Iranian believers meet for worship in homes, behind closed doors.
Iranian believers meet for worship in homes, behind closed doors.
Feb. 21, 2019 | Iran

Christians on High Alert After Wave of Arrests

[254] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Amir, Mahnaz, Shima, and Shokoofeh.

Iranian Christians are on high alert after more than 150 were detained recently within a few weeks’ time. Multiple arrests were also reported in December, in northern, northeastern and southwestern Iran. Amir Taleipour and his wife, Mahnaz Harati, were arrested on Dec. 6 in Mashhad, and four days earlier, sisters Shima and Shokoofeh Zanganeh were arrested at their home in Ahvaz. The sisters were reportedly beaten and interrogated by security officials before being transferred to Sepidar Prison. Radio Farda said the Iranian state-run news agency Tasnim reported the arrests of nine other Christians in Alborz province, north of Tehran, after Christmas. Most of those arrested were released shortly afterward. Pray for the swift release of those still in detention. Pray that God will fill them and their families with His peace and remind them of His promise to protect them.

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  • Thank You that You have not abandoned Your people in Iran, but that You are using them to demonstrate Your keeping power. As they rely on You during these trials, may their testimonies speak to the hearts of their persecuters and the others who are watching whether they will be faithful to You. Encourage them through Your Word and by Your Spirit
    Toni D - USA
  • Our Father, please help in Iran. No words can do justice for Christians but You can. In You we trust. Please help! In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen
    Merike O - Finland
  • Bring millions to faith in Jesus through your gospel. Grant them peace and joy and eternal hope. Love and life through them. Make them see that you are Lord of all, that your troops outnumber, outrank and over power all of the troops of earth and hell. We are waiting for that time.
    mark m - USA
  • Psalm 1
    4 Not so the wicked!
    They are like chaff
    that the wind blows away.
    5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
    nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
    6 For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
    but the way of the wicked will perish.
    Layne N - USA
  • Father I pray for protection for your people! I pray that you would guide and direct our paths! I pray Father that you would help the actions of the evangelists to go unseen by their persecutors! Open the eyes of the lost Lord that they would see your glory! I ask and pray in Jesus name, amen.
    Amy R - USA
  • Father, thank You for the Christians in Iran. I pray that You would have mercy on them and help them. I pray that You would extend Your grace to them during this difficult time and please fill them with Your peace. I pray that You would send Your angels to protect them Please have mercy on Iranians and Iran. In the Name of Yeshua, Amen
    Kia W - USA
  • Father protect these brave Christians in Iran and let them flourish bringing millions of Muslims to you. Free them from prison, evil and harm. Let them be able to shout your name from the roof tops in honor of you. Father please fill these Christians and their families with your peace, joy, strength and courage knowing that you alone are the most High.
    Laurie T - USA
  • Lord, may you strengthen and encourage the Iranian believers who are being persecuted. May they not fear what man may do to them.
    Jeff F - USA
  • Lord, may you strengthen and encourage the Iranian believers who are being persecuted. May they not fear what man may do to them.
    Jeff F - USA
  • Praying for Amir, Mahaz, Shima, Shokoofeh, and the church in Iran, give them peace, boldness and faith to trust you.To not fear those who can harm them, even to death, that their hope is in You. Praying for the speedy release of those still in prison and their safety. Pray they will be able to share the gospel in prison and to their persecutors.
    margaret m - USA
  • Father I ask for the quick release of all remaining Iranian Christians from any and all prisons in which they are held. Let Your HOLY FEAR come upon all their captures & guards. Keep each one safe and bless them all as they are released. Embolden the Church there in Iran and pour out Your Holy Spirit on the Church there.
    William N - USA
  • Father, I pray for those who have suffered here, comfort them and pour out your Spirit of boldness upon them. I pray for those you are still detained, may your will be done. I pray they feel your presence with them and know they are not forsaken. I pray you heal the hearts, spirits, and bodies of those hurting. I pray you use your children to share.
    polly c - USA
  • Dear Lord, please send wisdom and justice for Amir, Mahnaz, Shima, and Shokoofeh. Lead, guide, protect them, and strengthen their faith to stay strong in the face of persecution. Soften the hearts of their enemies so that they, too, will accept the love of Jesus Christ. All things are possible with God.
    Betty A - USA
  • Thank You Father that most who were arrested have been released. May they continue to praise and rejoice in Your watch care over them no matter what men may do. We continue to seek You for the release of those still held. May Your Presence surround them and give them peace and may their families be strengthened and stand firm in You and Your promises
