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For Courage When Persecuted

Heavenly Father of Yeshua, my self-sacrificing Savior,

As I praise Yeshua for allowing himself to be betrayed, captured and delivered into the hands of cruel persecutors, and then laying down his life in payment for my sins, I ask You for the sake of his suffering, bleeding and dying in my stead, to forgive me the cold cowardice by which I have often hastened from You.  How eagerly I should confess Yeshua as my divine Deliverer, since he did completely finish everything required for my justification, yet how ungratefully and repeatedly I have denied him.  Forgive me and strengthen me with a faith that remains firm and steadfast, even in adversity!  Give me the courage required to valiantly  confess Yeshua before men, friend and foe alike, and to tell the world that You purchased me with a great price, the highest in all history, by the precious blood of Your Son.  Use the afflictions Your love may place upon me to purify my heart and to strengthen my reliance on You.  Help the sick and the sorrowing throughout the whole world.  Comfort especially the defeated and the dying, those who are tortured along with the families of those who have been martyred.  Draw more to You my God through the message of Yeshua’s love.   May I be faithful unto death so that I receive the crown of everlasting life.  Omein.

©Concordia Theological Seminary, 1950