Lord Jesus, We pray for your followers in those places in the world where your enemies are seeking to destroy them. We pray that in your time the tables would be turned and your followers would be granted relief from those who seek their harm and their destruction. Raise up in every nation statesmen like Mordecai, who will work for the good of your people and speak up for the welfare of all believers. Here in our land we know that there are enemies of the truth and enemies of the gospel who seek to remove every mention of you from our public life. We pray for leaders who will act with power and might as Mordecai did to work for our good and speak up for our welfare. We ask in every election season that you will prompt us to choose leaders with the faith and character of Mordecai, who will use their influence on behalf of liberty and freedom of the truth. Help us to choose leaders who will seek the welfare of our nation and speak peace to our people. May they become prominent, may their reputation spread throughout our land, and may they become more and more powerful. Through them may we as a nation find relief from our enemies, from those who hate us and seek to gain mastery over us. We pray that those who devise evil plans against us and seek to crush us and destroy us will find their evil coming back on their own heads. I pray this day for myself and for ______________________ , that we too will find relief from our enemies, seen and unseen. I pray that no power of Satan will be able to stand against us. May we become more and more powerful in the Spirit. Grant that we may work for the good of your people and have the courage to speak up for the welfare of the truth. I ask you to turn our sorrow to joy and our mourning into celebration. Amen.