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Praying with the Apostle Paul and Early Church for Christians Facing Islamic Extremists

A Prayer for Spiritual Growth

Heavenly Father, we ask that their love may abound more and more toward others — especially Islamic extremists — and that they will grow in spiritual knowledge and discernment so that they may approve what is excellent and be pure and blameless until the day of Your Son, Jesus Christ, to Your glory and praise (Phil. 1:9–11). A Prayer for Gospel Opportunity

We pray that You will open a door for Your Word to go forth in countries where Christians face Islamic extremists. May those who are persecuted make the mystery of Your Son and the Gospel message clear to those who are persecuting them for Your name’s sake (Col. 4:3–4).

A Prayer for Boldness

We ask that You hear the threats that Islamic extremists are making against our Christian brothers and sisters and that You will grant them the ability to continue to speak Your Word with all boldness (Acts 4:29).

A Prayer for Endurance

We ask that our persecuted brothers and sisters will be filled with Your mighty, glorious strength so they can endure with patience, always being full of joy and thankfulness to You, Father (Col. 1:11–12).

A Prayer of Thanks

We thank You for the steadfastness and faith of Christians facing Islamic extremists in all their persecutions and in the afflictions that they are enduring (2 Thess. 1:3–4).

A Prayer for Kingdom Advancement

Finally, we pray that Your Word may speed ahead of our Christian brothers and sisters and triumph wherever it goes. We pray that they will be delivered from wicked and evil men. We know that You, Lord, are faithful. You will establish them and guard them against the evil one. We ask You to give them peace at all times in every way, and may they know that You are with them (2 Thess. 3:1–3, 16).

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