We serve Christians around the world whose brave faith in Jesus means they are, beaten, threatened, imprisoned, tortured, falsely accused, disowned and hated.

IRAN: FIVE WAYS TO PRAY

pattern

Recent events have PUT A spotlight on the nation of Iran, and their role in the Middle East. CHRISTIANS IN IRAN FACE MANY CHALLENGES FROM EXTREMIST AUTHORITIES AND THE CURRENT TENSION WILL ONLY ADD TO THE PRESSURES. HERE ARE SOME WAYS YOU CAN PRAY:  

1. Pray for the growth of Christianity

Christianity has been growing in Iran as Christians have been helping vulnerable groups. Stories have been shared of drug addicts turning to Christianity in a search for peace and a new path for themselves. Some have even formed house churches.  

  • “Please pray with us that God would protect the believers who preach the gospel in such environments, especially when they gather in the house churches,” our partner adds. “Please pray that God would keep using the weakest ones to show His glory.” 

Pray for the effect of ‘forbidden’ media 

Christian satellite TV channels from outside of Iran, along with Christians and ministries being active on social media — especially Instagram — have given people the opportunity to learn about Jesus. This increase in social media engagement has, in turn, led to an increase in the number of people coming to Christ.

The government is extremely concerned about this. They have prohibited the possession of satellite dishes (although many people still own them nevertheless) and the authorities do all they can to stop access to satellite broadcast channels and internet sites which they disapprove of, including Christian media. Part of their goal is to slow down the growth of the church.  

  • Please pray for the continued effectiveness of this ‘forbidden media’. 

Pray for more freedom for Christians  

In Iran, the only official religion is Shia Islam. Some Christians are permitted to publicly follow Jesus in very limited ways: they must belong to historical churches, and they are not allowed to worship in Farsi, the national language of Iran. And converts from Islam are certainly not allowed. The punishment for converting Muslims or for converting from Islam can be the death penalty, though this has rarely occurred. At the same time, attendance at mosques is falling – interpreted by many as lessening support for the Iranian regime. 

  • Pray that the recent waves of protest and the increasing dissatisfaction with the regime will lead to an opening up and a change in the spiritual landscape of the country.  

Pray for Christians in prison 

Many Christians are in prison in Iran.  

Both leaders and ordinary members of Christian convert groups have been arrested, prosecuted and have received long prison sentences for ‘crimes against national security’. 

Simin* attended a house church in Iran, for which she was arrested. In prison, she was even told that she may never see her daughter again. Watch her story below:

Four Iranian Christians were recently arrested in a raid on a house-church gathering. Pray for their safe and expedient release and that they would see God’s hand continue to move in their lives. One of the believers arrested is a refugee from Afghanistan. Pray that that God would bring comfort and peace in unexpected ways to this believer far from home.  

Pray too for your brother Esmaeil Narimanpour, a new convert in Iran. After being forced into ‘re-education’ sessions with an Islamic cleric, he has now been arrested. Pray that he would continue to seek and trust God in these trials. 

  • Pray for safety, strength and justice for all Christians in Iran’s prisons, and for their families as they wait for their release. 

Pray for peace 

Pray for peace in Iran and over Iran. Pray for wise governance, that the Iranian authorities will put the safety of their people above any desire for retaliation or escalated conflict. 

And pray for the peace of Christians in Iran, that they will cling to the promises of Jesus and the hope that they have in Him. Pray too that their peace will overflow into the lives of their families, workplaces and communities, and draw many to the love of God. 

PRAY NOW...
1

Heavenly Father, we pray for our brothers and sisters in Iran who risk so much to follow You. We think of those in prison for their faith; would You be with them, right now, showing them Your grace and mercy? We also think of those forced to flee the country; be with them and help them to know they aren't alone. Finally, we pray You would strengthen the courage of the underground church in Iran — thank You for their example, and may they couple wisdom with boldness. In Jesus' name, Amen.

DO SOMETHING…
  • 1
    GET THE NEW SECRET CHURCH PACK...

    All new resource pack with fresh ideas, activities and stories...

    Take the quiz
  • 2
    ORDER OUR 2024 WORLD WATCH LIST PRAYER MAP...

    With free temporary tattoo...

    Order now...
  • 3
    GIVE TO HELP A CHILD FIND A BETTER FUTURE

    Every £6 could give a month’s education to a child impacted by persecution, helping them have a brighter future.

    Give Now
NEWS
July 8, 2024

Pray for Christians in Mexico facing forced displacement, death threats and violence from criminal gangs…

Find out more
July 8, 2024

“I realized that everyone needs God, even if they don’t understand it or admit it. So, the main thing for me is to share about Him”…

Find out more
July 1, 2024

The church in North Africa is growing, with increasing numbers of people giving their lives to Jesus. But many are forced to keep their newfound faith secret because of the risk of persecution – people like Elmahdi from Morocco.

Find out more
July 1, 2024

Pray for Sister Muthu, who has being showing forgiveness to her persecutors and drawing people into God’s love…

Find out more
June 24, 2024

Pray for two boys who have been sent to prison camps simply for singing and sharing pop music from South Korea…

Find out more
June 24, 2024

Multiple Christian converts have been sentenced for ‘membership in disruptive groups’…

Find out more
June 17, 2024

Estimates suggest more than 13,200 schools in Central and West Africa were closed because of conflict, affecting the education of 2.5 million children. See how Open Doors is helping…

Find out more
June 17, 2024

It’s been a year since violence broke out in Manipur, India, displacing thousands of people. Despite the struggles, Pastor Lian, explains there is reason for hope…

Find out more
June 10, 2024

Please pray for Malu and her family, who are still hiding from the attackers who killed her father…

Find out more
June 10, 2024

Pray for student Meryem who’s secret faith was discovered by her parents, and is now being forced to stay at home…

Find out more
btn-scroll