My SSMT verse for March 1 is Matthew 5:43-44, NIV:
You have heard it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy, 'But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
I will memorize Matthew 5:45 next.
It can be hard to love our enemy and pray for those who persecute Christians, but His grace is more than enough for us to accomplish what He asks.
If there were ever a time to pray for our enemies, for those who persecute the church, it is NOW.
As the violence in the Middle East continues and China warns it's citizens about protests and dissension, let us lift up the people of these nations in prayer.