A BAPTIST scholar and activist has responded positively to the Pope’s plea for suffering believers across the globe – by setting his own alarm to pray daily for them. Former Texas pastor Dr Jim Denison referred to Pope Francis I’s recent request for people to speak out against the persecution of Christians. “According to the Pope, more Christians are suffering from discrimination and violence today than in the early centuries of Christian history”, he wrote on his website “Denison Forum”.
Realising that some of the readers of his ‘Cultural Commentary’ include those living in 28 countries where Christians are under threat, he concluded: “I must begin praying passionately each day for persecuted Christians.”
He added, “Acts 1:8 states we will be Jesus’ witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. So I have set an alarm on my phone for 1:08pm. Each day it will call me to intercede for fellow believers who are being persecuted for following Jesus.”