Soroush and Eskandar (courtesy of Middle East Concern)
Soroush and Eskandar (courtesy of Middle East Concern)
Apr. 05, 2018 | Iran

Two Believers Await Ruling on Eight-Year Prison Terms

[239] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Eskander and Suroush.

Two Iranian Christians continue to await a judge’s decision on their appeal of prison sentences they received in December 2017. Eskander Rezaie and Suroush Saraie, both of whom have been previously imprisoned, face eight-year sentences if their appeal is denied. Eskander was arrested in July 2017 after hundreds of New Testaments were discovered in his home, and Suroush, a pastor, was arrested for trying to exempt the children of Christian converts from Islamic instruction. The men were hopeful that a March 8 hearing might resolve the charges against them, but the judge has not yet ruled on their appeal. Pray that the judge will overturn the sentences and that believers throughout Iran will continue to proclaim salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.

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  • Heavenly Father, we pray to grant complete and unconditional freedom to Soroush and Eskandar. Let this be another testimony of you goodness to the church in Iran. AMEN
    'Dipo O - USA
  • Abba Father, remember Eskander and Suroush and allow their situation to be used for Your glory. While we pray that their sentences be waived, we know that according to Your Word, all things will work together for good to those who love the LORD. We pray that the judge will not only overturn the sentences but that he comes to know and accept Christ.
    Everett T - USA
  • father thank you for jesus christ's blood shed on the cross. Lord I pray the judge will overturn the sentences and that believers throughout iran will continue to proclaim salvation through faith in jesus christ. Amen.
    Misha B - USA
  • Father, I ask in the name of Jesus, that you would move upon the hearts of those that would imprison Eskander & Suroush. I pray they will be released to continue your work. I pray even while in prison the Holy Spirit is moving upon hearts and many will come to Jesus through their ministry to those whose hearts will be moved. I ask in Jesus name.
    Debby S - USA
  • Father, whatever it is the You have planned for Eskander and Suroush, help them joyfully accept it and use it for your eternal purposes. Bring millions to faith in Jesus through the testimony and life of these men. Please don't allow satan to win, since he is a loser. Make him pay for what he does to Your children. Grant your kids joy in suffering.
    mark m - USA
  • Father God,
    These men's fate is entirely in your hands. I ask that their sentence would be overturned. However, if that is not your will, please give these faithful servants your strength, faith, and ability to forgive that will be required of them for whatever you chose to allow them to go through.
    In Jesus Name
    Cathleen W - USA
  • May your kingdom come, o Father. It is a small thing for you to see to the release of these men. Please do it! Send them home to their families and to the work of the gospel that caused their arrest. Please God help the judge to see your son in these men and draw him to yourself.
    Jason S - USA
  • Help these two men grow strong in their faith in God.
    Debbie V - USA
  • Dear God, please move the heart of the judge to overturn their sentences. Let others see Your work through them and come to faith. Loosen the restrictions in Iran that more may worship You more freely. We ask all according to your will. Amen.
    Delphine H - USA
  • Dear Abba, Thank You for the witness of Suroush and Eskander, may Your will be done in their lives. Work through the judge to overturn their sentences that they may continue Your work for Your glory. Most importantly, may believers throughout Iran continue to proclaim salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. In Jesus name, amen.
    Christina P - USA
  • Dear Father, may Jesus Christ be King in Iran! Bring a great awakening to this area of the world. May the government allow Christians to share Bibles and other Christian literature with others. Help this judge to rule righteously. May You be honored!
    Tricia G - USA
  • God be with these men and set them free
    Victoria B - USA
  • Lord, please encourage and sustain our brothers Eskander and Suroush as they face their trials. Only You could release them, but You are in charge Lord, and Your will be done! Hebrews 10:36 New International Version (NIV)

