Christians around the world will observe the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) either this Sunday (November 3) or on November 10, with more than half a million churches in 150 nations participating, the Christian Post website reports today (November 2, 2013).
Jerry Dykstra -- director of media relations for "Open Doors USA" -- said that prayer is the "number one request" of believers in persecuted nations, and even those who are the persecuted are praying for Christians in other nations.
For example, Christians in Nigeria pray for other persecuted believers in the Middle East, said Dykstra. A century ago, about 20 percent of the population in North Africa and the Middle East was Christian, according to Open Doors, but Christ-followers now make up only four percent of the population there due to persecution.
"The point is that in some of our lifetimes we could see almost no Christians in the Middle East," said Dykstra. "It's possible... Are we going to let this happen on our watch?"