Do you have more strength than Peter

The Orthodox church commemorates the Holy Martyrs Chrysanthus and Daria on 19 March; Saint Chrysanthus who according to tradition was from Alexandria, and had been instructed in the Faith of Christ by a certain bishop. Chrysanthus’ father, who was a senator by rank and a pagan, had him shut up in prison for many days; then, seeing the unchanging disposition of his mind, he commanded that a certain young woman named Daria be brought from Athens. She was a very beautiful and learned maiden, and also like Chrysanthus’ Father a worshipper of false idols.. Chrysanthus’ father wedded him to her so that he might be drawn away from the Faith of Christ because of his love for her. Instead of this however, Chrysanthus drew Daria unto piety, and both of them boldly proclaimed Christ and received the crown of martyrdom in 283, during the reign of Numerian, when they were buried alive in a pit of mire.

Almost every day we read in diverse publications or watch on television reports of Christians being killed somewhere in the world due to their faith. From Syria and Iraq to Pakistan and various countries in Africa, Christians are being martyred almost on a daily basis. Here in the so called free world we are told that we have freedom of religion; freedom of religion as long as our religious beliefs do not conflict with the moral relativism that has now become the dominant ideology. While our Christian brothers and sisters are murdered for their beliefs just as Saints Chrysanthus and Daria were all those years ago, we are put in the position of being forced to accept false idols as they were or suffer the consequences of social shaming and professional or career ending discrimination.

Peter said to Him (Jesus), “Even though all may fall away because of You, I will never fall away.” Jesus said to him, “Truly I say to you that this very night, before a rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” Matthew 26:33&34

Will you have the strength to face possible recriminations and suffer the consequences of being buried in a virtual pit of mire, possibly even actually martyred like Chrysanthus and Daria or those murdered Christians in foreign lands or will you be as Peter and deny him?

 

Say this prayer or won of your own;

Lord, you are Holy above all others, and all of the strength that I need is in your hands.

I am not asking, Lord, that you take this trial away. Instead, I simply ask that Your will be done in my life. Whatever that means, that is what I want.

But I admit that it’s hard, Lord.

Sometimes I feel like I can’t go on. The pain and the fear are too much for me, and I know that I don’t have the strength on my own to get through this.

I know that I can come to you, Jesus, and that you will hear my prayer. I know that it is not your intent to bring me to this point just to leave me in the wilderness alone.

Please, Lord, give me the strength that I need to face today. don’t have to worry about tomorrow.

If you just give me the strength that I need today that is all I need.

Keep me from sinning during this trial. Instead, help me to keep my eyes on you. You are the Holy Lord, and all of my hope rests in you.

Thank you for hearing my prayer.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Source of above prayer: http://www.prayers-for-special-help.com/Prayer-for-Strength.html#sthash.Lr4OcYAg.dpuf

 

As always

 

Go out into the world in peace; have courage; hold on to what is good; return no one evil for evil; strengthen the fainthearted; support the weak; help the suffering; honor everyone; love and serve God; rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit!

Amen

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