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Oh Lord, you are a great and awesome God! You always fulfill your covenant and keep your promises of unfailing love to those who love you and obey your commands.  But we have sinned and done wrong.  We have rebelled against you and scorned your commands and regulations.  We have refused to listen to your servants the prophets, who spoke on your authority to our kings and princes and ancestors and to all the people of the land.  Lord, you are in the right; but as you see, our faces are covered with shame.  This is true of all of us, including the people of Judah and Jerusalem and all Israel, scattered near and far, wherever you have driven us because of our disloyalty to you.  O Lord, we and our kings, princes and ancestors are covered with shame because we have sinned against you.  But the Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him.  We have not obeyed the Lord our God, for we have not followed the instructions he gave us through his servants the prophets.  All Israel has disobeyed your instruction and turned away, refusing to listen to your voice.  So now the solemn curses and judgments written in the Law of Moses, the servant of God, have been poured down on us because of our sin.  You have kept your word and done to us and our rulers exactly as you warned.  Never has there been such a disaster as happened in Jerusalem.  Every curse written against us in the Law of Moses has come true.  Yet we have refused to seek mercy from the Lord our God by turning from our sins and recognizing his truth.  Therefore, the Lord has brought up on the disaster he prepared.  The Lord our God was right to do all of these thing, for we did not obey him.  Oh Lord our God, you brought lasting honor to your name by rescuing your people from Egypt in a great display of power.  But we have sinned and are full of wickedness.  In view of all your faithful mercies, Lord, please turn your furious anger away from your city, Jerusalem, your holy mountain.  All the neighboring nations mock Jerusalem and your people because of our sins and the sins of our ancestors.  O our God, hear your servant’s prayer! Listen as I plead.  For your own sake, Lord, smile again on your desolate sanctuary.  O my God, lean down and listen to me.  Open your eyes and see our despair.  See how your city, the city that bears your name, lies in ruins.  We make this plea, not because we deserve help, but because of your mercy.  O Lord, hear.  O Lord, forgive.  O Lord, listen and act! For your own sake, do not delay, O my God, for your people and your city bear your name.  (Daniel 9:4-19)

The Lord’s people cover the whole earth and live in every nation.  We are Israel.  We bear His name.  If we would humble ourselves before the Lord our God, confess our sins to him, pray on behalf of our nation and ask for forgiveness, our nations may yet be forgiven and healed.  Daniel did this for Jerusalem and the Lord heard him and answered!  We can pray it too, as it was so powerful that it is in God’s eternal living Word.  Pray it for your nation when you find yourself burdened with the need to pray for your leaders and people.

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.  The world and all its people belong to him. (Psalm 24:1)

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This powerful list of 10 ways to pray for our persecuted family in Christ is from the Voice of the Martyrs Ministry.

1) Pray that the persecuted believers will sense God’s presence (Hebrews 13:5)

2) Pray that they will feel connected to the greater Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:20, 26)

3) Pray that they will experience God’s comfort when their family members are killed, injured or imprisoned for their witness (2 Corinthians 1:3-5)

4) Pray that they will have more opportunities to share the Gospel (Colossians 4:3)

5) Pray for their boldness to make Christ known (Philippians 1:14)

6) Pray that they will forgive and love their persecutors (Matthew 5:44)

7) Pray that their ministries activities will remain undetected by authorities or others who wish to silence them (Acts 9:25)

8) Pray that they will rejoice in suffering (Acts 5:41)

9) Pray that they will be refreshed through God’s Word and grow in their faith (Ephesians 6:17)

10) Pray that they will be strengthened through the prayers of fellow believers (Jude 20-25)

 

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“O Lord, why do you stand so far away?  Why do you hide when I am in trouble?  The wicked arrogantly hunt down the poor.  Let them be caught in the evil they plan for others.  For they brag about their evil desires; they praise the greedy and curse the Lord.  The wicked are too proud to seek God.  They seem to think that God is dead.  Yet they succeed in everything they do.  They do not see your punishment awaiting them.  They sneer at all their enemies.  They think, ‘Nothing bad will ever happen to us!  We will be free of trouble forever!’ Their mouths are full of cursing, lies, and bitterness.  Trouble and evil are on the tips of their tongues.  They lurk in ambush in the villages, waiting to murder innocent people.  They are always searching for helpless victims.  Like lions crouched in hiding, they wait to pounce on the helpless.  Like hunters they capture the helpless and drag them away in nets.  Their helpless victims are crushed; they fall beneath the strength of the wicked.  The wicked think, ‘God isn’t watching us! He has closed eyes and won’t even see what we do!’  Arise, O Lord!  Punish the wicked, O God!  Do not ignore the helpless!  Why do the wicked get away with despising God?  They think, ‘God will never call us to account.’  But you see the trouble and grief they cause.  You take note of it and punish them.  The helpless put their trust in you.  You defend the orphans.  Break the arms of these wicked, evil people!  Go after them until the last one is destroyed. The Lord is king forever and ever!  The godless nations will vanish from the land.  Lord, you know the hopes of the helpless.  Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them.  You will bring justice to the orphans and the oppressed, so mere people can no longer terrify them.” (Psalm 10)

