Heavenly father, I know I am not alone in this. Though this struggle has been years for me in my own experience, many now know it in their own lives in recent times.
I pray for Peace and Grace for all who are now experiencing the division of Family and Friends in these dark hours. As your precious Son prayed to you for us not to be taken out of the world, but to be protected from the evil one, I ask for that Patient Endurance, which is our call.
It’s very tough to do, and impossible without You. Without You we can do nothing.
We have reached a point where we must look to our own choices and conditions of faith and maintain them. This is not easy either, with our concern for those we love. We have to place them in Your hands.
May we be mindful of the times at hand, and your words about them. May we remain steady and firm on You in our focus, riding out the storm of wind and waves ramped up against us in the Ark of Your Promise and Power, holding fast to that blessed Faith that we have in You.
In your Son’s precious name we pray! Jesus the Christ, God in the flesh!
Do not assume that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword (the Word of the Gospel which divides).
For I have come to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
A man’s enemies will be the members of his own household. (Micah 7:1-6)
I have come to ignite a fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is accomplished!
Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but division (the Word of the Gospel which divides).
From now on, five in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law. (Micah 7:1-6)
Woe is me!
For I am like one gathering summer fruit
at the gleaning of the vineyard;
there is no cluster to eat,
no early fig that I crave.
The godly man has perished from the earth;
there is no one upright among men.
They all lie in wait for blood;
they hunt one another with a net.
Both hands are skilled at evil;
the prince and the judge demand a bribe.
When the powerful utters his evil desire,
they all conspire together.
The best of them is like a brier;
the most upright is sharper than a hedge of thorns.
The day for your watchmen has come,
the day of your visitation.
Now is the time of their confusion.
Do not rely on a friend;
do not trust in a companion.
Seal the doors of your mouth
from her who lies in your arms.
For a son dishonors his father,
a daughter rises against her mother,
and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
A man’s enemies are the members
of his own household.
I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door, which no one can shut. For you have only a little strength, yet you have kept My word and have not denied My name.
Look at those who belong to the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews but are liars instead. I will make them come and bow down at your feet, and they will know that I love you.
Because you have kept My command to persevere, I will also keep you from the hour of testing that is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.
I am coming soon.
Hold fast to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.