Peter writes this in 1 Peter 5:8 –
Be sober-minded, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
This report from a Voice of the Martyrs email prayer update offers one all-too-painful reminder of this reality among the persecuted.
SOMALIA – Seven Christians beheaded in Somalia
On July 10, seven Christians were beheaded by the Al Qaeda-linked extremist group Al Shabaab which controls southern Somalia and the capital Mogadishu. The Christians were accused of renouncing Islam and being “spies” for the government. Public executions, floggings, and amputations have reportedly increased in areas controlled by Al-Shabaab in recent weeks. Pray for the friends and family members mourning the loss of these Christians. Pray that Somali believers will exemplify the love of God through consistent love and prayer for those who persecute them.
Let the exhortation of Hebrews 13:3 not be lost on us.
Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.