From her very beginning, the church has faced persecution in various forms and through various means. In our modern times, the church in China meets in secret. Elsewhere, in opposition to government demands to stop meeting during COVID, some pastors have been jailed, with freedom offered if they agree to stop preaching.
In Acts we read about the earliest persecution against the church. Fresh from being arrested for proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Peter and John are released with orders to stop speaking in the name of this Jesus. But rather than sink into despair, Peter and John returned to the church, turning instead to the Lord in prayer.
The message for the church today is the same. In times of persecution, we find comfort, together with the church, calling upon the Lord in prayer.
Thank you for listening to today's lesson. May the Lord bless you and comfort you through His Word.