Behnam Ersali and Davood Rasooli (Photo Credit: Mohabat News)
Behnam Ersali and Davood Rasooli (Photo Credit: Mohabat News)
Dec. 27, 2018 | Iran

Two Christians Arrested After Phone Calls Apparently Intercepted

[357] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Behnam and Davood.

Two Christian converts, in Mashhad and Karaj, were arrested recently as a result of what appears to have been tight government surveillance. Behnam Ersali and Davood Rasooli, both Christian converts from Islam, had arranged by phone to meet in Mashhad. Behnam was already in Mashhad, staying with a friend, when six security agents burst in and arrested him. Davood was arrested at his home, where officials confiscated some books and other personal belongings, before he could leave for Mashhad. Based on the quickness and obvious coordination of their arrests, other Christians think Iranian intelligence officials had learned of their planned meeting by intercepting their phone calls. Christians in Iran ask us to pray that Behnam and Davood will know God’s strengthening power and wisdom during their interrogations. Pray also for the men’s release.

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  • Father, I pray for these two men who have decided to follow you. I pray you strengthen them and give them wisdom as to what to say. I pray they feel your presence around them. Comfort them and give them courage. I pray they know you are with them. Please, move and have them released. Go before them and fight their battle.
    polly c - USA
  • Dear Lord, please help these Christians feel the presence of Your Holy Spirit and the comfort and peace that come with it. Protect them and keep their faith in You and Your Son strong. Help them to take one day at a time and not worry about tomorrow. Keep them safe in the face of persecution and justice be done.
    Betty A - USA
  • Lord I pray for Behnam and David that they will know God strengthening power and wisdom during their interrogations. I pray for your perfect love to fall on these two men so fear would be cast out in Jesus name. I pray for their release and justice to come. I pray that they would maintain their witness for you. In Jesus name amen.
    Nancy G - USA
  • Father God, how horrifying this imprisonment must be for my brothers in Iran, Mashhad and Karaj. Please protect them, Father, from harm and release them from prison. I also pray for the protection of all Christians in Iran,, and Your love that they possess will touch the hearts of other Iranians. I praise You and ask this in Jesus's name. Amen.
    Mary I - USA
  • Give them the gift of tongues and interpretation. Confuse the enemy, route their plans. Nothing is too difficult for You and all things are possible with You. You help Your servants. Thank you Jesus You encourage them by strengthening them. We praise You for what You are going to do and what You are doing even now.
    In Jesus Name Amen
    Maria R - USA
  • Dear God, Please cover Davood and Behnam with protection. Keep them safe. Help it so that others will see their resolve and will turn to You. In Jesus name, Amen
    karen b - USA
  • Lord, please strengthen these men and give them your peace and hope. May others be drawn to you through their faithful witness
    Jeff F - USA
  • Heavenly Father: I pray for the release of Behnam and Davood, in your perfect time and way. Give them wisdom in answering the questions coming to them. May their lives show forth the love of Jesus. Give them opportunities to share the Gospel. In Jesus' name, Amen.
    Nancy R - USA
  • That they may be delivered from all tribulation, wrath, danger, and necessity, let us pray to the Lord.

