After various trials, I was once asked to go to the secretary of the county, an evil man, a committed Communist. My wife said, "It will be a miracle of God if you come back safe." The "comrade" party official made me wait for an hour in the hallway for him, after which I was told he wanted to see me now. I prayed (again); "Lord please go in first. I am afraid to go without you."
The official was sitting behind his desk. "I could have sent you to prison for what you have done, but I wanted to see you first," he started. "You were in Cluj and you preached without permission." I realized immediately what he was referring to. I had indeed preached to the students of the university in Cluj. I had encouraged them to remain faithful in the week ahead. I had spoken about courage because they had been threatened with dismissal from the university if they continued to believe in God. I told the party official that it was my duty to preach the Word. He started to threaten me. Strange, the more he threatened me the more God’s peace flowed into my heart. I was sitting there, full of peace, rejoicing in the opportunity to be threatened for my faith in Christ.
Suddenly, the official realized that he could not frighten me. "Are you not afraid?" he asked. I just said, "No." Then he added, "Do you have anything else to say?" I said, "Yes" ... and I told him my testimony and that God loved him too. I saw him lowering himself behind the desk and he asked me to pray for his soul also. How great Thou art.
One of the things that struck me in this was his faith! Its true if you ask God will answer! Its amazing how God works! This past week I read Matthew 7:7-8 "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and he door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."
I would like you today just to take a second and ask God for help and peace in what ever you are doing. He is waiting.
I would also like you to please remember our persecuted brothers and sisters in you prayers. My sister read me a heart wrenching story out of the Voice of the Martyrs prayer calendar for 2010.
"Luz was pregnant with twins when she and her husband,Diego, felt led to start a church in a dangerous village in Colombia. Friends told them it was to dangerous. But they wanted to serve God, so they went. Just 15 days later, Diego went out to buy a microphone for church and never came back. His body was found two days later, cut into 30 pieces and stuffed in a plastic trash bag. Now Luz must support her young children all by herself. 'In these moments, it is only God who has given me strength, because truly it's been very hard,' Luz said. 'God gives me strength to go on.'"
Please pray for them! It isn't fake! If you would like to learn more visit Voice of the Martyrs website here
In Christ who saves,
P.S. If you would like us to pray for you just let us know!