IRAN 30 PRAYER GUIDE
PRAY FOR IRAN
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.
CURRENT PRAYER REQUESTS
Praise God: amendments stalled. Keep praying.
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...
Amendments to Iran's penal code further threaten Christians and other religious minorities
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.
How can we pray for Iran at this time?
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...
QUESTION: How to pray for Iran?
Thursday, May 23, 2019
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...
IRANIAN CHRISTIANS ASK FOR INTERCESSION FOR IRAN FOLLOWING POPULAR PROTESTS
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...
Nuclear deal: in the headlines again
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...
Intensified harassment by Iran's judiciary
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....
Rouhani begins second term as Iran’s president
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...
Presidential elections approaching: prayers needed
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...
Millions across Iran mourn death of Imam Reza
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...
Iran’s universities: strong thanks to international collaboration
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...
450 Iranian social media users arrested for ‘immoral posts’
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...
Human rights: Iran says it wants to talk
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...
Iran’s Kurds clash with Revolutionary Guards: time to pray for peace
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...
Rouhani's presidency, facing criticism
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...
Newspapers: the political flash point where the journalists suffer
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.
Testing missiles, testing nerves
Friday, April 8, 2016
Early in March Iran tested several ballistic missiles, some with a range of over 1,000 miles. The footage of the missile tests broadcast around the world has tested diplomatic nerves abroad; and political nerves at home.
Abroad, the cry went up that Iran had violated the 2015 nuclear agreement and sanctions should be reimposed. Iran staunchly defended its right...
Elections: A significant moment for Iran
Friday, March 18, 2016
Late February witnessed elections for both Iran’s Majlis (parliament) and the Assembly of Experts, a body of men with one function: to choose the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic. The outcome could have a noticeable impact on Iran’s future.
The parliamentary elections are being heralded as a victory for political pragmatists (those who are willing to...
Crucial elections will shape Iran’s future
Thursday, February 18, 2016
On 26 February, Iranians will go to the ballot box for two important elections: firstly, for Iran’s parliament; secondly, for the ‘Assembly of Experts’.
The 290-seat parliament has serious influence: it can issue formal questions to the executive and must approve the annual budget, ministerial appointments, and all international treaties. The Guardian Council...
Execution increases Saudi-Iran tension
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Earlier this month Sunni Saudi Arabia executed Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a Shia cleric (and 46 others). There was outrage in Shia Tehran and the Saudi embassy was sacked by angry crowds. Diplomatic relations between Iran and Saudi are now frozen. The episode has ramped up tension in the already very tense Middle East. This is an important time for Christians to pray for...