Prayer for Persecuted Christians

Thank you, O Lord, for redeeming us from the hand of the adversary and gathering us from the far corners of the earth. We bow before you now, asking that you have mercy on your people who are persecuted and afflicted around the world – those who have heeded the call of Jesus to take up their Cross daily and follow him. Their path has been difficult, full of trials and hardships. Yet they refuse to deny their Lord. As they partake of the sufferings of Christ, we know they are also partaking of the comfort You provide. Please work out your will in their lives. Stand by them and strengthen them as you did Paul, so they can earnestly say, “Your will be done.”

We have read of the rescue of Peter from prison and know that you can turn the heart of any government official, including those with authority to release your people from prison. Father, you rescued Peter in response to the prayers of the Church. We now ask you to do the same for your disciples everywhere who have been imprisoned because they preach Christ. Deliver your messengers from the hands of the executioners so that through them, your message will be fully proclaimed to every people group on earth.

We have also read of your servant, Stephen, who was stoned to death. We know that many others since that day have been executed because they would not deny their faith. For those in our generation who will suffer this same fate, we ask, Lord, that you will strengthen their faith so they can say with Paul, “To die is gain.” Expand their vision, O God, so that they see what Stephen saw: Jesus standing at your right hand.

Let those of us who now pray to you follow the lead of your persecuted ones, pick up our Crosses daily, and follow your Son, in whose precious name we pray. Amen.

Published in REFLECTIONS Christian Inspirational Magazine Online.

Copyright © 2006, Star Ferdinand

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