Lord, today we pray for one of the most restricted nations in the world: Turkmenistan. We pray for the believers there, who know their faith is considered illegal by their government. Lord, please help those who are wire-tapped to be very discreet in their communication. Help them to know when to speak and when to remain silent. Help them identify whom they can trust. May they be effective in sharing their faith in the right settings. Lord, we pray for those who are abused by their families and communities. Be with them and strengthen them as you did for the apostle Paul in his darkest hours. May your disciples in Turkmenistan be brave, strong and powerful. And please grant them the peace that passes understanding as they spend their days in a highly restricted, suspicious environment. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.