The Psalmist says: “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage…wait, I say, on the LORD” (Psalm 27:14). The use of plural pronouns such as “our” and “us” is to teach us not to pray for ourselves alone but for all people of God who are all being buffeted by the devil in this world of evil. (1 Timothy 2:1,3) God will certainly answer those who say the Lord's Prayer with faith and understanding by His grace. The Bible says: “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us”. - 1 John 5:14
The Bible abounds with stories of men and women who demonstrated faith in God to a heroic degree. Our Saviour told the apostles in those days, “They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.” (John 16:2, 3) Stating that his disciples would be hated by all (ignorant or wicked) men for his name's sake, advised the disciples thus, “But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come.” (Matthew 10:22, 23) And so it was that in the heat of persecutions visited on the Christians by the Caesars, many preferred to die than do service to pagan gods. Those who could, fled to other cities, thereby spreading the good news to other lands. Below are brief accounts of the persecutions the people of God suffered, right from time of old. As St. Paul explained, they went through all these because they “looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God”. - Hebrews 11:10.
“Now Pashur the son of Immer the priest, who was also chief governor in the house of the LORD, heard that Jeremiah prophesied these things. Then Pashur smote Jeremiah the prophet, and put him in the stocks that were in the high gate of Benjamin, which was by the house of the LORD.” - Jeremiah 20:1, 2.
Because Jeremiah the prophet condemned the idolatrous practices of the Jews, they reported him to Pashur the son of Immer the priest, who was also chief governor in the house of the LORD. This man ordered that Jeremiah be arrested and beaten and put in the stocks, which were wooden beams with holes in them in which the feet and sometimes the arms were confined. It was not until the following morning that Jeremiah was brought out of the stocks. Consequently, God changed the name of this priest's son from Pashur (which means freedom) to Magormissabib (terror on every side), in that the land would suffer desolation in the hands of the king of Babylon, they would be carried away as captives and he would die in exile. (Jeremiah 20:3-6)The servants of God would suffer humiliation and persecution but should not, and indeed, cannot, be deterred from pronouncing the judgments of God against evil. (Isaiah 58:1; Ezekiel 33:7-9) Those who oppose the servants of God do so to their own detriment but blessings will always be on those who support them and the cause of righteousness generally. “For thy violence against thy brother Jacob shame shall cover thee, and thou shalt be cut off for ever.” (Obadiah verse 10) “And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.” - Matthew 10:42.