A Prayer for the Persecuted Church
Gracious Father, we thank and praise You for sending Your Son, Jesus Christ, to be our Savior from sin, death, and the power of the devil. We pray that this Good News of our Savior may spread to all the world without hindrance. Be with all our brothers and sisters in the faith who face suffering at the hands of those who would stop Your Word from reaching the hearts of the lost. Strengthen Your faithful through Word and Sacrament, giving them peace in the sure and certain hope of salvation through Your Son. Open the ears of their persecutors, that they might listen to Your life-giving Word, that their hearts may be changed to receive that Word through faith, and that they might turn from their evil ways to the truth found only in Jesus. As in all things, we ask that Your will be done. In the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.