sharing in suffering

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Sovereign God,
   we worship you and acknowledge
   that you know all of those
   who suffer in your name.
We remember those who are imprisoned for their faith
   and ask that they would join with the Apostle Paul
   to see that even though they remain captive,
   their chains have furthered the gospel, not frustrated it.
May they inspire and embolden their fellow believers
   to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly.
Teach us what it means to overcome
   by the blood of the Lamb
   and by the word of our testimony;
we pray that we would not love our lives
   so much as to shrink from death.

Release International
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Remember those who are in prison,
as though in prison with them,
and those who are mistreated,
since you also are in the body.

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