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Prayer for the Persecuted

Revelation 6:9-10 When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. 10 They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?”
God, it seems that our brothers and sisters world-wide are facing grave danger. With Isis and Boko Haram on the loose, and others that are seeking the blood of those called after your name, we pray for protection for our family. Just yesterday in Pakistan a number of Christians were targeted by suicide bombers. We mourn their loss and know that their blood is not shed in vain, for you will vindicate those who have died professing love for Jesus. In the mean time, would you bring peace where there is discord? Father, though they willingly give up their lives rather than deny you, would you protect others in harms way? 
We know from time to time in scripture those that love you are killed by those that hate Jesus. But we also see that you have spared your followers, miraculously or providentially. Please spare many of our family in harms way. If you do not spare them, please give those that will die strength to trust you as they lose their lives, and give them steadfast confidence that their death only serves to bring them true, unfading life. 
Father, these are sad times, but make these times of hope as we groan for your glory to fill the earth. Please do so, and do so soon.

Amen.

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