    Gail M - USA
  • Please help Amir, Mahnaz, Shima, and Shokoofeh be just and pure and holy and grant them eternal hope and Agape love, even for their enemies.
    Mark M - USA
  • Heavenly Father, we lift up Amir, Mahnaz, Shima, Shokoofeh and other Iranian Believers. We are in agreement for swift release of those still being held. Holy Spirit counsel them in the peace of Christ. Bring scripture of God's promises to mind, often. You are their refuge and hope. Extend Your Word even now throughout Iran, bring many to Christ!
    Peg B - USA
  • Dear Lord,
    I pray for Amir, Mahnaz, Shima and Shokoofeh and all the believers who have been arrested. Keep them strong in You and bless them for their faith. Thank You for the ones who have been released. Let the others swiftly be freed. Cover them with Your Wings. Surround then with mercy, grace and peace.
    In Jesus, anen
    Madison F - USA
  • Heavenly FATHER, i pray YOU remember YOUR promise YOU made with your children to protect them and keep them from harms way. I also pray for the Iranian government that they release YOUR children of whom are YOURS and are being persecuted for absolutely no good reason. May you be upset and may their hand not prevail againts your children. In Jesus name
    Ricardo M - USA
  • Father, many brothers and sisters have been apprehended and imprisoned for their faith and we are asking for their release and in the meantime, please Father God, grant these believers grace, strength, supernatural health and bold love for their captors and fellow inmates and may opportunities to share Jesus abound and may many more come to faith!
    Matt B - USA
  • Father, Ruler of the Universe and Almighty protector of Your people. Remind all who are in prison because they love You that You are with them, will protect and cover them with Jesus blood. Fill all Your people in Iran with Your Spirit and send those who were kept to be quickly released. Cover with Jesus blood and hedge in Your flock. In Jesus name
    Terry L - USA
  • Keep the strong in you , O Lord.
    Debbie V - USA
  • Father I pray for my brothers and sisters in Iran that they will remember and take great comfort that the words the Apostle Paul spoke in Romans 8:18 "For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us." I pray that their faithful witness produces much fruit in Iran.
    Paul K - USA
  • Lord God, we do ask that these believers would be released. May all the Christians in Iran be covered by Your peace; may they be ever mindful of Your word and continue to trust that what You say is true. Protect them from bitterness and fear and may those who persecute them hear the gospel, repent and believe.
    Danielle H - USA
  • Lord, you are our Protector and our Refuge and Strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Help these believers to live free from fear, and may their love for others fuel their courage to continue to share you with others. Give them wisdom and peace as they experience persecution, and help their faith to grow as they rely completely on you.
    Jackie V - USA
  • Oh Father, what a cost believers in Iran are paying for their faith. Thank you for those who have already been released; we pray for the quick release of others and for strength and diligence for all believers who are at risk for arrest. May you be glorified in all their lives.
    Leslie F - Mexico
  • Psalm 12 for the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now I will arise, says the Lord, I will set them in the safety for which they yearn. PS 17 Hear a just cause O Lord, attend to their cry and give ear to their prayers. Uphold their steps in your paths and incline your ear to their speech. Hide them under the shadow of your wings
    Julie C - USA
  • Holy Father, our strength and shield. Surround Your children with Your peace, and power. Let them feel Your presence as they face detention and harassment. Let faithfulness draw others to You. Surround them with others who will encourage them to stand strong. In Jesus' name, Amen
    Eli S - USA
  • Father God, help these precious believers. Give them your perfect peace that passes all understanding. Protect them with your mighty angels. May they be released quickly from prison. Intervene on their behalf. May they each be encouraged by your powerful work in their lives. Lord, through this time of testing, glorify your name and the gospel of Jesus
    Julia F - USA
  • Father Yahweh, be near to the brother & sisters imprisoned in Iran; all the believers in prison or not. Thank You for the great harvest happening in this dark place! Let Your work move forward in spite of persecution, continue the dreams & visions which Satan cannot combat! Bring my Iranian daughter-in-law Nazila to Christ as well. In Jesus name, Amen.
    MaryBeth B - USA
  • Heavenly Father, I pray for the swift release of our brothers and sisters jailed in Iran. I ask the Holy Spirit to fill them with peace in the knowledge that You are present with them and love them beyond our comprehension and that their security in You is inviolable. May Your love shine through them onto their persecutors. Amen
    Kenneth G - USA
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