Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. 2 Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. 3 Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.
Father, we often focus on our own sufferings, on our own city, and on our own spheres of influence. Generally, we trust this is how we should live, as those that are bound by space, time, and resources. But we also know that we are part of a family, a global family of those who have been bought by you Jesus, bought by your sufferings.
Jesus, we are grieved over the number of people that die daily because they do not swerve from their confession that you are King of the world. Today, we pray for the family and neighbors of those 21 Egyptian Christians beheaded in Libya.
We pray not for those that have died, because we trust in your vindication for them, but we pray for those that like them are endangered because they will bow the knee to no one but you Jesus. We pray that you will strengthen them in danger and protect them in this life–for we know they are your children and you grieve the pain of your children. Do this for your name, strengthen them for the dangers ahead demonstrating your power to help us love life without fearing death. They cannot do both without you. Some hate life, and thus do not fear death, and of course many fear death. But the strength to love life and not balk at death comes from you alone. Give our brothers and sisters strength world-wide, and especially in areas where ISIS and Boko Haram have great power.
Help us remember the chains and sufferings of our families and have similar faith in you and love for you in relative safety and peace and thereby honoring you and the lives of our family world-wide. If there are ways that you would have us as your people help, make that clear as well we pray.