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

[244] 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.

Write your own prayer for Amir, Mahnaz, Shima, and Shokoofeh

  • 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
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Iranian believers: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, committed to Christ & growing in numbers & maturity. Sustain, guide & encourage Amir, Mahnaz, Shima, Shokoofeh & their families. Bring their President to repentance. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Lord, may the Iranian Christians have Your peace that surpass all understanding and that it will fill them and their families continuously. You give true peace to those who depend on You because they trust you (Isaiah 26:3). Give them courage and increase their faith ever more. May they feel Your powerful presence as You protect & keep them safe.
    ROSE G - USA
  • Prayer for Amir, Mahnaz & Shokoofeh, & our persecuted Sisters & Brothers In Christ
    May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble!
    May the name of the God of Jacob set you securely on high! May He send you help from the sanctuary & support you from Zion Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him I will protect him, because he knows my name
    Andrew R - Canada
  • Lord I pray for the Christians in Iranthat you would protect them and that you would be with them father. I pray you would help them remember that you love them and that you are with them In prison and are protecting them. I pray for their release Lord and the church in Iran continue to grow by the power of the Holy Spirit in the Name of Jesus amen.
    Nancy G - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for believers in Iran: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith., committed to Christ & growing in numbers & maturity. Sustain, comfort & guide Amir, Mahnaz, Shima, Shokoofeh & their families. Bring their persecutors to repentance. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Father, Iran! We are praying for all these faithful Christians who many are being arrested for their faith. Please protect them and give them opportunities in prison to serve you and also please give comfort to their families. Amen
    Isabel S - USA
  • Thank you Lord for these Christians, for strength, faith and boldness, we pray for your divine protection and grace to continue to stand in faith. We pray for healing of the body and soul for them and decree by your mercy the unconditional release of all detained brethren,let the gospel of Christ be established in Iran and more souls be won to Christ
    funke a - Nigeria
  • Lord, be with the Christians in Iran in a special way, comfort and strengthen them as they are being arrested in greater numbers, Thank You for those who were released promptly and cause those still in prison to be returned to their families soon. May You fill them all with Your peace that passes all understanding.
    Pierrette W - Canada
  • Father, please protect your Iranian children as they worship and learn of You. May the officials have grace for early release or a clerical error for release. Father fill them with your love that the guards may be saved. Remind them of your Holy Spirit presence. Fill them with your fire. Nourish their bodies when none is received. In Jesus name. Amen
    Cathy D - USA
  • Lord,
    Thank You for these believers and their willingness to follow You despite facing the risk of arrest and imprisonment. I pray for the swift release of those who are still in custody; please fill them and their families with Your peace that surpasses all understanding and protect them from harm. Strengthen them in their faith as they do this task.
    Lysander S - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Iranian believers: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, committed to Christ & growing in numbers & maturity. Sustain & comfort Amir, Mahnaz, Shima, Shokoofeh & their families. May those still in detention be swiftly released. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
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