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
Tuesday, February 7, 2023
Our hearts are breaking for Turkey and Syria. Two massive earthquakes on February 6th have caused unthinkable devastation. The death toll is in the thousands and is rapidly rising. Countless families are homeless or displaced, sheltering outside in freezing conditions.
There are many Iranian Christian refugees in Turkey and many Persian-speaking churches. Having connected with some of the pastors and leaders, I know they are witnessing deep suffering.
Tuesday, October 18, 2022
Iran has been enduring deep suffering and the situation is getting even harder. For over 43 years people of all backgrounds and faiths have suffered injustice, oppression, and persecution under the Islamic regime. Recent weeks have shown once again that the Iranian government is willing to commit crimes against its own people. We all long for a day when Iranians can live in a more righteous society without fear of their government.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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. ...
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...
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...
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.