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
Pray for a prisoner: Nasser
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...
40 Days of Prayer for Afghanistan
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...
Iran: one of the most oppressive places to be a Christian
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...
Pray for persecuted brothers & sisters this Christmas
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...
Shepherds and wise men: coming to worship Jesus
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...
Second Iranian Christian lashed for taking communion wine
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...
12 believers in a village of 100
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...
A prayer need: Sam, Maryam and 2-year-old Lydia
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...
An answered prayer: 2 salvations following a 3-hour prayer walk
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...
Three Christian leaders forced to flee Iran
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...
Shirin: from outcast to evangelist
Friday, July 31, 2020
Shirin has not had an easy life. At a moment of personal crisis she was deeply wounded and then abandoned by her family. She became an outcast.
When a Christian couple took her and her young daughter in, Shirin had her first taste of the love of Christ. In their care, she came to know Jesus and began to walk with Him as a disciple.
Pastor Farshid shares Jesus with 245,000+
Thursday, May 28, 2020
In the past month more than 245,000 Persian-speakers have heard Pastor Farshid Fathi - who spent five years in prison in Iran for his Christian faith - sharing via Instagram about the forgiveness of Christ.
Ahmad is a celebrity Iranian kickboxer who, after leaving Iran for a neighbouring country, became friends with Farshid. On his popular Instagram account (...
Pray for Iranian Christians suffering this Christmas
Thursday, December 19, 2019
This Christmas, we ask you to take a few minutes to pray for those in Iran who are suffering for their faith in Jesus. Please pray for:
Those imprisoned for their faith, including Rokhsareh Ghanbari, a lady in her sixties who is serving a one-year sentence.
Ebrahim Firouzi, who was released from prison in October 2019 and has now been exiled for two years to a remote...
Ebrahim Firouzi exiled following release from prison
Friday, November 22, 2019
Christian convert Ebrahim Firouzi has been exiled to a remote part of Iran, following his release from prison on 26th October. He was imprisoned for six years.
A friend reports Ebrahim as saying, "God was in control when I went to prison, and I am sure he will still be in control in my exile. He will show me His ways in His own time." Ebrahim is said to be in...
Young believers under pressure from families
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Please pray with us for teenage believers in Iran under intense pressure from family members because of their conversion.
We’ve recently heard from a number of Christian young people who are struggling with the daily stress of living with antagonistic parents. While whole families do sometimes come to faith together, still there are many young people who are...
Hundreds baptized recently in Iran region
Thursday, August 22, 2019
We praise God that hundreds of new Iranian and Afghan believers have been baptized in recent months in cities across the Iran region.
Those baptized include some of the teenagers who were deeply impacted recently by an Elam youth discipleship conference.
The large-scale baptisms have been occasions of great joy and celebration, often lasting from morning...
35 house churches planted thanks to Safar
Monday, August 5, 2019
At least 35 new house churches have been planted directly as a result of Safar since its launch in 2018. We praise God that this innovative 1-to-1 discipleship process is not only helping disciple individuals, but is also proving to be a powerful tool for growing the Iranian church.
As thousands of new believers are discipled through this highly relational and...
25 years on: Remembering Rev. Tateos Michaelian
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
It is 25 years since the tragic murder of Rev. Tateos Michaelian in Iran.
Rev. Michaelian, a brilliant scholar and translator as well as pastor, was killed in June 1994, just weeks after agreeing with Sam Yeghnazar (Elam's founder) to take a leading role in Elam’s new Bible translation project. Following Tateos's death, the endeavour was named ‘the...
Iranian advisor advocates harsher treatment of converts
Monday, June 24, 2019
A member of Iran’s Expediency Council (an advisory body for Iran's supreme leader) stated in a recent interview that Muslims who convert to Christianity deserve the death penalty, whether “man or woman, boy or girl."
The comments of this council member - Seyed-Hashem Bathaee - are the latest in a long tradition of public rhetoric against Christianity from the...
Iran’s Intelligence minister admits ‘Christianity is spreading’
Thursday, May 23, 2019
"Christianity is spreading in parts of Iran," announced Mahmoud Alavi, Iran’s Minister of Intelligence during a speech to Shia Muslim clerics at Qom (an Iranian city full of Islamic seminaries) on May 4th.
Alavi also confirmed that his Intelligence ministry has been summoning Christian converts for questioning. This is a public admission of the systematic violation...