    36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Maranatha!
    Tony d - Philippines
  • Father, May these brothers find favor with this judge. Bring freedom to share the gospel to Iran. In Jesus name amen.
    David H - USA
  • God let the judge overturn the sentence of the believers and let your name be praised and glorified. Amen.
    Reatha G - USA
  • Father, thank You for Sourosh and Eskandar. I pray for the immediate freedom of Soroush and Eskandar. Please grant their appeal. In the Name of Yeshua, Amen.
    Kia W - USA
  • Lord, these men are safe in your hands, and I pray for perseverance and patience as they await a ruling. Please allow them to be released, Lord, so that they can continue to spread your truth in Iran. Give them peace that whatever you allow will ultimately be for the best. Comfort the families and friends who miss them and strengthen them all.
    Jackie V - USA
  • Father let these believers rejoice and be glad, for their reward in heaven is great; for in the same way
    the prophets were persecuted who were before them. Let them rejoice in their sufferings for your
    sake, as in their flesh they do their share on behalf of Christ's body, which is the church, in filling up
    what is lacking in Christ's afflictions.
    Kendall P - USA
  • I pray that these believers are released soon & able to return freely to their families. May their needs & their families' physical needs be met; may they be in good health. Please strengthen their faith & may they have hope in You. Help them to use this experience to witness with Your guidance to those You place in their path.
    Hilary A - USA
  • Holy Father I pray that you will come to the help of these two innocent men who has been imprisioned unjustly in Iran. As they await their apeal, I beseech you dear Lord that justice will be done, you rules man's heart, command the judge to act justly and note that these men as not commit any crime against the country, that required such punishment
    Joyce D - United Kingdom
  • Father thank you for the faithful and bold witness of these two. Increase their faith and fill them with joy in being counted worthy to suffer with Christ. Encourage them . Philippians 1:28
    "Don't be intimidated in any way by your enemies. This will be a sign to them that they are going to be destroyed...". Please overturn their sentences
    Mary F - USA
  • Lord Jesus, Please Cause Eskander's and Suroush sentences to Be overturned, Grant the Body of Christ in Iran Your Growth in You, and Way to spread Your Gospel, Change and Open the hearts of the judge, authorities, and others to You, Cause them to know that You are The Way, The Truth, and The Life, In Jesus Christ Name, Amen.
    Marcia H - USA
  • Lord Jesus, Please Order the steps of Eskander, Suroush, and the Body of Christ in Iran; Grant them Your Protection, Fortitude, Comfort, Favor, Justice, Vindication and Release from prison for Eskander and Suroush, Way to spread Your Gospel, Spiritual and Physical Provision, and Blessed Assurance, In Jesus' Name, Amen.
    Marcia H - USA
  • OUR FATHER, IN JESUS' HOLY NAME, we lift our brothers in Christ Eskander and Suroush up to You. Thank You for Using them to minister to others and spread Your Gospel. The Lord Jesus Bind and Rebuke Satan, His Hosts, and the authorities from using anything against them according to Your Will, In Jesus Christ Name, Amen.
    Marcia H - USA
  • I pray for Eskander and Suroush will be stregthen and encouraged to stay faithful even when facing prison. I pray the judge will not sentence these two men to prison.
    Sue D - USA
  • Father, thank you for those who remain faithful in the face of persecution and suffering. May Eskander and Suroush be witnesses for you and draw others to you during their imprisonment. Touch the judge's heart will overturn their sentences.
    Darlene E - USA
  • Father protect these wonderful Christians from evil and harm. Let them free to share your Good News with millions of your children in Iran. Don't let them continue in darkness. Intervene and open the eyes and ears of the the judge and others who continue to live in darkness, Shine your light brightly into Iran and illuminate the hearts of all in Iran.
    Laurie T - USA
  • Heavenly Father, When we look at these situation we feel hopeless. But the scripture tells us that nothing is impossible with God. He will give these men the strength through scriptures as they have hidden them in their hearts. We pray that You will open the eyes of the judge that he will release them.
    Mary W - USA
  • ALMIGHTY LORD, I pray that the judge who has jurisdiction over Eskander and Surroush's case will show them favor and return these to freedom. Please LORD, return them to service for the Kingdom and grant a great harvest of souls throughout Iran until that whole land is proclaiming JESUS, JESUS, JESUS in a mighty revival!
    Paul H - USA
  • Lord i commit these brothers to you. i pray that you will comfort them, encourage them, and comfort their families and loved ones. please touch the hearts of those who are going to be making decisions about their cases. may those who persecute them come to know you in personal ways. Please Lord, help your children around the world. Thank you ,iJN. amen
    Pearl N - USA
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