“Love…Will Grow Cold”
First, Lord, strengthen and help those followers of yours who live in places where persecution is real and danger is all around. Help them to endure and cause us to intercede for them.
Second, Lord, inspire those of us who live in places where persecution is absent and danger is for the most part imagined to be open to your love and to be disciplined in the ways that we stay open to it and practice it. Make your love for us and our love for each other so warm that nothing that comes can make it grow cold.
“Then they will hand you over to be tortured and will put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of my name. Then many will fall away, and they will betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because of the increase of lawlessness, the love of many will grow cold. But anyone who endures to the end will be saved. And this good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the world, as a testimony to all the nations; and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:9-14)