Saturday, November 18, 2023
God's people — Israel over the years and Christians since Jesus was on earth — have faced fierce opposition, had property confiscated, been attacked, consistently persecuted, frequently imprisoned, and sometimes murdered.  Over the last week, our relationship thoughts have focused on how to behave when we are facing those kinds of hardships. Today's verses come from Psalm 7, a combination of a lament, prayer for help, declaration of faith in God, and song of thanksgiving. As I read David's words and remembered David's life story from shepherd boy to King of Israel, my heart was strengthened. I know how powerfully God worked in David's life and the lives of many others. 
Underneath all of these things David does in this psalm is one powerful truth God's people need for times of hardship, opposition, persecution, and martyrdom: we can cry out to God openly, honestly, boldly, and without hesitation and know He cares for us and hears us. This is the truth I want us to focus on today. We can pray for our trials. We can pray for other believers' trials. We can intercede for persecution to stop and for evil to be defeated. We can forcefully ask God to overthrow the wicked and defend the righteous. We can know that God "is angry with the wicked every day." We can be assured that prayer is a great weapon for us in our battles against evil and Satan.  We can know that those who are martyred not only go straight to the throne room of heaven when they die but are also interceding for believers on earth who are facing persecution. Their prayers join with those on earth interceding for God's oppressed children on earth. 
Part of sharing in a world fellowship of believers means praying for our brothers and sisters facing persecution and evil hostility. We can pray for their safety, courage, deliverance, and boldness to clearly proclaim God's truth.  I know you, like me, hate evil and are repulsed by the violence done against godly people by evil people and governments. Together, we can be warriors for good. We can go to war against Satan, evil, and hell by praying for our brothers and sisters facing daily hostility and deadly peril. Please, let's pray together, knowing that when two or three of us agree, the Lord hears, cares, and acts powerfully 
Almighty God and tender Father, please hear the cries of Your people facing opposition, ridicule, persecution, imprisonment, beatings, and martyrdom for their faith. Intervene to end the hostile and evil reign of evil rulers and demonic powers at war against Your people. We believe You can intervene and defeat the power of the wicked. We ask that You do this quickly to reveal Your power and to rescue Your people. We pray this knowing that Jesus is interceding and that He knows from experience the hatred and evil of people controlled by Satan. Amen.
Together in Christ is a daily devotional that focuses on what Scripture teaches about godly living in relationships.
'Together in Christ' is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
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