徒 Acts 12:1-5
1 It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them. 2 He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword. 3 When he saw that this met with approval among the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. This happened during the Festival of Unleavened Bread. 4 After arresting him, he put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring him out for public trial after the Passover.5 So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.
Today hordes of people attack Christians, but few of them are motivated by false religion. There is one comfort to sustain us: we know that our blood is precious to God. The more shamefully and contemptuously the wicked treat us, the more will we enjoy God’s goodness.
Some of our brothers and sisters are reduced to extreme poverty and live in exile, and others are in prison or executed; new tortures are often invented. If these incentives do not sharpen our desire to pray, we more than stupid. As soon as any persecution begins, let us go straight to prayer.