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