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“Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers and sisters, were killed just as they had been” (Revelation 6:11)

The faithful will be martyred until Jesus returns.  Whether it is the literal death that comes in persecution or the many little deaths of the spirit that happen to one who is persecuted day after day, the wicked of this world seek to silence the voice of the Master.  They cannot and will not, but the attempts continue.  Look around and what do you see?  The hope of salvation in Christ is under constant attack.  Where will you stand? On the promises of God? Or with the persecutors?

Lord, give me that old-time religion.  I want to live and let live, but I find that this world is becoming increasingly hostile.  The world is pressing in, and it seems as though it does desire to still the voice which speaks the Gospel.  I need Your guidance to live faithfully amidst the wicked schemes of this world.  You have come to save.  Save me and those who will listen through the witness You provide through me.

Come, Holy Spirit, and reveal again the truth for all ages.  Help me to see clearly and not bow down to the idols of this age.  No matter the cost to me, for I know that You have born the true cost, help me to carry the cross You give me, for its burden is light.  Guide me in mercy and grace to be a bold witness amidst the hostility to the faith in my time.  No matter the cost to me, knowing it cost You everything, lead me to learn how to remain steadfast in faith according to the Father’s will.  Amen.