Dear Father, You are the author and finisher of our faith. You are the Truth and the hope of our salvation. You brought joy to the apostles who suffered for Your name, because Your Spirit dwelt within them and encouraged them. Since the first apostles, we have found suffering for Your name to be a means of identifying with Your Son and with His persecution. I pray that as You granted joy to Paul, Silas, Barnabas, Peter, Phillip, Peter, and all the others who gave their lives for Your kingdom that You would also grant equal and even greater joy to those who suffer now. I pray that You would protect them with Your full armor: the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith, the sword of the Spirit, the helmet of salvation, and the shoes of the Gospel. I pray that You would lead them to the right passages of scripture at the perfect time in their circumstances and remind them that they are more than conquerors through You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.