November 17 is known as the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, also called the November 17 Prayer. On this day, Christians around the world come together in prayer to lift up their fellow believers who are facing persecution and suffering for their faith. The day serves as a reminder that although we may be separated by distance and language, we are all united in our love for Christ and our commitment to stand with our persecuted brothers and sisters. It is a time to pray for the safety and protection of those who are being targeted for their beliefs, as well as for the strength and courage of those who are enduring persecution. The November 17 Prayer is an opportunity for Christians to come together and show support for the persecuted church, reminding us of the power of prayer and the importance of standing in solidarity with our fellow believers.
Please read the prayers below which will provide guidance for November 17 Prayer. May God Bless You!
November 17 Prayer 1
Lord our God,
You are our refuge. We wait for you, for your purpose will never fail and your promise will be fulfilled. This we may firmly believe, and from this we may draw strength every day. Even when our life brings sorrow, we do not want to grieve. We want to hope and believe and endure until your day comes. Your kingdom will come on earth, and in the meantime you are watching over your people. In the midst of the world’s daily affairs there will be people who hope in you, who belong to you, and who are firmly rooted in the grace of Jesus Christ until the time is fulfilled.
November 17 Prayer 2
I give you praise and honor for who you are. I fear you because you are the Almighty God who created the whole universe. I, therefore, live in awe and total submission to You. Help me overcome the fear that wants to sabotage my life and the gift and purpose which You have called me to.
November 17 Prayer 3
Dear Saint Anthony,
Your prayers obtained miracles during your lifetime. You still seem to move at ease in the realm of minor and major miracles. Saint Anthony, Performer of Miracles, please obtain for me the blessings God holds in reserve for those who serve Him. Pray that I may be worthy of the promises my Lord Jesus attaches to confident prayer.
November 17 Prayer 4
You know who is on our hearts today. We name out these people before you who have not accepted You as Savior… Jesus, would you reveal Yourself to them in fresh ways? Would you break the chains in their lives and set them free from the burden and bondage of sin? Would you open their eyes to their personal need for forgiveness and a Savior? Would you remove the voices that go against Your truth and replace them with the words of Your love and hope from the Bible? Protect them from the continuous attacks of the enemy to hold them to his eternal destiny. Father, we plead that you would change their eternal trajectory and that they would be in heaven with us one day. We cannot force the gospel on them, we entrust them to Your loving care.
November 17 Prayer 5
God is full of love to all who call: let us give thanks and praise! Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever.
November 17 Prayer 6
As your Spirit moved over the chaos to give light and life to our world, send that same spirit around and through us today to awaken what has withered within. We confess that we move as automatons amid the hours, giving only a rare nod to the glory that you have placed so near. Leaves smile and sparkle, birds offer you praise, supple moss softens the footpath, pansies bow their heads as the wind calls your name. Awaken us from our stupor! Help us relinquish our dreams of another life, for in so many ways, we are already living the dream.
November 17 Prayer 7
Who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever.
November 17 Prayer 8
The Great Way Maker, please continue to make a way for our children in all their endeavours in Jesus’ name. Our children will never know shame because of Your love in Jesus’ name.