Lord, bring our enemies to repentance.  Those who persecute us, draw them near to You so that they may know You as Lord and Saviour.  Darkness blinds our enemies.  Give them eyes to see, Lord, that they not perish but turn from their ways and turn to You to have everlasting life (John 3:16-17; Ezekiel 18:23; 33:11; 2 Peter 3:9).  Use us as Your instruments to bless people and baptise them in Your name.  You have forewarned us of persecution; give us the strength to endure, and let us rejoice in the hope that is in You as we suffer (Romans 5:3-5; 1 Peter 1:6-7).

Let us boldly proclaim Your Word in this troubled world that seeks to separate itself from You.  When our enemies plot to kill us or ruin our civil lives, deliver us from their hands, and give us the strength to continue proclaiming Jesus as the Christ.

Amen.

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