O Sovereign Lord, we ask you to be compassionate to your children, and we come to you with our prayer for that part of the Body of Christ that is suffering travails and persecutions throughout the ends of the earth. We raise up before you those who have been bleeding, imprisoned, violated, tortured, impoverished and hounded by minions of evil. Vindicate the blood of those who died for making the good confession. Execute your justice and establish your righteousness throughout all the earth. Grant them mercy and comfort in their time of need and make us their advocate before the tribunals of the world. Shine the light of Christ upon them as they walk in the valley of the shadow of death and grant them a better resurrection. Chastise us Lord if we should ever fail to ever to plead their cause and fail to remember their plight in our prayers. Purify your church O Lord and may the blood of your righteous saints strengthen the church and bring those in darkness into the light.
Proverbs 24:11-12: Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, "But we knew nothing about this," does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay each person according to what he has done?
A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
That word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth;
- Martin Luther
Hebrews 13:3: Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.