Lord, today we pray for Mexico, which is #41 on the World Watch List for persecution. It is hard to fathom that a nation dominated by Christianity would have high persecution, but we know the thief comes to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10), and thus works hard to disempower Christians in Mexico. Almighty God, we first pray against organized corruption and crime in Mexico, which greatly affects the entire nation, including all Christian groups. We specifically pray for those believers who work toward community transformation and thus pose a threat to criminal groups, including drug cartels. Continue to give these believers courage and effectiveness as they bring freedom, hope and light to their communities. Next, we pray against ethnic antagonism, which affects people who convert from indigenous beliefs or mainline denominations. Help these Christ-followers remain true to what they believe, and to find the support they need from within the body of Christ in order to stand strong. Finally, we pray about the denominational protectionism that keeps Christians from supporting each other in Mexico. May your children in Mexico major on the majors and minor on the minors when it comes to their theological distinctives. May they focus on spurring each other on toward intimacy with you and good deeds. In Jesus’ powerful name we pray, amen.