Lord Jesus Christ,
Ruler of all nations,
You gave Your apostles the command
To preach the Gospel to the ends of the earth,
And promised that You would be with them all days,
Even until the end of the world.
After Your Ascension,
They went forth to preach Your word
And You confirmed with signs and wonders
That You were working through them.
When they were told by the authorities of their day
Not to speak Your name anymore,
And were even arrested and scourged,
They boldly declared,
“We must obey God rather than men!”
You continue to proclaim Your Word
in your Church today.
Give us the same clarity, courage, and determination
That Your apostles had,
That we may not allow any obstacle or earthly power
To intimidate us into silence or compromise.
Grant that our highest loyalty may always and only be to You,
Who live and reign forever and ever. Amen.