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

[258] prayers in [17] 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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  • Thank You, Father, for keeping Eskander's and Suroush's case. Please help them! In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
    Merike O - Finland
  • Lord please bless and increase the faith of these brothers. Please increase their love for people and their trust in You. Please give them clear perspective. And thank You Lord for what You are doing through them. Thanks for making them bold in Jesus name!
    Piet K - Netherlands
  • God-I praise You for who You are Sovereign God! Thank You for Eskander & Suroush! Lord, release the blessing of heaven & the blessing of the deep in & through their lives- Gen 49:25. Touch the judge's eyes & heart so he can see You Jesus, receive Your saving grace & release Your sons! Build up our faith in You -here, Iran, & beyond let it rise up Jesus
    Kisha M - USA
  • Father, you can turn the judge's heart and so we ask You to overturn the sentences using this judge for your glory. Give believers boldness to proclaim salvation through faith in Jesus Christ their Savior and bring great revelation of Jesus to this people to strengthen them. Forgive their oppressors and let not their love grow cold - save many, Lord.
    MARI S - USA
  • Dear Father God,
    Please bring peace and comfort to these men and help them Be secure to know that no matter what happens they are in your arms and you are with them and will hold their hands. I do pray for no prison time and that they be great witnesses for you. In Jesus Name Amen.
    Debi V - USA
  • Father God, please set these men free so that they can continue proclaiming the good news in their nation. Continue to open doors in this nation. Strengthen your church, your people. May their light shine bright. May this judge give favor to these men and overturn their sentence IJNA.
    Kevin R - USA
  • Father God, protect these men and grow your church in Iran. In Jesus name pour out your spirit in this country
    mark h - USA
  • Lord I ask that you supernaturally protect these two men. Overturn any conviction and help them be able to get off with no prison time and use this victorious verdict to further your kingdom for your honor and glory amen
    Sherry C - USA
  • Dear Lord, please provide your help and provision to these to servants of the Lord Jesus Christ. Let their appeal be successful, wiping out their unlawful sentences so they may resume their work to spread the Good News of your Gospel, bringing many more believers to reconciliation with the one and only true G-d, Amen.
    Tracy L - USA
  • Father, I pray for this Irannian Christians that their court appeal will be successful and they will be set free. I pray that Christianity will grow in Iran and believers will have freedom to worship and spread the gospel in Jesus name. AMEN.
    Jacob O - Nigeria
  • Dear Lord, thank you for always being with us. I pray for healing for those persecuted and forced to flee homes, comfort for family and friends of those lost or injured, security for those sharing You despite threats, and salvation to those who are persecuting your Church. I pray Your light would shine for many to see through these trials. Amen
    Olga G - USA
  • Father honor your promise to meet the needs of those who seek you first. Rescue them from those who are disobedient. Fill them with your peace and joy as they have been counted worthy to suffer for you. Remind them they can do all things through Christ who strengthens them. Let them not be alarmed by their opponents but to trust in you.
    Kendall P - USA
  • Heavenly Father I ask for a decision in courts that is in favor of Eskander and Suroush. I pray that You would protect them and lead them into a place in which they personally and in ministry can thrive. I pray for allies and safe, trusted people that they can go to for help and protection. I pray that amidst the trial they would be firm in their faith
    Joy H - USA
  • Father use these believers in a mighty way. Fill them with the knowledge of Your will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so they will walk in a manner worthy of You, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of You; strengthened with all power, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks.
    Kendall P - USA
  • Lord I ask that you please have these two men released form prison. I ask that you protect them and provide them with you love and faith. I ask that you please give them grace and help them to remain strong and to spread your kingdom in the area that they are being held. I thank you for their faith and knowledge. I pray in Jesus Christ name. Amen
    Bobby R - USA
  • Lord we need you, we need you to preform a miracle in the heart and mind of the judge overseeing Eskander and Suroush's case Lord, we need you to release these men! Father move the lips of the authorities over these men that they would be released and reunited with their families Father! Lord I thank you for these men and their faithfulness!
    Amy R - USA
  • Father I pray for Eskander and Suroush. May their appeal be considered in Jesus Name. May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be upon them that they be released. May the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ continue to be preached in the whole Iran and Jesus be made known for the glory of God, Amen.
    Sipho S - South Africa
  • God is for you, He will never leave you alone. May the Holy Spirit empower you to share God's love with your persecutors. May you become even more bold as God's hand on your lives is made clear to you. The creator of all things loves you with pure, endless love. Praying Jesus perfect will in all your lives.
    Mark USA
    mark m - USA
  • Dear Lord God Almighty! Help these men know what an example of the faith they are to all of us! Strengthen their faith even more, and cause justice to prevail in their cases. Help all of them to keep sharing the Good News. Soften the hearts of nonbelievers so that they, too, may be saved and learn to love others.
    Betty A - USA
  • 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
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