“Endures to the End”
Lord, strengthen, encourage, and protect your followers for whom being your disciple truly is a divisive, dangerous, and risky reality. Help them to serve you and to bear witness to you in all circumstances; enable them to endure to the end.
Lord, strengthen, encourage, and protect those of us for whom being your disciple is not a divisive, dangerous, and risky reality. Forgive us for our failure truly to follow you that results in a lack of distinctiveness from our culture that keeps us from being misunderstood and mistreated; help us to be faithful enough that we are at risk enough that we will be driven to ask you to help us to endure to the end.
Strengthen those for whom having the heart to endure to the end is a real issue.
Convict those for whom having the heart to endure to the end is a non-issue.
“Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death; and you will be hated by all because of my name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next; for truly I tell you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.” (Matthew 10:21-23)