“O Lord, hear me as I pray; pay attention to my groaning.  Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for I pray to no one but you.  Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord.  Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.  O God, you take no pleasure in wickedness; you cannot tolerate the sins of the wicked.  Therefore, the proud may not stand in your presence, for you hate all who do evil.  You will destroy those who tell lies.  The Lord detests murderers and deceivers. Because of your unfailing love, I can enter your house; I will worship at your Temple with deepest awe.  Lead me in the right path, O Lord, or my enemies will conquer me.  Make your way plain for me to follow.  My enemies cannot speak a truthful word.  Their deepest desire is to destroy others.  Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave.  Their tongues are filled with lies.  O God, declare them guilty.  Let them be caught in their own traps.  Drive them away because of their many sins, for they have rebelled against you.  But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever.  Spread your protection over them, that all who love your name may be filled with joy.  For you bless the godly, O Lord; you surround them with your shield of love.”  (Psalm 5)

“I come to you for protection, O Lord my God.  Save me from my persecutors — rescue me!  If you don’t, they will maul me like a lion, tearing me to pieces with no one to rescue me.” (Psalm 7:1-2)

As news reports, gruesome videos and pictures bombard our eyes and ears of the terrors being meted out against Christians throughout the world and especially in the Middle East, the lie may enter our thoughts and hearts that we are powerless to fight evil on such epic proportions.

Christians are not called to savage barbarism and terror, so we do not fight against wickedness and evil that way.  We do not retaliate.  We do not answer evil with evil.  WE ARE CALLED TO PRAY.  The fight is the Lord’s.  We belong to Him and He is our only hope.  He alone raises up those who will march out to the physical battlefield and defeat the enemies of the Lord.  He alone will deliver His people and serve up proper justice!  He raised up Cyrus The Great this way, naming him through his prophet Isaiah and describing what he would do almost 150 years before Cyrus was even born (Isaiah 45).  That is the power of our Almighty God!

We are given the Psalms so we will know how to praise God, how to thank Him, and how to fight for ourselves and others through prayer to God, asking Him to rise up on our behalf and defend us.

It is not our Father’s will that we would live in fear and terror, robbed of peace and joy and the zeal for life.  It is not our Father’s will that darkness, corruption and death would fill the world, as these things do not glorify His Holy Name.  Life, beauty, freedom, love, peace and joy are the work of God.  Death, corruption, oppression, destruction and terror are the work of Satan.

Let’s take control of our hearts and minds and pray that Satan’s plans and his agents of terror be smashed by our Father in Heaven when He rises to defend His children in a hostile world.  As the world news reports about mass killings, beheadings, displacement and destruction, let us remember we have our own News to present to the world while there’s still time: the Good News of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world!

We know that Christian persecution, suffering and martyrdom will increase exponentially in the last days, but we also know how the story ends: every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord!  It appears that the clock is speeding up and Satan is doing all he can to eliminate the ones who pray to the Most High God.  As we are slaughtered for the Name of Jesus, let us never stop praying for each other, calling on our Father to rise up and rescue us!  Prayer is the most powerful weapon we have.

When our hearts and minds are clouded with the cares of this world, we can read the Psalms aloud.  They’ve been given to us for this purpose.  They are powerful prayers and we can adopt them as our own.

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“The heavens proclaim the glory of God.  The skies display his craftsmanship.  Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known.  They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard.  Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world.  God has made a home in the heavens for the sun.  It bursts forth like a radiant bridegroom after his wedding.  It rejoices like a great athlete eager to run the race.  The sun rises at one end of the heavens and follows its course to the other end. Nothing can hide from its heat.  The instructions of the Lord are perfect, reviving the soul.  The decrees of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.  The commandments of the Lord are right, bringing joy to the heart.  The commands of the Lord are clear, giving insight for living.  Reverence for the Lord is pure, lasting forever.  The laws of the Lord are true; each one is fair.  They are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold.  They are sweeter than honey, even honey dripping from the comb.  They are a warning to your servant, a great reward for those who obey them.  How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart?  Cleanse me from these hidden faults.  Keep your servant from deliberate sins!  Don’t let them control me.  Then I will be free of guilt and innocent of great sin.  May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”  (Psalm 19)

The ways of the Lord are more present and evident than the blazing sun which makes its way across the sky every day.  Nothing can hide from his ways and all are aware of his ways, his authority, and his glory, just as all are aware of the sun and its heat.

The children of the Most High God do not shrink back from his ways, but eagerly look for them, apply them, ask him for his help understanding them, ask him to bring into the spotlight and correct the things in their hearts that do not please him. In this way, we praise him and show the heavens and the world that we belong to him.

