Almighty God, we ask your protection over Shafqat Emmanuel and his wife, Shagufta Kausar, who were recently acquitted of allegedly sending derogatory remarks about the Muslim prophet Mohammed in a text message to another man. We celebrate that they are free after seven years on a Pakistani death row, but we know many would seek their deaths while they are free. We pray that officials would provide security for this couple and their lawyer and that all three (and any family members) would be relocated if necessary. Lord, we are thankful that a European Union Parliament resolution drew attention to Pakistan’s rising blasphemy accusations and vigilante violence. We pray that Pakistan’s government will move toward freedom of religion for its people and eliminate the death penalty for those accused of blasphemy. Lord, we think of this word of truth: “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death” (Revelation 12:11). Even while we pray for religious liberty, we also pray that your children would continue to stand for you, regardless of the trials that may come. We humbly pray, amen.
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