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“I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.” –Genesis 22:17-18
Elohim, You are the Creator of the world. You constructed the molecules inside each grain of sand; You designed the molten beauty of each star in the galaxy; and You also multiply Your faithful. You multiply us as the tiny things of earth and as the giant things of outer space. You have blessed us so mightily. In a country where once Your name was not even heard, You have called the hearts of 80 million people to repentance and to everlasting joy. You have called them into sonship, into an inheritance. O great Father, bless Your children in China, Your beloved ones who have fought so hard for the right to worship You in Spirit and in truth, who have gained ground against the enemy in hand-to-hand combat. Lord bless them not only with freedom in their government, but with freedom in their hearts. Do not let them be overcome by the encroaching materialism that now seeks their attention, but re-gird them with the belt of Your truth. Remind them that they gain to give, that the earth is Yours and the fullness thereof, that everything they need and desire is in You, not in this world. Lord bless them with the glory of Your presence so that they do not fall into the trap that has so firmly entangled the West. Keep Your Church in China pure from the attachments of this life, Lord, for only You can do so.
Father, for those who have been arrested for unauthorized religious activity, remind them of who holds the ultimate authority. Grant them peace in the midst of their trials with the knowledge that You are their true judge, the one who has sealed their fate in heaven. Remind them that the trials of this life are but for a moment. As they are kept hidden from their families, from their husbands, wives, children, parents, God uphold them with the love that is in Your heart. Carry the prayers of their family to them and theirs to their families. Comfort them with hope of their release, and even more with hope of the souls who You have sent them to win in Your name. Renew their vision in prison so that they would know Your plan and purpose for them in jail and not cast off the restraint of a hopeful man. Press into the hearts of Your suffering ones and call them blessed. Bless them and keep them and make Your face to shine upon them so that they may reflect Your glory and splendor.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.