Righteous Judge, we come to You with saddened hearts for those who are persecuted in the many nations of our world – especially for those who are persecuted because of their faith in You. Be their strength, their comfort, and their defender. Help them remember that they are persecuted, but not abandoned. Remind them that if they are insulted for the Name of Christ, they are blessed, because the Spirit of glory rests on them and is cultivating perseverance, character, and hope. Amen.