Iranian believers worship Christ in secret. They gather knowing a network of government informants could expose their house church, leading to their imprisonment.
Iranian believers worship Christ in secret. They gather knowing a network of government informants could expose their house church, leading to their imprisonment.
Aug. 01, 2019 | Iran

Eight Arrested in Coordinated Raid

[219] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Sam Khosravi and his family and friends.

Eight Christians from the city of Bushehr were arrested on July 1 in raids conducted by Ministry of Intelligence agents. The eight arrested include Sam Khosravi and his wife, Maryam Falahi; Sam’s mother, Khatoon Fatolahzadeh; Sam’s brother, Sasan, and his wife, Marjan Falahi; Pooriya Peyma and his wife, Fatemeh Talebi; and Habib Heydari. All eight were converts from Islam. They were not together when they were arrested, however. They were arrested in coordinated raids that took place at 9 a.m. Children in the homes during the raids saw their family members treated harshly by agents. Sam’s mother, Khatoon, 61, was later released because of her age, but the others are being held in solitary confinement. According to a VOM ministry partner, at least 34 Iranian Christians have been arrested this year. Pray that these brothers and sisters will remain firm in their faith despite their imprisonment.

Write your own prayer for Sam Khosravi and his family and friends

  • Holy Father, surround Your children with others who believe and who will encourage them to remain steadfast. May they be ambassadors for You as they are in terrible places. Let their prisons become mission fields. May they be released soon to their children and friends. Strengthen their resolve to be faithful to You. In Jesus' name, Amen
    Eli S - USA
  • Father, we lift up for your touch these 8 Christians who have been arrested for their faith. Comfort each of them as they are isolated. Fill them with your strength and peace and bring to their minds encouraging verses of Scripture. And we ask that you would glorify your name by having them released. In Jesus' name, Amen.
    Lois Y - USA
  • Lord, I am thankful for the power of prayer. I know that You remain by the sides of Your children as they wait for their release. Please be with their children as they also wait to see their parents again. May Your powerful Word be spoken within prison walls causing change from the top down. Grant them a quick release, Lord. In Your Son, Amen
    Connie A - USA
  • Dear Lord, May these believers well strong in You and the power of Your might. Thank You that greater are You in them than the enemy that has come against them. Manifest Your life through them as a testimony to all they encounter while they are being held. In Jesus name, amen.
    Fabiana C - USA
  • Father, thank you for the faith of this family. Please help them now to remain firm in their faith as they suffer for your name. Remind them that this suffering is not forever and that you will reward their efforts eternally. Please use them to spread the gospel, as Paul and Silas in prison. Provide for these children, Lord God.
    emily g - USA
  • Dear father, I pray for these persecuted Christians in Iran. Especially these that have been arrested and their families and the congregation there. Please protect them and deliver them! You have overcome the world! Cause them to overcome and be faithful and to grow in faith and love. Draw many to you through their testimony. Help them to abide in you
    Sandi T - USA
  • Father, hear the cries of people this morning, their loved ones and their children. Grant them freedom I pray, in the name of Jesus. Do what only you can do. Make a way in out if no way as your children call upon you. Crown them this morning with ur loving kindness and tender mercies. In the name of Jesus. Amen.
    Diana Z - United Kingdom
  • Father, hear the cries of ur children as they call upon ur name. Rescue them from the attack of the enemy. Comfort and provide for their families in their absence. I pray for their protection in jail. Let them be treated with compassion and deliver them I pray. In the mighty name of Jesus. Amen & Amen.
    Diana Z - United Kingdom
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Iran's believers: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ & growing in numbers & maturity. Sustain Sam Shosravi, his family, friends & all believers in Iran's prisons. Bring their President to repentance. In Jesus' Name.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Dear Lord, Please be with the seven Christians who remain in solitary confinement. May your Spirit fill them with power. Please be with their children and help these children be at peace and have good people to care for them. Please stop these riads and allow your Gospel be preached throughout the land.
    Paul E - USA
  • Jesus, by your power please help these brothers and sisters to remain firm in their faith despite their imprisonment. May you keep them steadfast and visit with them while they are there, especially in solitary confinement. Be triumphant as only you are in their lives and may their example be a witness to their persecutors to turn them from sin.
    Paula L - 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, hope & love, committed to Christ & growing in numbers & maturity Sustain Sam Khosravi, his family & friends & all believers in Iran's prisons. Bring their President to repentance. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Dear Lord in the name of Jesus Christ, even as you set Peter free from imprisonment, I pray that all those held in solitary confinement as a result of their faith be release and that you will help them stay in faith even as they face persecution. Master, I decree that the knees of their persecutors bow to your awesomeness and their tongue confess you.
