- Pictures from Voice of the Martyrs’ 2013 Prayer Calendar
Yahweh, Your name is a strong tower and a fortress for all those who call upon it. You safeguard Your people personally, with Your own right hand. Teach us to seek Your face and to call upon Your name, not only for ourselves, but also for our spiritual family, for our brothers and sisters in Christ who do not share our freedom. In democracies, we can raise our voices. We can yell and sing, we can vote and petition, we can rally and legislate. We can seek our own wills here, and win them by popularity. Yet even where Your chosen ones are the majority, they cannot choose the freedom to worship You where their governments repress them. They can save for months to buy literature, music, Bibles, only to have these encouragements stolen away in a moment. They can gather together in Your name only to be beaten, arrested, assaulted, bombed, and taunted.
Lord, where Your Spirit is, there is freedom. Not freedom like the world gives, enforced by laws and social conventions, but true freedom. Freedom to worship in Spirit and in truth. In Your presence there is freedom that cannot be oppressed by humans or by demons. I pray that You would pour out Your Spirit upon all flesh, upon the persecuted and the persecutors. I pray that You would flood Belarus with the glory of Your name and with Your angel armies. I pray that You would tear down the strongholds in the nation still reigning after generations. I pray that You would end the streams of abuses against the helpless ones, that Your love would so shine in that nation that it would be an example to the world of how wonderful You are. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.