Polycarp was a disciple of the Apostle John and an early church leader whose life ended when he refused to betray his Lord.
Asked one last time to disavow his Christ, the old man replied, "Eighty and six years have I served Him, and He has done me no
wrong. How can I speak evil of my King who saved me?" Here is his martyr's prayer, as recorded by the historian Eusebius.
"Father of Your beloved and blessed Son Jesus Christ, through whom we have
received the knowledge of You, I bless You that You have counted me worthy
of this day and hour, that I might be in the number of the martyrs. Among these may I be
received before You today in a rich and acceptable sacrifice, as You have beforehand prepared and revealed. Wherefore I also praise You
also for everything; I bless You; I glorify You, through the eternal High Priest Jesus Christ, Your beloved Son, through whom, with Him, in the Holy
Spirit, be glory unto You both now and for the ages to come. Amen."
"When he had offered up his amen and had finished his prayer, the firemen lighted the
Quoted in Closer Walk, July, 1988, p. 22.