Persecution is painful, but it is a sign that we are living out our faith in this world. Paul said in 2 Timothy 3:12, “All who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” Maybe someone has called you nasty names for standing up for righteousness. Maybe a friend or family member excludes you because of your faith. Or maybe others have done worse. Regardless, the Bible says that all Christians will endure some level of persecution for following Him.
Right now, millions of our brothers and sisters in Christ are experiencing intense persecution for following Jesus. Pray for their safety, encouragement, and endurance. Pray that their persecutors repent and trust in Jesus, before it is too late for them. Consider supporting groups that aid the persecuted church, like Voice of the Martyrs or Open Doors USA. If you yourself have been persecuted for Christ’s sake, rejoice that God has found you worthy to suffer for Jesus! Forgive your persecutors, and ask God to forgive them and bring them to repentance and salvation. And remain in a body of believers through a local church. We are meant to go through the trials of this life together.
A Prayer for America
Heavenly Father, all over the world, my brothers and sisters in Christ face persecution, torture, and even death for the sake of Jesus. Grant justice for the persecutors and healing for the persecuted. Father, empower all Your people—including me—to love our enemies, to do good to those who hate us, and to pray for those who mistreat us. Provide for the needs of Your people all over the world. Thank You for the religious liberty we enjoy in America. May we use our freedom to love You and love others well, even if we are also called on to suffer. Unite us as we weep with those who are suffering—sharing in the fellowship of Your suffering and looking forward to sharing in the power of Your resurrection. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.