Lord, today our thoughts and prayers turn toward Saudi Arabia, the only nation in the world without any church buildings. Lord, we know the pressure to follow Islam in this nation is overwhelming. We pray for those who are considering following you to be strong, despite the fierce pressure from family and society to NOT pursue Christ. May your love and truth compel them; woo them! Lord, we pray for those who are already following you in this land. Please protect and comfort them as they live under the shadow of persecution every day. We particularly pray for the low-income migrant workers who deal with the worst of the persecution, due to their status. Strengthen their souls. Give them a vision for heaven, where their true citizenship lies. Finally, we rejoice, Lord, that Christianity is growing in this nation, despite the persecution. May your disciples be bold when they are to be bold and quiet when it is best they remain silent. May they walk very closely with you so they can clearly hear your Spirit's guidance moment by moment, day by day. In Jesus' life-giving name we pray, amen.
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