a prayer for the persecuted
We praise you for the gift of your precious Son. Lord Emmanuel, God with us, thank you for your peace and presence with us always.
Be with those who suffer for the name of Jesus. Please speak through their testimony and their tears, their suffering and their strength, to those who persecute them.
Cause the persecutors to stop and wonder, so that they may be arrested by your love.
Lord, we pray that they too will call on the name of Jesus, Prince of peace, as the church worships you. May they find mercy and forgiveness, joy and salvation in you.