecution, and threats.

  • For our disciple makers to continue to keep their eyes on the Lord and obey Him in all they do and to read His word faithfully everyday.

  • For the Lord to continue to watch over our disciple makers and their families in the Middle East, who are seeking to bring His Kingdom come in restricted nations.

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