Iran  

Christianity in Iran Rank: 9
Score: 77/100
2013 Rank: 08
Leader: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Government: Islamic Republic
Main Religion: Islam
Population: 77.2 million (450,000 Christians)
Source of persecution: Islamic extremism

Christian Persecution in IranSince Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s warning in 2010 of the ever-expanding influence and numbers of house churches, the treatment of Christians has rapidly worsened. The regime tries to destroy those who reach out to converts and seekers by monitoring services, arresting converts, banning Farsi language services and closing some churches. Attacks against Christian communities have increased, and the prohibition of house church activities is enforced more strictly. Yet the regime’s harsh treatment of Christians only further fuels the flames of church growth.

PRAY:

  • Preaching, evangelism and publishing Christian books in the Farsi language is illegal. Pray for protection for those seeking to spread God’s Word inside the country.
  • It is said that children of political and spiritual leaders are leaving Islam for Christianity. Pray that more Muslims will discover the truth of the gospel.
  • At least 40 Christians are in prison for their faith. Ask the Lord to sustain them.

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  • http://www.freerepublic.com/~forgivensinner/ jjvors

    O dear Father! Feed the flock of God in Iran! Use the closure of the Farsi church in Tehran to spread the gospel further among the Farsi speaking people of Iran! Magnify Your Name! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mlordi1 Marianne Lordi

    Please Lord Jesus, give hope to your people in Iran. Strengthen them and bless them. Let them know you are with them. I pray that many Iranian Muslims will have their eyes opened to the truth and come to a saving knowledge of the gospel. Amen

  • RICARDO JAGGERNAUTH

    Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer.Behold the devil shall cast some of you into prison,that ye may be tried,and ye shall have tribulation 10 days;be thou faithful unto death,and I will give thee a crown of life. [REV.2:10]

  • http://www.facebook.com/greersferrybum Kevin McMahan

    Praying for wisdom and encouragement for pastors and believers as they look for opportunities to gather today to worship and praise the Lord. Praying through 2 Th 2:16-17.

  • http://www.facebook.com/heidi.whitney1 Heidi Whitney

    Holy Lord, God of the Universe and Ruler of all mankind, Be blessed now and forever. Amen. Shed your light abroad in Iran, and bring many people out of the darkness into the Light of Jesus Christ your Son. Open the hearts of the authorities, Lord, and bring them into your kindgom. Turn many people towards you, Father, and bless them with Your Holy Spirit moving among all the people of the land of Iran.
    Protect and guide your children in this land, Holy One, and gather in the outcast and the needy. Be to our brothers and sisters in this dark and dangerous land, a shield and a fortress. Guard them, cover them, and be their right hand, according to Your mercy and love and your might. In the name of our beloved Savior, Jesus Christ, we ask this. Amen.

  • Felicity

    May your enemies see the Christ in you. His joy is your strength, your peace and source of blessings in the midst of your trials. Sing praises to His Name.

  • Teresa

    Heavenly Father in Jesus name I lift up the church in Iran and ask you to give them courage and boldness to keep sharing the good news with the lost. Comfort them in persecution, putting an invisible shield of protection around about them. Let your perfect will be done in the Iranian church, pour out your Holy Spirit on them and empower them to turn Iran upside down for Jesus in whose name I pray.

  • Larry Lewis

    Abba, Father, I thank you for the great love you have for ALL the people of Iran. Almighty and Eternal Father, I pray for our brothers and sisters in this predominantly Islamic nation that your Holy Spirit would come and descend upon these people You love so much!
    I pray that their will be a great outpouring of Your Spirit on all flesh within this great country and, that their hearts would be changed and the “blinders” would no longer block their vision that they may see Your Son , Jesus for Who He really is : their Saviour and King !!!! amen & amen

  • Remek

    Dear God – please bless your Church in Iran. Whatever that means. In Jesus’ name.

  • stephen houghton

    show them the way lord Abraham,s great descendant the messiah Jesus show them dreams visions and confirm it twice farther help them to follow come lord Jesus and protect Israel

  • Sis Anita

    Our savior Jesus Christ is a good God rich in mercy and slow to anger. We pray in the name of our Lord and savior for our enemies that God will touch their hearts to see their messiah & to receive him as LORD and saviour as only through him is the salvation. LORD Jesus says in the book of MATHEW CHP 5 11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
    May the LORD give courage and strength to the persecute Christians in Iran to glorify his holy name. We bless all those who persecute us in LORD Jesus Christ holy name. Amen

  • http://www.facebook.com/lori.deen.9 Lori Deen

    Lord Jesus, Only you can take what we see has hopeless pain and interuption in life as your dinvine intervention that will bring you the most glory. I pray that you peace will cover each of my brothers in sisters when it is not humanly possible. You are the great and pwerful god that we love and serve. May your swill be done through this percuction. To you be all glory and honor.

