Dr. Wendell Hawley shares with us a prayer for the persecuted church
We are overcome by the awful persecution of Christians in various places.
This Satanic activity against our brothers and sisters in the household of faith
would overwhelm us were it not for the fact that you know
every dear child of yours,
To the church at Smyrna you said: "I know your tribulations."*
and to the faithful in Pergamum: "I know where you live."*
We take solace in this--you know!
But still we would be dismayed for the persecuted ones
Were it not that you have said: "He that is in us is greater than he that is in the world!"*
You know, oh Lord, that every believer lives in a non-believing world
a world at times demonstrating its hatred of you and yours.
But your will and your purposes will be accomplished!
You are greater!
So we pray
that tested believers
those who belong to you will know your presence
and your power
and your protection in fresh new ways
and that each one will experience
and confidence in the Lord of Glory.
Jesus, we pray that you will make real to the persecuted ones
Your very words of promise:
"Fear not little flock,"* praying in
every instance fear will be replaced with the joy of the Lord,
"who loved us and gave himself for us."
*Scripture passages in the order they were quoted: Rev. 2:9; 2:13; 1 John 4:4; Luke 12:32; Gal 1:4.