Lord, today we pray for Uzbekistan, where persecution for Christians is very high. It’s hard to imagine living in a country where the government bugs home, taps phones and infiltrates church groups with spies. It makes us more thankful for the freedoms we have in living without constant surveillance. Lord, please strengthen the believers as they attempt to lead normal lives with an awareness of this constant watchfulness. May they persevere in the faith even when their materials are confiscated and they are detained and interrogated. May this pressure only strengthen their resolve and enable your light to shine more brightly through them. We also pray for converts from Islam to have special protection, as their own families are tempted to exercise violence toward them. In Jesus’ name we pray for Uzbekistan today, amen.