  • Amy

    Lord, we come this morning to lift up the nation of Iran and all of our brothers and sisters who live there. I pray first for Pastor Nadharkani and I thank You for having released him from prison! I know that believers around the world were praying so fervently for him and that You chose in Your sovereignty to allow him to be released. Thank You. I now pray for him and his family as he makes a very difficult transition to life after prison. I know that this must be a very difficult time for him and those around him… and that he is not out of danger yet. Please help him to adjust and help his family to know how to help him adjust. Please protect him from any more arrests or attacks as he continues to want to serve You with the time that You have given back to him.

    I also pray for Your justice in Iran for all of the Christians who are under trial or even just persecution because of their faith. I pray that each Christian who is in prison right now would receive Your justice and that, if possible, they would be freed and reunited with their families. I know that You are sovereign and that You make decisions for the maximization of Your glory – and so all of these requests are submitted to Your will. I also pray for the lawyers who attempt to defend Christians in court and ask that You would protect them and cover them and give them supernatural wisdom in all things.

    Finally, I pray for the Iranian Mslms, some of whom are becoming very disillusioned about Islm and are becoming more open to Christianity. I pray for You to open doors for them to know about You and to know You personally. I ask that You would give each one an opportunity to make a choice for You with understanding – whether it’s through another believer or a dream or Christian materials. I pray that not one Iranian would go through life without at least being given a chance to say YES to You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

  • Debi White

    Father, I pray for Pastor Nadharkani and his family as they reunite and heal from his imprisonment. Grant them peace courage, and resolve to continue to proclaim fearlessly the good news of Jesus Christ. Let the seed, that died bring forth a harvest of righteousness and new believers. Protect them and their church as they go forward. Bring revival to this land that once was the birthplace of the first century churches. Redeem them, oh God of our salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord! Amen

  • Marisol Ortega

    We pray Father, in Jesus name, and by the precious blood that He shed for us, we ask you to show yourself sovereign in Iran Lord. We ask you for the protection, safety and readjusment to life after prison of Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani. We thank you Lord that his life is in your hands. We bind the devil and all of his evil schemes against pastor Nadarkhani and We declare that no weapon formed against him shall prosper. We thank you Lord that your peace that surpasses all understanding guards his heart and mind. We ask you, Lord, for justice for the Christian prisoners and for the lawyers who try to defend them. Be their lawyer Lord; show yourself faithful as you are. Glorify yourself upon each and every case. We ask you also to glorify yourself with salvation for all of the Muslims. We ask you to make them surrender before you as you did with Paul. In Jesus Name, Amen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/misty.sundbeckgallahan Misty Sundbeck Gallahan

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    Lord, I come to You today thanking You for Your church in Iran. Lord, I pray that believers will be comforted even in the midst of persecution. I imagine it must be devastating to see the church you are attending closed. Lord, I pray for Pastor Nadharkani and his family as he is adjusting to life after prison. I am sure there are many emotional battles he will have to overcome. Give him strength and comfort Lord. I also pray that justice will prevail in the cases of Christian prisoners and that those who defend them will not be threatened and endangered. There is a harvest of souls among disillusioned Iranian Muslims. Lord, please use Your harvesters to reap many more believers in Iran. Let them learn about and come to love and know Jesus! May many hearts in this country become Yours! In the Precious Name of Jesus, Amen!!!!!

  • http://lambservant.blogdspot.com/ Lori

    Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Your name. May Your name become hallowed in Iran. May your kingdom come to Iran, and Your will be done in Iran as it is in heaven. Give them today all that they need, forgive us our neglect to pray for our brothers and sisters there in Iran, and for the people who do not know you there to come to you. Help us Lord, to forgive those who persecute in Iran. Lead them not into temptation, but deliver them from the evil one. I pray your Spirit will continue to reap a harvest there despite the persecution, and that the leaders and politicos of Iran will come to Christ. Set the captives free we pray. For those like Saeed who are incarcerated, would you give them physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual strength and in their weakness be bold nonetheless to preach the good news to those around them. May they rejoice in knowing You and suffering for You. Glorify Yourself in Iran Lord, for Yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever, AMEN!

    • Ken Palmer

      Yes, Lord. In Jesus Name.

  • steve cluxton

    AMEN. I STAND IN AGREEMENT WITH THIS PRAYER PRAISE JESUS. Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Your name. May Your name become hallowed in Iran. May your kingdom come to Iran, and Your will be done in Iran as it is in heaven. Give them today all that they need, forgive us our neglect to pray for our brothers and sisters there in Iran, and for the people who do not know you there to come to you. Help us Lord, to forgive those who persecute in Iran. Lead them not into temptation, but deliver them from the evil one. I pray your Spirit will continue to reap a harvest there despite the persecution, and that the leaders and politicos of Iran will come to Christ. Set the captives free we pray. For those like Saeed who are incarcerated, would you give them physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual strength and in their weakness be bold nonetheless to preach the good news to those around them. May they rejoice in knowing You and suffering for You. Glorify Yourself in Iran Lord, for Yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever, AMEN!

