Prayer During Persecution
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So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer to God for him was being offered by the assembly.
As they continued to stone Stephen, he kept praying, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!" Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, "Lord, don't hold this sin against them!" After he had said this, he died.
When Peter realized what had happened, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John who was also called Mark, where a large number of people had gathered and were praying.
The crowd joined in the attack against them. Then the magistrates had Paul and Silas stripped of their clothes and ordered them beaten with rods. After giving them a severe beating, they threw them in jail and ordered the jailer to keep them under tight security. Having received these orders, he put them into the inner cell and fastened their feet in leg irons.read more.
Around midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.
But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you,
Be joyful in hope, patient in trouble, and persistent in prayer.