A Prayer for Persecuted Pastors

Deliver your servants, O God; protect them from those who rise up against them.
Deliver them from evildoers and save them from bloodthirsty men.
See how your enemies lie in wait in for them!
Fierce men conspire against your servants for no offense or sin, O LORD.
They have done no wrong, yet their enemies are ready to attack them.
In particular, we pray that you would preserve the life of Pastor Youcef in Iran.
Give him wisdom, courage, and endurance.
Uphold his wife and children.
Bless the efforts of his attorney and all who are coming to his defense and help.
Continue to grant him joy in the face of death.
Keep his eyes fixed on Jesus, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame!
O LORD God Almighty, rouse yourself and bring deliverance.
We watch for you, O God, our fortress and our loving God.
You will go before those who are persecuted for your sake, and will let them gloat over those who slander them.
You will remember those whose blood is poured out like water for you.
We will sing of your strength and in the morning we will sing of your love;
for you are our fortress, our refuge in times of trouble.
To you our Strength we sing praise, our fortress and our loving God.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Pastor Joucef Nadarkhani is a Christian pastor in Iran who has been sentenced to death for refusing to recant his Christian faith. His life is in the scales.

Based on Psalm 59 and Hebrews 12.

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