Give them the grace to forgive, so that they may be free from carrying the bondage of hatred. We stand with them and acknowledge You, Jesus, as the One to whom every knee shall one day bow. We rejoice with them in the knowledge that this world is not our home and that there will come a day when every tear is wiped away. We look forward to that day along with them. Psalm 147:3, Matthew 5:4, Matthew 6:14-15, Luke 23:33-34, Acts 7:59-60, 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, Philippians 2:5-11, Hebrews 13:14, Revelation 21:4,
God, we hold up the persecutors before You now and ask that You would remember the persecutor, Saul. Your mercy overcame Him and as You converted Him, You gave us Paul - a great gift to the Church. We pray that those like Saul will come to know You, God, through the suffering of those they are persecuting. We pray that complete transformation would occur by Your Spirit, and that they would be made willing to suffer for the name of Jesus as laborers of Your Kingdom. Matthew 5:43-48, Luke 6:27-28, Luke 23:33-34,
We pray for our brothers and sisters facing persecution. We know that You number our days. We remember the way You opened prison doors for Your saints. We remember their song in the night. We ask for Your mighty and full deliverance until the time of Your return. We remember the way You walked through angry crowds until Your time had come. Like You, Jesus, when the time comes, we ask for Your strength and courage to not give in or waver even if facing brutality or imprisonment. We pray that their spirit would not be broken, their faith would stand strong, and that Your Holy Spirit would rise up in them.
Give them joy in their homegoing with no fear or shrinking back. Give them grace to finish well. We ask for Your light to shine forth; and that Your name, Jesus, would be ever on the lips of Your saints. We pray that the life they sow would yield a great harvest and reward. We praise You as The Way, The Truth, and The Life. Matthew 5:10-12, Matthew 26:38-39, Luke 4:28-30, Luke 22:15, John 8:48-59, John 14:6, John 15:20-21, John 16:33, John 21:15-19, Acts 6:8-7:60, Acts 12:1-19, Acts 16:16-40, Ephesians 6:19-20 Colossians 4:2-4, Hebrews 10:32-34, Hebrews 11:35-40, 1 Peter 4:13
We pray for the Church in America and around the world. We ask for faithfulness and resolve to stand with those in persecution. We pray for revival. We confess our sin and ask You to forgive us. We acknowledge that we have not been mindful of the hour in which we live. We have been selfish and blind. Where we have claimed our lives are Yours, we have nevertheless lived them as our own. We humble ourselves at the foot of the cross of Jesus Christ. We ask for Your healing, power, and grace to obey. We ask for unity. We stand with You, Jesus, and give our lives to You all over again. We ask for grace to live well and die well, and that from the rising of the sun to it’s going down, we would be found faithful and You would be ever praised. 2 Chronicles 7:14, Psalm 51:10, James 4:6-10, 2 Timothy 3:1-5, 1 John 1:9
We pray for those in places of authority and government and ask that You would embolden them to protect innocent lives. That they would not be afraid to carry out holy and swift judgment to rout out evil. We ask that You would give them clear eyes, super-natural wisdom, discernment, understanding, and knowledge. Help them to embrace responsibility and act. We pray that the fear of You, the One True God would keep them moving to decree, promote, and work righteousness. Psalm 146:5-7, Romans 13:1-4,
Hebrews 11:32-34, 1 Peter 2:13-14
HEAR OUR PRAYER
Jennie Lee Riddle, Todd Smith
The group Selah just released their song, "People of The Cross" about the persecuted church. It's a powerful call for all of us to stand strong and to not forget those who are enduring great persecution. The prayer below the video can even be used as a Bible study.
In February, I wrote a blog post called, "CrISIS of Faith." I included what our message in response should be, what God's response is, and a link to a pdf file on praying for the persecuted church. If you haven't read it, I encourage you to read it.