A Prayer for the Persecuted

Merciful Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, listen to the cries of your children who are being oppressed by the wicked who hate you. In particular, we ask that you would deal with the men of the underworld in Nigeria who are hurting, harassing, and beating pastors and their families, and also extorting money and other valuables from them. (Add other persecuted Christians you know.) If only you would slay the wicked, O God!

We pray for all your children who suffer persecution for the sake of your name and the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Comfort them with your Holy Spirit and deliver them from the hands of their enemies. Do not permit the memory of your name to be removed from the earth. Do not let the enemies of your truth have occasion to dishonour and blaspheme your name. But if it is your will that persecuted Christians by their death bear witness to the truth and glorify your name, comfort them in their sufferings. May they accept their trials as from your fatherly hand and remain faithful in life and death to the honour of your name, to the edification of the church, and to their salvation.

May we ourselves and all Christians embrace the same suffering, and consider it an honour not only to believe in your Son, but also to suffer for him. In his name we pray.

AMEN.

Based on a prayer request from the NKST, the Reformed Church among the Tiv; Psalm 139:19-22; Philippians 1:29,30; and “A Prayer for All the Needs of Christendom” in the Book of Praise.

Read and sing Psalm 79. See GENEVAN 79 in the Book of Praise: Anglo-Genevan Psalter available at www.bookofpraise.ca.

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