  • Susan

    Dear Lord & Savior, I pray that you sustain those Christians in prison for their faith and protection to all who need it in Iran. Bring them to a place of Peace Lord. Thank you and bright blessings to all Christians who are praying.

  • Leah Hess

    In the Name of the God of Israel we speak blessings to those who are suffering for His Name and honor!!! He will send you help from His sanctuary for in HIS Name the Gentiles trust. He is our God forever and ever. Amen!

  • Brian

    Father, give strength to those weary in persecution! May your Word (written and spoken) spread like a Holy fire among the people in Iran! Give rest to the families of those imprisoned and tortured for your gospel! Strengthen their hearts with Your peace and comfort! Give all believers a boldness to speak your word in and out of prison without fear! Sustain those who are weak!

  • Nancy Hanna Fehringer

    Father God,
    Your children in Iran

  • Tamara Scott

    Praying in solidarity with all of my fellow brothers & sisters in Christ for Rev. Avanessian, the persecutors & persecuted people of Iran.

  • Tracey

    Heavenly Father, I pray that your love and protection will surround all who are being persecuted in your name . Please give them strength to continue their fight and stand strong against the ones who try and harm them and who try to refute your word. Please bring them help, healing and peace through this time.

  • Nicki McKee

    Father, thank YOU that there is no plan of man which can thwart Your plans to expand Your kingdom in Iran. Thank You for those who are suffering on behalf of Jesus Christ, in prison and in society there in general. Use them and encourage them daily as they serve You.

  • Amy

    Lord, I come to You this morning on behalf of the nation of Iran. I know that You love the people of this country and that You died for them and that You desire to do something new in their land and to save the people there. Firstly I want to pray for Pastor Avanessian. You know his situation and what the government is trying to do to him, and his health condition. I ask that You would be Immanuel, God with him, during this time – that he would not fear or give in to doubt or discouragement, but trust that You will see him through no matter what You decide needs to happen. I pray that You would help him be able to trust Your will and to surrender his life to Your plans for him. I do ask that You would have mercy on him and cause the jury/government to show mercy because of his health condition. I pray that his friends and family would rally around him and support him as tangible representatives of You being the ultimate One with him. Please also heal his body of the diseases that he suffers from and restore him to health in Jesus’ name.
    I pray for all of the evangelists and Christians that are in Iran right now, seeking to spread Your name and Your Word to all who will listen. I ask for Your protection over them and Your wisdom to be given to them so they are not trapped or tricked. I pray especially those who speak Farsi and are attempting to spread Your Word through the Farsi language, where many churches have been banned and a lot of literature banned as well. I pray that You would grant them creative ideas and ways of reaching out to people. I also pray that the hearts of the Iranians would be opened to You so that there is fertile ground that is ready to receive Your gospel.
    I pray specifically for the Mslms in Iran, which are many. I know that many of them ARE hearing the truth about Christianity and are being drawn to it, and that’s amazing! I pray that this would continue and increase – that more Mslms would be drawn to Your unconditional love and Your promise of eternal relationship to all who would believe in You… as opposed to the harsh obedience required in Islm. I pray that those who are reaching out specifically to Mslms are given wisdom and understanding of the best way to do this and that many would come to know You!
    Lastly, I pray for all of the Christians who are currently in prison in Iran. I cannot imagine the conditions they must be facing. In the natural it seems too much to bear or to handle. But I know that Your grace is able to rise up to meet any challenge and that You will be with them in ways that we will never understand. I ask that You would draw even closer to the prisoners today and that You would give them a special touch from Your Holy Spirit as they are sitting and lying in their rooms. I don’t know how You do it, but I know You do it and I know that You can sustain what seems absolutely impossible to sustain. I also ask for their release as soon as possible – that none of them would stay in prison a second longer than You’ve ordained them to stay. Please just bring them comfort today and provision and everything else they need. It’s really hard to think about them suffering there for that long… but I know that You have a plan and that Your choices are always the best ones. Bless them today in Jesus’ name and protect them from the evil one. In Jesus’ name, amen.

  • nicholette dusseau

    Crushed, squeezed flat, running forth, no matter the pain, the losses, those who believe in Christ Jesus will never betray Him nor leave HIs ever lasting loving, comforting arms for they know they live today and for forever in eternity in Heaven rejoicing, Holy, Holy, Holy, Set Apart in Jesus.. Amen

  • daleetaylor

    Lord Jesus please protect our brothers and sisters, and fill their lives with love, mercy, grace, peace and hope that only you can give. Jesus Your love is the greatest love the world has ever known. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

  • Shahyad Salehi

    Heavenly father in Jesus name guide Iranians to be your children, help us to love everyone even our enemies. we are thirsty for your words. teach us bible.

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