Shepherd of your people,
we are shocked by the terrible persecutions that terrorize people in our time.
We fear that this is an unspeakable challenge to the faith of many,
and we pray that the persecuted may be strengthened and encouraged.
May terrorists and all persecutors stop their evil works.
Father, may we never be caught unprepared,
for your Word tells us that persecutions are bound to come.
Thank you for believers who remain firm in faith and love.
We pray that you increase in us love for one another.
Our loving God,
strengthen our hearts in holiness so that we may be blameless before you, our God and Father, when Jesus comes with all his saints.
For people who are so tormented that their faith fails,
prepare a place for them, too, at your banquet table.
Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.