    Help them , save them, have mercy on them, and keep them, O, God, By Thy Grace.
    Dennis M - USA
  • Heavenly Father, In your great mercy, reveal to Behnam and Davood of Your strength and encouragement to be strong in the Lord. May they experience your faithfulness and the power of your grace to be living instruments for Christ.
    By Your mercy, may their lives be living testimonies of Jesus and His great love. Pat USA
    Patricia S - USA
  • Dear Father I pray for Behnam and Davood arrested for being Christians. Give them strength and comfort them in prison. May they touch many souls for Christ. Protect them and may they be released from prison and continue to serve You with renewed commitment. Forgive the persecutors and may they find Jesus while there is still time. I pray in Jesus Name
    Zanele E M - South Africa
  • Father please keep these men strong and faithful and help them through the interrogations. Give them your spirit and your courage. Please help their faith to grow in this difficult time and let them know your presence with them every minute of every day.
    Diane B - USA
  • Our Loving Heavenly Father, let Behnam and Davood feel your presence and love for them during this unwarranted persecution. Grant them unusual courage, wisdom and Holy Spirit power during their interrogations. May you deliver them from their persecutors and any bodily harm. In Jesus' name.
    Sam and Rita V - USA
  • Dear Lord, please provide protection and direction to Behnam and David as they are interrogated. Help them to be secure in Your love and presence and give them the strength to continue. Please provide for their release and let others be inspired by their courage and come to worship you Lord.
    deb l - USA
  • Father Yahweh; Strengthen these brothers in Iran, & continue to add to their numbers for Your Kingdom! Subvert the actions of the Prince of the power of the air, both in Iran, China, Europe & here in the USA. Awaken believers as to the electronic threats, & guide them with Your wisdom to continue to spread the Gospel. In Jesus' name, amen.
    MaryBeth B - USA
  • Father thank You for Behnam and David. I pray that You would be with them and protect them. Please watch over them and deliver them from the hands of their enemies. I pray for their release. Please be with the Christians in Iran and have mercy. In the Name of Yeshua, Amen.
    Kia W - USA
  • Holy Spirit, help Behnam and Davood to look to you for their power, wisdom, faith, and strength. Fill them with your love so that they may be a mighty witness of you while they are in this dark place. May your light shine through them. May those around them take note. May they boldly speak of you. Provide and protect them. Calm all their fears.
    Gerelda L - USA
  • Lord, strengthen Behnam & Davood. Give them courage and remove any fear. Speak by Your Spirit through them at interrogations. Cause them to speak like Peter & Paul before the officials. Protect their families. Lord, let them be released & free. You are sovereign. You intercept any intercepted phone calls in Iran. Hide Your people. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Claire F - Barbados
  • Father, we praise You that Behnam & Davood have come to Jesus. We pray that You would protect them while they are in custody. Give them strength, wisdom and favor with their captors and Holy Spirit, draw their captors to Jesus. We pray they will be released quickly. We ask these things in Jesus' holy and precious name. Amen.
    Julie M - USA
  • Father God, thank you for making these needs known through VOM so we can pray. I ask for your favor over Behnam, Davood, and all the saints imprisoned in Iran. Please help them by Your Holy Spirit. Let their enemies be attacked by their own unrighteous hearts until they plead the blood of Jesus. We praise You God Almighty.
    Kathy G - USA
  • Dear Father we lift up these two faithful servants of Yours, Behnam and Davood and pray that they be bold and courageous during their imprisonment.
    We pray that they would be released shortly and their testimony be a light in the darkness of unbelievers.
    patty r - USA
  • Father, it is a privilege to join with our brothers and sisters in Iran to pray for Benham and Davood. We ask You for the power of the Spirit to fill them with peace and strength. That their words will bring honor to their Savior. That their minds will be renewed on a daily basis. That their bodies will be strengthened to endure physical punishment.
    Toni D - USA
  • Father God please strengthen Behnam and Davood. Fill them with Your Spirit and be close to them throughout their interrogations. Lord I pray for their release. Amen
    Andrew S - USA
  • Isaiah 61:1 "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord God has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim that the captives will be released & prisoners will be freed." Thank you Lord for keeping your hand upon Brahman & Davood as they stand up for Christianity in a fallen world!
    Donna H - USA
  • Praying for Behnam Ersali and Davood Rasooli. That God will strengthen them in their trials especially during interrogation. Lord we know of the brutality in these situations. Help them to endure and provide opportunities to share their faith in word and deed in their situation. Praying for their release if it be Your will. Praying for their families
    margaret m - USA
  • Lord,
    Thank You for Behnam Ersali and Davood Rasooli and their willingness to follow You despite the surveillance and persecution. I pray that You would strengthen them in their faith during this difficult time and please give them wisdom in their captivity. May Your power be demonstrated through them and their swift release.
    Lysander S - USA
  • Father God, I lift up Behnam and Davood and pray for you to strengthen them and comfort and provide for them as they endure this persecution from the Iranian government. May their resilience and faithfulness to you be a witness to those they encounter and when it is your will, I pray for them to be released and set free. In Jesus name, Amen
    Caroline C - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Behnam & Davood: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. Give them Divine power & wisdom as they face police questioning & may they be released. Protect, strengthen & multiply Iran's believers. Bring their President & other Muslims to repentance. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Lord of Light and Lord of Love Jesus Christ I ask that you break through the barriers in Iran and bring the Islamic People to an understanding of The Perfection of God and how NO ONE in History was Holy Enough to approach him except for Jesus Christ. That they would see their need for his atonement for our sins and the incredible Love that awaits us.
    Eric P - USA
  • Father, I pray for Behnam and Davood that they would know your strengthening power and wisdom during interrogations. May they be released. May their persecutors see the light of God in them and be brought to repentance and faith in Jesus.
    Darlene E - USA
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