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
SUFFERING BUT GROWING CHURCH
Friday, August 25, 2023
Recently, Elam's executive director, David Yeghnazar, had the privilege of talking in depth with a courageous church planter, Morad*, who spent months in detention for his faith earlier this year.
Morad shared that whenever he was allowed out in the prison yard for his daily exercise, he would pray and worship. “In the Spirit,” he explained, “I could clearly sense the prayers of other believers with me… this really carried me.”
Monday, June 26, 2023
Thank you for praying for Christians suffering for their faith in Iran using our monthly Persecuted but not forsaken resource. We are delighted to report good news regarding three individuals.
In April, we asked you to pray for Homayoun and Sara, a married couple preparing for retrial. Sara was serving an eight-year sentence while Homayoun, who suffers with severe Parkinson's disease, was serving two years because of involvement with house churches. Wonderfully, they were both acquitted and released on May 9th by the appeal court.
Wednesday, April 26, 2023
Thank you for praying for the Iranian church over Easter. Wonderfully, a number of Iranians put their trust in Jesus at special Easter gatherings. One of them was teenager Parvaneh, who lives in a country in the Iran region.
Parvaneh's parents are mature Christians and graduates of Elam's three-month course. They were heartbroken that their daughter's heart was hard to the Gospel. Having been counseled by their pastor, they persevered in prayer.
Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Some readers may find the following distressing.
Christian believers in Iran are facing increasingly severe persecution for their faith. A tightening of the penal code in 2021 means more believers are facing harsh sentences, and - although exact numbers are difficult to establish - it seems more Christians are being arrested and interrogated.
Tuesday, November 22, 2022
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress”
We invite you to use this month’s Persecuted but not Forsaken resource to pray for three brothers who are currently imprisoned for their faith in Iran, and to praise God for two people who have recently been released.
Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Each November, on the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, the global Church unites to pray for Christians who are enduring persecution. This year, Christians will be interceding on Sunday, November 6th.
Christians suffer persecution or discrimination in countless places around the world, as do other religious minority groups. In some places Christians are targeted with violence from hostile non-state assailants, such as in Nigeria. In others, Christians face discrimination and persecution directly from the government, such as in Iran.
Wednesday, October 19, 2022
We rejoice that Christian prisoners Nasser Navard Goltapeh and Fariba Dalir have recently been released from Evin prison, Tehran.
61-year-old Nasser was pardoned by the Supreme Leader and released on October 17th after spending nearly five years behind bars. This surprising development comes after Nasser was repeatedly denied retrial or parole over the past few years.
Thursday, July 28, 2022
Christian prisoner Mehri has recently been informed that her request to join a scheme that would allow her to see more of her three children (aged 7, 11 and 16) has been denied.
Sakine (Mehri) Behjati began serving a two-year sentence for “spreading ‘Zionist’ Christianity” in April
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
We praise God that more than 100 Iranians and Afghans went through the waters of baptism recently.
At a large service in a country near to Iran, these new believers - many of whom had come to faith as a result of recent Persian New Year outreach - made a public declaration of their faith. Among their number was Ali.
Monday, February 28, 2022
Nasser Navard Gol-Tapeh is a Christian convert who has been in Evin prison since January 2018. At age 60, he is serving a ten-year sentence for 'action against national security' because of his house church activities. A new development in Nasser's case means now is a significant time to pray again for him: in January 2022, Branch 9 of Iran's Supreme Court agreed to review his case. We can pray...
Thursday, October 28, 2021
For the last several decades, Afghanistan has been a deeply hostile context for Christians from a Muslim background. It's very likely this will only increase under the new Taliban government. Even so, there is still a courageous Afghan church inside the country that is willing to risk persecution in order to reach and disciple other Afghans.
We believe God will...
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
The international Christian ministry, Open Doors, has placed Iran as number 8 in its annual World Watch List, which ranks nations based on the persecution of Christians, with number 1 being the most oppressive.
Iran has consistently been in the 'top 10' of the World Watch List over the past decade, but Open Doors' 2021 findings are that the level of threat faced...
Tuesday, December 22, 2020
At Christmas, the Iranian authorities often ramp up pressure on Christians. There tend to be more raids of house church gatherings and arrests of believers at this time of year. So now is the time to refresh our prayers for our brothers and sisters who are facing - or could face - persecution.
Pray for protection, courage and joy for house churches this...
Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Shepherds and wise men are coming to worship Jesus.
It happened 2,000 years ago. It’s happening today in Iran.
Hassan and his family are sheep farmers. This year, they came to faith in Jesus and are faithfully sharing the Gospel with the shepherds who work for them. At night, Hassan sits out in the fields with the shepherds and shares about Jesus...
Monday, November 30, 2020
On 15th November, Zaman Fadaei - known as Saheb - was given 80 lashes as punishment for drinking wine as part of Holy Communion. Saheb's friend Youhan had similarly received 80 lashes in October in a move which was widely condemned by international observers.
Saheb, Youhan and one other from the 'Church of Iran' (a group with an unorthodox understanding of the...
Monday, November 30, 2020
When Nader left his rural life to find work in a nearby city, he had no idea that God would use him to bring the Gospel to his remote, tiny village.
A few months ago, Nader became friends with a Christian whom he met after moving to the city. Convinced by what his friend said about Jesus, Nader became a believer and was discipled through the Safar discipleship journey...
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
In July, an Iranian court ruled that Sam Khosravi and Maryam Falahi were unfit to continue caring for their adopted daughter, Lydia, because they are Christian converts. In September, an appeal court upheld this decision.
Now, 120 lawyers and activists from across Iran have written an open letter to the head of judiciary, Ebrahim Raisi, asking him to...
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Jaleh had been prayer-walking the streets of her city for three hours, asking God to lead her to someone with whom she could share Jesus. She'd offered to pray for a few people but no-one was interested.
She was feeling discouraged when she suddenly crossed paths with a teenage girl in great distress. Through her tears, the girl revealed that her...
Monday, August 31, 2020
A Christian couple in their mid-sixties and an unnamed house church leader have recently fled Iran after their prison sentences were confirmed at appeal.
Pastor Victor Bet Tamraz and his wife Shamiram Issavi left Iran on 15th August, the night before Shamiram was due to start serving her prison sentence. They and are now safe and well in another country...