    Ediomi P - Nigeria
  • Father let these believers in no way be alarmed by their opponents. Let them rejoice they have been counted worthy to suffer for your sake. Let the peace of Christ rule in their hearts. Open a door for your word. Rescue them from perverse and evil men. Strengthen and protect them from the evil one. Let your word spread rapidly and be glorified.
    Kendall P - USA
  • IMPRISONED TO LEARN ABOUT THE CHRIST !!! MASTER PLEASE DO ME A FAVOR ,AND DO THIS FOR ME !!! PLEASE IN YOUR NAME MASTER JESUS CHRIST OF NAZARETH AMEN
    Terrell A - USA
  • AND YOUR ENCOURAGEMENT , PLUS YOUR FAVOR !!!! PLEASE ALLOW THEM TO DO YOUR WILL !!! PLEASE BLESS THEM WITH YOUR COURAGE AND STRENGTH TO SPEAK YOUR WORD!!! PLEASE ALLOW TO BE RELEASED SOON MASTER TO TEACH AND TAKE CARE OF THERE CHILDREN !!!! ALLOW THEM TO PROSPER ADMIST THIS CONFUSION AND HATE !!! PLEASE ALLOW THE IRANIAN OFFICIALS WHO HAVE THEM
    Terrell A - USA
  • GREAT AND HOLY GOD PERFECT IN ALL YOU DO !!! YOU ARE AWARE OF EVERYTHING !!! I PRAY FOR MY CHRISTIAN BROTHERS AND SISTERS !! SAM KHOSRAVI AND HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS !!! THEY BEEN THROWN INTO PRISON FOR WORSHIPING YOU !!! AND LEARNING ABOUT YOUR WORD !!! PLEASE RESCUE THEM !!!! PLEASE GIVE THEM YOUR HOPE ,YOUR LOVE , YOUR PEACE , YOUR PROTECTION
    Terrell A - USA
  • Father, I ask that you provide for these believers and for others like them that face this kind of persecution. You know what they need. Hold them Jesus. Grow them and keep them strong in you Father. Thank you for saving them and being so gracious. We love you Lord. You never leave us!
    Kera J - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Iran believers: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ & growing in numbers & maturity. Sustain Sam Khosravi, his family & his friends. Bring Iran's officials & their President to repentance. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Glory be to the Father & to Lord Jesus forever! Thank You for drawing my brothers & sisters close to You. Holy Spirit, please come & live in them that they have peace, faith&strength that surpasses all understanding. People will look at them & see that they are victorious & will not help but acknowledge that it is through the works of God's hands.amen
    MJ D - United Arab Emirates
  • HF, please be with those who were arrested, strengthen their faith, help them to hold on to You and comfort them, as well as the children who were left behind, let not the enemy have them protect them and keep them.
    Jasmene R - USA
  • Standing up for God in times of persecution is not easy,but God told us that it would not be easy but it would be worth it.Please hold on tight to the promises of God despite your circumstances.We are praying for you&your churches that they will not only continue to strengthen those in the church,but will also be an example for those who do not believe
    Donna H - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for believers in Iran: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ & growing in numbers & maturity. Particularly, sustain Sam Khosravi, his family & his friends. Bring Iran's officials & their President to repentance. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Lord, please meet these believers in a powerful way during this time and may they experience the overflowing power of your Holy Spirit. Convict the hearts of their persecutors and do miracles on the behalf of your children. May your gospel go forth not only in spite of but because of these arrests. You are greater and wiser than any scheme of man.
    Cheryl W - USA
  • Father God, I pray for these eight arrested, and even for the 34 that have been arrested so far this year. Strengthen them in their faith. Give special encouragement to those in prison currently. May they feel your presence powerfully with them. Use them to bring other inmates and the guards to you. Make a way for them to meet together in prison. IJNA
    Kevin R - USA
  • Father please strengthen your people in prison in Iran. May their faith remain strong. Please work with your power in their lives to give them supernatural joy and hope.
    Rebecca H - New Zealand
  • Father, you see the persecution these believers are facing. You are there with those who are imprisoned. Please let them be very aware of your presence and strength with them as they suffer. Please continue to help your church in Iran to remain strong in the midst of the persecution and be glorified in all that the enemy is trying to do for harm.
    Vicki W - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for believers In ram: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide the. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ & growing in numbers &maturity. Particularly, sustain the recently arrested. their families & many other believers imprisoned in Iran. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Father God, please bring comfort and hope to these Iranian Christians who were arrested and are being held in solitary confinement. May they remain firm in their faith despite their imprisonment. I pray for their families and fellow believers. Work in the hearts of those who hold them in prison to bring about a miracle so that they may be released.
    Betty D - USA
  • Oh Father! Mercy for this brothers and sister in the faith! What a hostile world they live in. Make them strong and faithful! Give them favor with the guards and give them opportunities to reach others. May you be glorified through them and keep them safe. Amen
    Isabel S - USA
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