Authority was given the beast over all people to make war and conquer the saints; everyone will worship it save for those whose names have been recorded in the slain Lamb's Book of Life. The beast has authority to take captive or slay the saints.
Hence, the call for endurance and faith of the saints.
God, Your enemy has been slobbering to devour Your image since the beginning. Please strengthen and equip Your saints for the times in which they live. Please keep us all from lives which pursue comfort, luxury and mindless activity. God of the Host Armies, train our hands for war and make us Your warriors. Let us all live lives which prepare, condition and hearten us for the endurance and faith necessary to bring You glory whenever and wherever You may place us. I thank You that You control authority and Your wisdom is infinite. Your ways are not our ways; but they lead us to You. Let us journey, encouraged, encouraging and enabled, this sacred path of obedience in unity and in praise of Your very great Name. Time is in Your hands, as are we. You are Faithful and Trustworthy.