For Endurance with Rejoicing
O God who rules the nations,
Whose Word calls us to deny ourselves,
take up our crosses,
and follow Christ,
Hear the prayers of your servants on behalf of your persecuted children,
especially those in the country/countries of _________________.
With the Apostle Paul,
we are sorrowful yet always rejoicing:
sorrowful to know of the persecutions our brothers and sisters suffer,
rejoicing because you have promised never to leave them or forsake them.
Strengthen them in this truth by your powerful hand.
Give them, too, the grace to rejoice in their sufferings,
because in them they share the sufferings of your own dear Son, Jesus.
Cause them, Father, to rejoice in their “better possessions” (Heb. 10:34),
which are heaven itself
and Christ himself.
Strengthen them to take comfort that,
as they are persecuted,
“so the prophets were persecuted before” (Mt. 5:12).
Preserve them by your Holy Spirit
to praise you in their sufferings to the end,
and to look forward to “the revelation of His glory,
[when they] may rejoice with exultation” (1 Pt. 4:13).
Merciful God, who abounds in love
whose favor lasts to a thousand generations,
show mercy to those whose crosses are heavy;
give endurance to those who suffer,
that they might see not only their salvation,
but that of children’s children, who will rise up and praise you.
May this generation of persecuted believers
praise your works to the next, and declare your mighty deeds.
God of all comfort,
give peace to your suffering children.
In the name of Christ, who bore our griefs and carried our sorrows,