“Blessed are those who have been persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.”Matthew 5:10
As I was praying on my way to work this morning, my thoughts went to my brothers and sisters in Christ who are being slaughtered in other countries. We talked briefly about it at church on Sunday and prayed for them, but as I was driving, their plight hit me hard. This is my prayer:
Father, spare my brothers and sisters in Christ. Give their captors a Saul-style conversion so they repent and begin to smuggle their victims out or simply spare their lives and let them go. Meet the torturers and killers in their dreams, Lord, and bring them to their knees before You. Confuse them so Your people can escape or Lord, strike their killers down.
I know You are all-powerful, and your arm is not too short to save, but I also know it might be Your incredible mercy to let those suffering for You finally come home to Your kingdom and their reward.
Lord, if it is Your mercy to bring my brothers and sisters home, I pray they see their reward as Stephen did as he was dying. Let them see the heavens opened and Christ their Savior coming to escort them into the Kingdom where they will finally hear, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” Let death be a glorious moment for these who love you and endure to the end.
Finally, let the world see and fight for these Christian soldiers and do something about this injustice. Remind us to pray for them and tell us what to do. Help us to be bold and confident in You and in speaking Your name to those around us without fear.
In Jesus’ name, Amen