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You are invited to join the global prayer movement for Iran.

Discover this spiritually thirsty land. Pray across 30 days. Transform the spiritual future of a nation.


Before the Islamic revolution of 1979, there were fewer than 500 Christians from a Muslim background in Iran. In 2020, many estimate there are a million or more. Despite severe persecution, the church is growing rapidly.


Prayer has been a vital part of the story of Iran’s church. In the 1950s a group of believers met every night for four years to pray for Iran’s millions. Today, as persecution continues, the need for prayer is as great as ever. With faithful intercession, Iran can become a strategic missionary-sending nation to the entire Middle East and beyond.


Iran 30’s short, easy-to-read prayer topics will help you play your part in the beautiful story God is writing for Iran and beyond.



Thursday, May 23, 2024

Iran is back in the headlines after President Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Amirabdollahian, and six others were killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday.

Iran is officially in a five-day period of mourning. But many ordinary Iranians are not truly grieving. It is widely accepted that Raisi - known as the "Butcher of Tehran" - was responsible for the execution of thousands of political prisoners in the 1980s.

Thursday, April 25, 2024

Last week, tensions rapidly mounted in the Middle East following Iran's missile attack on Israel on April 13th.

Thank you for praying into this situation. We are thankful that the enmity between Iran and Israel seems to have, for now, moved away from boiling point and returned to a simmer.

Monday, April 15, 2024

As we watch the latest crisis in the Middle East unfold, Christians in Iran are on their knees praying for peace.

One Christian in western Iran, who lives near where the Iranian rockets were launched, said, “I heard each rocket being fired. It was so loud and frightening. The sky turned red for what seemed like hours. I prayed that God would have mercy on all of us. That no one would perish and that the war would not escalate.”

Thursday, October 26, 2023

Over the past few weeks, Iranian Christians have been praying for peace in the Middle East. Deeply grieved by the suffering and turmoil being endured by ordinary people, Iranian believers have been praying particularly for:

Friday, July 31, 2020

Recently, prayer was requested after Iran's parliament proposed worrying amendments to the penal code – amendments which would make convicting Christian converts and other unrecognized religious groups easier. In an answer to prayer, the Guardian Council (which vets all legislation) has sent the draft amendments back to the parliament for clarifications.
As a result...

Monday, July 6, 2020

There is an urgent need to pray in light of a new legal threat to Christians and other minorities in Iran.

The Iranian parliament has recently approved amendments to two articles of the Penal Code. These changes - if approved by the Guardian Council - make it easier for judges to convict and punish those they see as deviant, like Christian converts.


Friday, January 10, 2020

Two days ago, at our annual staff retreat, we woke up to the news that Iran had targeted two US military bases in Iraq. Tensions around the globe were high. That morning our team prayed, along with many others.
Our team includes people from many nations, including Iranians and Americans. There was a remarkable love and unity as we all prayed together. I wish you could...

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Dear friends,
Many have asked me how they should pray for Iran given the current political situation.
I have just returned from a conference on prayer in the Iran region with more than 150 of our leaders. We looked together at the Lord’s Prayer and I was struck afresh by the significance of the line: 'Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it...

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Elam Ministries and Iranian Christians are asking the global church to intercede for Iran following the recent popular protests that swept through the country.
From 28 December 2017, many Iranian cities and towns witnessed popular protests for several days. Clashes with the authorities led to at least 21 people being killed, and as many as one thousand...

Friday, October 20, 2017

Last week, US President Donald Trump declined to certify that Tehran was complying with the terms of a landmark 2015 agreement aimed at controlling Iran's nuclear programme. Mr Trump said Iran had violated the terms of the deal and he wanted to see the agreement toughened.
Mr Trump announced treasury department sanctions on Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards and...

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

In a clear escalation of hostility towards the church, Iran has recently sentenced 12 Christians to 10 years or more in prison on charges related to their Christian faith and ministry....

Friday, July 7, 2017

Iran’s presidential election on 19th May saw incumbent Hassan Rouhani win a landslide victory against hardline opponent Raisi.
Despite his wide margin, Rouhani faces considerable challenges, both at home and abroad, as he embarks on his second term. He badly needs to demonstrate progress on overhauling the struggling economy.
During his first term Rouhani...

Thursday, April 6, 2017

In May, Iranians will go to the polls to elect their president for the next four-year term. Although the president has less authority than the Supreme Leader, he does have significant sway in some areas. So the pending vote could profoundly affect the lives of ordinary Iranians, including underground Christian believers.
Each presidential candidate will be...

Thursday, December 8, 2016

On 30 November millions across Iran gathered together to mourn the death of Imam Reza, Shia Islam’s eighth Imam. On this national holiday, millions of black-clad mourners took part in processions, or went on pilgrimage to the Imam’s colossal shrine in Mashhad, eastern Iran.  But the scale of popular participation paints a misleading picture of religious commitment in...

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Iran’s academic record is impressive, especially in science and technology. In these fields Iran’s output is eleven times higher than the average. Iran is also strong in the other sciences such as engineering, medicine, physics, chemistry and biology. 
There are at least two reasons for this achievement. One is Iran’s disciplined high school system where there...

Friday, September 23, 2016

About 450 social media users were arrested or summoned and warned by Iran’s cyber police during the summer.  Administrators of groups on apps such as Instagram, Telegram and WhatsApp were targeted, a website linked to the Revolutionary Guards reported. "These people were carrying out immoral activities, had insulted religious beliefs or had illegal activities in the...

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The United Nations, Amnesty International, and ordinary people all want to talk about Iran’s judiciary and its human rights record. So does the head of Iran’s judiciary, Ayatollah Larijani. He made the offer in a speech on August 3rd.
Iran has the second highest number of recorded executions in the world, after China, for which there are no exact figures...

Monday, July 25, 2016

There are at least 30 million people of Kurdish ethnicity in the world. Most Kurds live in parts of eastern and south-eastern Turkey, western Iran, northern Iraq, and northern Syria, though Kurds can also be found in many other nations around the world today.
Many Kurds in the Middle East want their own autonomous nation. But Iran’s six million Kurds have been...

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

President Rouhani is facing severe criticism from conservatives.
The understanding was that Rouhani would revive Iran’s economy by getting sanctions lifted as a part of a nuclear deal with the West.
The deal has been signed and is in effect, but the economy has not yet revived.
Investors are interested, but there is still caution, because though UN...

Friday, May 6, 2016

Newspapers have long been a flash point between moderate and hard-line politicians. Back in the 1990’s under President Khatami, newspapers started questioning the judiciary. The response was ferocious. Newspapers were closed down and journalists were arrested. As the judiciary reports directly to the Supreme Leader, President Khatami was unable to act. 
It’s the...











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