During the 40 days of Lent I’m committed to praying each day for Christians in the 40 countries where the cost of being a follower of Christ is highest. I invite you to do the same. The information on the prayer needs of each country comes from a combination of Open Doors, Barnabas Fund and Operation World.
Today we are praying for Iran
Although the constitution gives Christianity a protected status, all Christians including those from the historic denominations are subject to discrimination in many areas of life. The government monitors church activities and events closely and numerous believers have been arrested and threatened. In November 2010 a pastor Youcef Nadarkahani was sentenced to death for apostasy and is awaitng an apeal against his sentence.
Challenge for Prayer
The many promises of the Islamic Revolution, made over 30 years ago, have yet to materialize. The peace and prosperity that strict adherence to Islam was supposed to deliver have never materialized. Instead, a legacy of bloodshed, cruelty, injustice, extremism and economic deprivation discredits the conservative religious leaders and the narrow brand of Islam they promote. Repression, corruption, injustice and human rights abuses are frequent; religious leadership controls the police, army and judicial system. Strong allegations of fraud in the 2009 elections sparked widespread and continued protests, an indication of the frustration felt by millions. Pray that corruption and repression might end and a government that provides true justice and safety for all be established.
- For the nurture of new believers coming to faith from a Muslim background.
- For the leaders of the Iranian church.
- That the government will allow Christians to practice their faith in peace.