Father, as I pray for those believers who share a common faith in Christ but not a common freedom in the world I ask for your grace, mercy and love to comfort them and sustain them through the agonizing ordeal of persecution and death for your Name. I ask Father that you will remind them that: “….it is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being called by his name!” 1 Peter 4:16 (NLT)
And I pray Father that they will remember the glorious future that awaits them and the gratitude and praise you will bestow on them for their faithful endurance in the hour of trial. May they recall the encouraging words of the Apostle Peter: “So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. 7 These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.” 1 Peter 1:6-7 (NLT)
So Father I pray you will strengthen their soul, sustain their faith and encourage their hearts as they go through the fiery trials of being faithful followers of Christ, even unto death.
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