For The Persecuted
We pray for our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering for Your Name's sake -
for those who have lost homes and possessions, family and friends simply because they profess faith in your Son, Jesus.
We pray for those who have been arrested, beaten, imprisoned, tortured beyond what we can even imagine, for the sake of Christ and the Gospel,
for the multitude of Christians who are in prison even now as we gather in the comfort of our church sanctuary.
Grant these Your grace that they may endure,
grant them courage that their faith would not waver;
may they remain true to the One who suffered and died for them.
Give them the assurance that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Give them love for their enemies that they might bless and not curse them,
that, in their suffering, they might testify of the love of Jesus for sinners.
May they rejoice that they are considered worthy to suffer for His name.
Give them joy in spite of their suffering,
and peace in spite of their pain,
knowing that a great reward awaits them.
We pray for their families,
that You would meet all their needs,
that they would not lose hope,
that their faith in You would remain strong.
We do pray for the release of these, Your children,
but until that day, may Your grace prevail and the
name of Jesus be glorified.
We ask this in the name of Your Son Jesus,
Who suffered and died for us. Amen.
(a prayer by monkatheart; photo by chidsey via everystockphoto.com)