Daily Courage - October 26

  • 2021 26 Oct

from Day by Day with the Persecuted Church

Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. (Luke 22:31, 32)

Pastor Samuel Lamb

During the sixteenth year of my imprisonment something dramatic happened. All the prisoners - Christian and non-Christians - were called together to have a session of so-called self-criticism. Some Buddhists were asked to criticize Buddhism - others were asked to criticize Confucius. I was asked to criticize Christ.

I quickly prayed to God. "Sir, I cannot criticize or deny my God. He is the way, the truth and the life."

"Criticize" the man shouted, "it will benefit you." I thought: Will I be released after sixteen years instead of after twenty years? It would save me four years of hard labor. But then I thought: If I criticize Christ to come out of jail four years early, the sixteen years in jail would all have been in vain. I was trembling. Freedom so near - temptation so real.

Then the Scripture I mentioned came to my mind, "Be alert, your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith..." (1 Peter 5:8). I also thought of Peter, who boasted in himself ... and fell. "O Lord, keep my faith" I cried. If Peter denied Him three times, I could easily deny Him thirty times, three hundred times. Thank God, He heard my prayer. In those twenty years in jail I have not denied the Lord once, not because I was so strong - but because the Lord protected me.

Praise be to Him and to Him alone. "I have prayed for you." Thank you Jesus.

Writer for the month - Samuel Lamb from China. This noted pastor was in prison for over 20 years. He is still under great pressure from the authorities. Hundreds attend his so-called House Church, especially young people. His story is available in a book Bold as a Lamb published by Zondervan, 1991.

Copyright [C] 1995 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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