Eternal Father, almighty shepherd of your people, You have promised that those who follow Jesus will be persecuted. We pray for your children around the world who are suffering mistreatment, imprisonment, loss of possessions, and threats of death for their allegiance to you. By your mighty power keep them faithful to you. Be their shield and defense, their refuge and their stronghold.
Shelter them under the shadow of your wings, that they may not fear their enemies, and help us to uphold them in prayer that together we may walk in the light of the resurrection of Jesus Christ and not be ashamed to confess him as Lord, to the glory of your name, Amen.