THE CHURCH
~ THOSE PERSECUTED ~

 
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels,
that the excellency of the power may be of God,
and not of us.
We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed;
we are perplexed, but not in despair;
Persecuted, but not forsaken;
cast down, but not destroyed;
Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus,
that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
2 Corinthians 4:7-10 KJV
 
 
 
Don’t forget about those in prison.
Suffer with them as though you were there yourself.
Share the sorrow of those being mistreated,
as though you feel their pain in your own bodies.
Hebrews 13:3 NLT
 

Father God,
we plead that Your Peace flow like a river through the hearts of all confronting situations of trial and persecution for the cause of Your holy Name. We ask that You bind up broken hearts and that You use our hands to accomplish this whenever possible.
We plead that their lives overflow with miracles so that their oppressors may witness Your Power and place their trust in You.
We cry out against the forces of evil and seek Your sovereign orchestration over every detail of their destinies. Please guard and guide their every thought and action. Grant them opportunities to plant many seeds deep within fertile soils of human hearts, and may they produce a harvest ceaselessly multiplied a hundredfold!
Be near and hear their every prayer.
And Father Lord, please grant us the courage and conviction to remain faithful should we be called to suffer likewise.
May this prayer resonate before Your Throne until we stand in Your glorious Presence to love and be loved by You throughout all ages without end.


Father,
continually draw our minds to those who are tortured for Your holy Name. Break our hearts, and bind our hearts so near to them that it may be as though we are sharing their chains and their torment.
Grant us wisdom, compassion and extreme passion in our prayers for these - Your children, our brothers and sisters - through the sacrifice of Your sacred Blood. Please help us to be faithful in ministering to them through prayer and any action that may become available. In this may we partner with them and with You in the fellowship of suffering.
 
(Inspired by Hebrews 13:3 and Philippians 3:10)


Lord,
while desperate cries rise to Your Throne,
we
- Your church –
are guilty
of searching the skies
seeking to be raptured away
while so much work remains to be done.
Lord, please give us
a fresh passion and compassion for the lost.
O God,
we lay our hearts and lives upon Your Altar
and cry,
if our death by suffering and persecution
might bring just one more soul into Your glorious Kingdom
to the praise of Your holy Name,
give us the courage
to choose this pathway.
O glorious God,
please spend us until Your Work and Your Will
are complete –
until all who will
fully surrender their hearts to You,
for You desire and deserve the deepest love
and highest adoration
of all Your creation.
For Your glory and honor
may we live
and breathe
and pray…


Lord God,
do not permit us to take our faith and our religious freedom for granted. May we be continually stirred by a zeal to pray for those who are persecuted because of their love and devotion for you…
And may we stir up others to pray also…
We lift up foreign governments… our government… those separated from their families… those living in fear… those in hiding… the lonely… the dying… those enduring extreme temperatures… the oppressed… those suffering… those in chains…
And Lord Jesus, we pray that those who torment these will also surrender their hearts and lives to You because of the passionate testimony of their victims.
Please plant these all firmly within our hearts and minds that we might not sin against them and You by neglecting to pray for them.


Father,
at this time You have assigned me to a part of the world that has been blessed by freedom - not yet able to comprehend the horrors experienced by Your children in other nations - Your children suffering because of their fierce love for You. May this prayer be as a cup of cold refreshing water, strengthening them across the miles.
Lift them from the depths of despair and into Your Presence. Dry their tears and minister thoughts that grant them strength, endurance, and even joy. Wrap Your warm and tender Arms around those who are cold, and blow Your cool refreshing Spirit upon those who are in extreme heat. Bandage the wounds of those who are physically broken and mend the hearts of those that are shattered.
Lord, across the many miles, bind our hearts to one another and to You.


Father God,
I am moved by Your Love – bound in the spirit to go wherever You send me, not knowing the things that will happen to me as I walk through the moments of each day. Yet none of these things move me, nor do I count my life dear to myself so that I may finish the race You have set before me with great joy and the ministry I have received from the Lord Jesus Christ to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
May I continue to walk resolutely, innocent of the blood of all men.
Help me to never shun any opportunity to completely declare before all men the complete counsel of God.
 
(Inspired by Acts 20:22-27)


Heavenly Father and Lord,
as oppression and persecution increase, I will choose to trust in You and Your eternal Plan for Your creation. When those who choose to do evil rise against me, I will keep my eyes firmly focused on You. I am a stranger here on this earth, for my citizenship is in Your eternal Kingdom.
As leaders and nations of this world rise and their peoples face persecution and death because of Your holy Name, I cling to the Promise of Your Presence, fully understanding that You will someday hold a Universal Supreme Court, presiding as Judge over every soul. Every decision will be just. Those who were slandered and slain for Your cause will be vindicated. Their innocence and righteousness will shine as the stars in the firmament. Perfect Justice will rise and flow like a raging river washing away all who reject You, Your Son, and Your Laws, while nourishing those who remained faithful even unto death. Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that You are Lord and King. You are Alpha and Omega. All hearts will bow in reverent fear of Your dreadful Power, radiant Majesty, perfect Holiness, magnificent Wisdom, and infinite Love. Oh God, how I long to labor with all diligence  to lead as many as will into Your Eternal Presence and Love.
 
(Inspired by Psalm 37:6)


As Mary, we present ourselves as Your servants. Let it be to us according to Your Word, Your Will for our lives…
 
(Inspired by Luke 1:38)


Father God,
our hearts break as we pray for those who are suffering because of their love for You. Please grant them endurance and unyielding faith in every hardship. Provide them rest, comfort, and even joy. Plant songs of resounding praise deep within their hearts that flow as fountains watering spiritual seed, and producing an abundant harvest for Your honor and glory. Keep these near to my heart at all times, as they are so near to Yours.
By the Power of Your Holy Spirit, fulfill all Your good Intentions. May everyone give You special reverence because of these You love, and in Your Kingdom, may they receive great and special honor.
 
(Inspired by 2 Thessalonians 1)

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O Lord my God,
please give me a heart that beats with fierce, unquenchable love for my enemies, choosing always to do good to those who hate me. Show me how I may bless those who curse me, and give me a burden to prayerfully intercede on behalf of those who spitefully use me. When struck on the one cheek, grant me the courage to turn my face, offering the other cheek also. Move me to surrender to all who seek to take or borrow those things that I claim as my own – for indeed, all that I am and all that I possess truly belong to You. Help me to be the kind of person to others  that I desire them to be to me. I want to love and give, without expecting anything in return, that I might be considered a child of The Living God. Empty me of all judgment and condemnation, filling me with Truth and Mercy, that my life might be a praise and a blessing before You.
 
(Inspired by Luke 6:27-38)

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Father,
we lift up our eyes to Your heavens, and from there look down upon the earth below. The heavens will someday vanish away – as smoke. The earth You created will grow old ~ like a dingy, tattered t-shirt. All that You’ve created will die and decay in like manner. But Your Salvation stands firm forever. Your Righteousness can never be abolished. Your Law is firmly inscribed upon our human hearts.
Help me not to fear the reproach of men, nor be afraid of their revilings. They will die also and face Judgment. O Father God, that they would open their hearts and minds to You, longing to spend their eternal destinies in Your holy Presence and Love.
Many will rise against us, yet You are our Comfort and Joy. Why should we fear man when You are on our side? You have conquered death and the grave. You have covered us with the shadow of Your Hand. We are Your children forever. O mighty God, be praised!
 
(Inspired by Isaiah 51:6-16)

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