 

I will exalt you, my God and King, and praise your name forever and ever.  I will praise you every day; yes, I will praise you forever.  Great is the Lord!  He is most worthy of praise!  No one can measure his greatness.  Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts; let them proclaim your power.  I will meditate on your majestic, glorious splendor and your wonderful miracles.  Your awe-inspiring deeds will be on every tongue; I will proclaim your greatness.  Everyone will share the story of your wonderful goodness; they will sing with joy about your righteousness.  The Lord is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.  The Lord is good to everyone.  He showers compassion on all his creation.  All of your works will thank you, Lord, and your faithful followers will praise you.  They will speak of the glory of your kingdom; they will give examples of your power.  They will tell about your might deeds and about the majesty and glory of your reign.  For your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom.  You rule throughout all generations.  The Lord always keeps his promises; he is gracious in all he does.  The Lord helps the fallen and lifts those bent beneath their loads.  The eyes of all look to you in hope; you give them their food as they need it.  When you open your hand, you satisfy the hunger and thirst of every living thing.  The Lord is righteous in everything he does; he is filled with kindness.  The Lord is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him in truth.  He grants the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cries for help and rescues them.  The Lord protects all those who love him, but he destroys the wicked.  I will praise the Lord, and may everyone on earth bless his holy name forever and ever.  (Psalm 145)

Praise accomplishes a few different things:  1) It honors God in His rightful place.  2) It keeps us in our rightful place.  3) It puts Satan in his rightful place.

Reading the Praise Psalms of David aloud is one of the most powerful things we can do with our voice.  It’s how we broadcast Who we belong to.

Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness.  Let the whole world know what he has done.  Sing to him; yes, sing his praises.  Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds.  Exult in his holy name; rejoice, you who worship the Lord.  Search for the Lord and for his strength; continually seek him.  Remember the wonders he has performed, his miracles, and the rulings he has given, you children of his servant Israel, you descendants of Jacob, his chosen ones.  He is the Lord our God.  His justice is seen throughout the land.  Remember his covenant forever — the commitment he made to a thousand generations.  This is the covenant he made with Abraham and the oath he swore to Isaac.  He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree, and to the people of Israel as a never-ending covenant:  ‘I will give you the land of Canaan as your special possession.’  He said this when you were few in number, a tiny group of strangers in Canaan.  They wandered from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another.  Yet he did not let anyone oppress them.  He warned kings on their behalf: ‘Do not touch my chosen people and do not hurt my prophets.’  Let the whole earth sing to the Lord! Each day proclaim the good news that he saves.  Publish his glorious deeds among the nations.  Tell everyone about the amazing things he does.  Great is the Lord!  He is most worthy of praise!  He is to be feared above all gods.  The gods of other nations are mere idols, but the Lord made the heavens!  Honor and majesty surround him; strength and joy fill his dwelling.  O nations of the world, recognize the Lord, recognize that the Lord is glorious and strong.  Give to the Lord the glory he deserves!  Bring your offering and come into his presence.  Worship the Lord in all his holy splendor.  Let all the earth tremble before him.  The world stands firm and cannot be shaken.  Let the heavens be glad, and the earth rejoice!  Tell all the nations, ‘The Lord reigns!’  Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise!  Let the fields and their crops burst out with joy! Let the trees of the forest rustle with praise, for the Lord is coming to judge the earth.  Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!  His faithful love endures forever.  Cry out, ‘Save us, O God of our salvation! Gather and rescue us from among the nations, so we can thank your holy name and rejoice and praise you.’ Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, who lives from everlasting to everlasting!”  And all the people shouted “Amen!” and praised the Lord.  (1 Chronicles 16:8-36)

What an amazing declaration of the Most High God’s might, glory and worthiness to be praised.  By reading it out loud, we give these words the power they deserve; we declare with David all the glory and majesty of the Living God, the One we belong to in Christ Jesus.

“Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty.  Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom.  I adore you as the One who is over all things.  (1 Chronicles 29:11)

“Joyful are people of integrity, who follow your instructions, Lord.  Joyful are those who obey your laws and search for you with all their hearts.  They do not compromise with evil, and they walk only in your paths.  You have charged us to keep your commandments carefully.  Oh, that my actions would consistently reflect your decrees!  Then I will not be ashamed when I compare my life with your commands. As I learn your righteous regulations, I will thank you by living as I should!  I will obey your decrees.  Please don’t give up on me!

How can a young person stay pure?  By obeying your word.  I have tried hard to find you — don’t let me wander from your commands.  I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.  I praise you, O Lord; teach me your decrees.  I have recited aloud all the regulations you have given us.  I have rejoiced in your laws as much as in riches.  I will study your commandments and reflect on your ways.  I will delight in your decrees and not forget your word.”  (Psalm 119:1-16)

O Lord Jesus, it was my weaknesses you carried; it was my sorrows that weighed you down.  You were pierced for my rebellion, crushed for my sins!  You were beaten so I could be whole.  You were whipped so I could be healed.  I went astray like a sheep; I went my own way, but the Lord has caused my iniquity to fall on you.  (Isaiah 53: 4-6)

You are the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29) You died for my sins just as the Scriptures said.  You were buried and raised from the dead on the third day (1 Corinthians 15: 3-4), rescuing me from the kingdom of darkness and transferring me to your Kingdom. There is salvation in no one else!  God has given no other name under heaven by which I must be saved.  (Acts 4:12)

You purchased my freedom and forgave my sins (Colossians 1:14) and Worthy are You, the Lamb who was slaughtered, to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing forever! (Revelation 5: 12-13)