Don’t be surprised by evil. Satan, the enemy of God, is on the move. Satan’s time is short.
In prayer, prepare your heart and mind for persecution. Pray that you and your loved ones will not deny the Lord, even in persecution.
Pray for those throughout the world who today are being abused, imprisoned, beaten and rejected because of their faith in Jesus. They are the true heroes of the faith.
They consider their love for God greater than their own life.
1 PETER 5:8-9, NIV
8 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
2 TIMOTHY 3:12, NIV
12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
You can expect to encounter persecution in this life.
“Lord, your word teaches that ‘everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,’ (2 Timothy 3:12) Help me to be spiritually ready. I know that I should not seek persecution, as you tell me to pray for protection from Satan (Matthew 6:13). But Lord, I accept whatever your good will is in my life (Psalm 138:8), knowing that you are transforming me to become more like you each day. I commit my ways to you in Jesus Name, Amen.”