In times of persecution

Psalm 108:12 Give us aid against the enemy, for human help is worthless.

O Lord,

help me to remain steadfast in the presence of my enemies.

In the face of politics and devious schemes,

let my praises resound.

When confronted with apathy and laziness,

let me awaken the dawn with shouts of gladness

and testimonies to Your goodness.

When plotting and game-playing and back-biting

wear down the song of my heart

until I feel alone and abandoned,

weak and oppressed,

raise me up in the knowledge that You are my God,

the Mighty One,

and Your purposes and promises cannot be overcome.

Lord, make me steadfast,

make me strong,

in the presence of my enemies.