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
The not-so-Shia state
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
We've long been aware of the widespread disillusionment with the regime in Iran among ordinary Iranians.
Now 'The Economist' is reporting it too:
"The spiritual gap between Iran’s Shia ayatollahs and the people they rule is widening. The strictures of the theocracy and the doctrine of Shia supremacy alienate many. So...
Iranians disillusioned with Islam, according to survey
Monday, September 28, 2020
A new survey by a secular research body has shed new light on the religious leanings of ordinary Iranians.
In the survey by Netherlands-based researchers GAMAAN, 1.5% of respondents identified as Christian. This means that there are almost certainly over one million Christians in Iran, confirming what observers have been saying for several years about...
"Jesus, have you forgotten us?"
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Maryam*, a single mum with two young children, has been following Jesus for about a year. Amid the coronavirus lockdown Maryam lost her job and - with no income - her cupboards soon became bare.
Finally, one agonising night, Maryam had to put her kids to bed hungry. In anguish she cried out, “Jesus, have you forgotten us?”
As she slept, Maryam had a...
Amid serious coronavirus outbreak, Iran needs our prayers
Friday, February 28, 2020
You've likely heard that Iran has been hit with an outbreak of the coronavirus.
I want to ask you to pray with us for this situation, which is having a significant impact on Iranian society as a whole, as well as on the church.
While Iran's government has acknowledged 139 cases of infection and 19 deaths, from our people on the ground, we are aware...
Widespread protests - pray for those affected
Thursday, December 19, 2019
You may be aware that ongoing popular protests sprang up across Iran in mid-November. Initially sparked by a sudden rise in fuel prices, the protestors soon started expressing a broader range of grievances.
We would like to ask you to pray for the nation of Iran at this time of confusion, deep frustration, and grief. We have heard many stories from people who have...
Protestor's death highlights discrimination against women in Iran
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
The recent death of an Iranian female football fan has refocused attention on the discrimination women face at every turn in Iran.
On 2nd September Sahar Khodayari was charged with ‘appearing in public without a hijab (headscarf),’ after having tried to enter a football stadium disguised as a man in March. She set herself on fire in protest and died in hospital...
Ramadan: a time to pray
Thursday, May 23, 2019
Along with the rest of the Muslim world, Iran is currently fasting for the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Restaurants and cafes are obliged to close so that people abstain from eating, drinking and smoking during daylight hours.
At night everything changes. There is almost a festival atmosphere in the air. Families and friends gather to break the fast as night...
Devastating floods: an update
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Thank you for praying with us as Iran has been suffering widespread and devastating flooding. Please continue to pray: although the story is no longer in the headlines, the nation is still in the midst of a catastrophe.
76 have now been reported dead with many people still missing. Hundreds of thousands remain displaced and grieving. The damage caused is reportedly...
Floods devastating Iran: prayer urgently needed
Thursday, April 4, 2019
Heavy rains have caused severe floods to sweep across Iran in the past two weeks, causing widespread destruction of homes, communities and infrastructure, and causing the deaths of at least 62 people. Iran is shocked and grieving.
Watch a video of the flooding in one city [disturbing scenes].
After suffering from a decades-long...
'The Girls of Revolution Street'
Friday, February 23, 2018
A number of women across Iran have been publicly protesting against the compulsory hijab (head scarf). In a movement which began on 27th December 2017, women have been removing their head coverings in public and posting images and videos of themselves on social media as acts of civil disobedience. The government has now arrested dozens of these women, dubbed ‘The Girls...
Iran grieving following devastating earthquake
Thursday, November 30, 2017
At least 445 Iranians were killed and over 7000 injured* after a devastating earthquake struck the Iran-Iraq border on 12 November 2017.
This has been reported as the deadliest quake in the world this year. The earthquake was felt as far as Kuwait, Qatar, Turkey, Lebanon, Israel and the United Arab Emirates. At least 7 people were also killed in Iraq.
Popular Persian festival: an opportunity for evangelism
Thursday, December 8, 2016
As family and friends gather together to celebrate the popular Persian festival of Yalda Night (or Shab-e Yalda) on 21 December, Christians in Iran have a great opportunity to share their faith. They would appreciate prayer for their boldness, for anointed words, and for their protection.
Yalda Night is a holiday celebrated by all Iranians, regardless of...
Air pollution: thousands die annually in Tehran
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Tehran is an important city, but breathing is a consistent problem: 3,000 people die a year because of air pollution.
Carbon monoxide from thousands of cars is kept hanging in the air for hours because the Alborz Mountains in the east of the city traps the winds coming from the west. Periodic sand storms don’t help. The problem has been getting a lot worse. ...
Iran celebrates and mourns at the Paralympics
Friday, September 23, 2016
Iran is celebrating 24 medals at the Paralympic games, including 8 golds, but there is also mourning over the death of cyclist Bahman Golbarnezhad. The athlete, who died on Sunday 18 September following a crash in a race the previous day, is the first athlete to die during a Paralympic competition. A moment’s silence was observed in Iran to mark Golbarnezhad’s death...
Pokemon Go: another ban that won’t work in internet-savvy Iran
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
‘Iran, first country to ban Pokemon Go’ ran the headlines earlier this month. And then a little further down the story the journalist would explain how internet-savvy young Iranians are already trying to work out how to get round this latest ban.
Iran’s attempts to control the internet have generally not been successful. Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and Telegram...
Iran mourns death of film director Abbas Kiarostami
Monday, July 25, 2016
On 4th July Abbas Kiarostami died, aged 76. He was Iran’s most famous film director.
There were many tributes. Martin Scorsese said he was ‘deeply shocked and saddened’; President Rouhani said Kiarostami’s work was an ‘everlasting achievement.’ For the funeral on the 10th of July thousands lined the streets of Tehran to say farewell.
Ramadan: raising questions
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Along with the rest of the Muslim world, Iran is fasting this month from dawn to night fall. On the street restaurants and cafes will be closed. There will be no eating, not a sip of water should be drunk during the day.
At night it is all change. There is almost a festival atmosphere in the air. Usually families and friends will gather to break the fast as...
Marriage: Christian counselling is needed – and is happening
Friday, May 6, 2016
Marriage isn’t doing so well in Iran these days. The divorce rate has shot up by 65% in the last ten years, and now nearly 50% of men and women who are of the normal marriage age are still single. Such is the concern that even the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, has urged the government to address the issue.
The church is already at work. Much pastoral time...
Judiciary and juveniles; religion keeps the noose at work
Friday, April 8, 2016
Iran holds an unpleasant record.
It is the number one country in the world for sentencing juveniles (under 18s) to death by hanging. After the juvenile reaches 18, the sentence is often carried out.
According to the human rights group Amnesty International, between 2005 and 2015 Iran executed 73 young people who had been convicted as juveniles. The method...
Execution: Highest level in more than 25 years
Friday, March 18, 2016
Executions in Iran surged to nearly 1,000 in 2015, the highest level in more than a quarter of a century, the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in Iran reported last week. It is also one of only a few countries that still hangs juvenile offenders.
In Geneva last week, Dr Ahmed Shaheed reported to the UN Human Rights Council that at least 966 people were...