Today is the Islamic Republic of Iran’s birthday. The nation has been marking ten days of celebration for the 36th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, which took place on 11 February 1979, and which overthrew the constitutional monarchy. The ‘Ten-Day Dawn festivities’ culminate today in nationwide rallies.
But while there has been outward celebration, it is a period when many have been quietly mourning the suffering and oppression that the Revolution -and the efforts to uphold it- has inflicted upon so many. Iran’s Revolutionary Guards are charged with protecting the Revolution and their methods of rooting out dissident voices are rigorous and often brutal. This is why Christians are in prison: although they are not political in any way, they are seen as a threat to the Islamic principles of the Revolution.
For Christians who love Iran today is a day for intercession for this nation. Here are a few things you can pray for on Iran’s birthday: