Because of Iran's oppressive Islamic regime, many Iranian Christians must gather in secret and receive teaching through Christian broadcast media.
Because of Iran's oppressive Islamic regime, many Iranian Christians must gather in secret and receive teaching through Christian broadcast media.
Jul. 22, 2021 | Iran

Three Christian Men Sentenced to Five Years in Prison Under New Law

[205] prayers in [20] nations have been posted for Men imprisoned for Christ.

Three Christian men who converted from Islam were recently sentenced to five years in prison after they refused to renounce Christ. In November of last year, Iranian authorities raided the homes of the three men and seized Bibles, cell phones and computers, ordering the men to stop all Christian activities. When the men refused to stop pursuing their faith, they were charged under a newly amended law aimed at halting the spread of Christianity in Iran, which allows for hefty fines, the removal of basic rights and up to five years in prison. When the Christians appeared in court last month, they were denied access to their attorney and told that they had received the maximum allowable sentence. The believers are planning to appeal the decision, so pray that these brothers in Christ remain firm in their faith while they await their appeal. Pray for their families to not lose hope as their loved ones face imprisonment for Christ. Pray that the Iranian authorities overseeing the case will experience the love of God through the witness of these men.

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  • Dear Father I pray for these dear Christian believers. Keep them strong amid persecution. You command us to remember those in prison as though we were imprisoned with them. (Heb. 13:3) May they and those in their circles know You love, grace, and peace through this time. Change the hearts of &help them pray for their persecutors. In Jesus Name amen
    Allison F - USA
  • Jesus, I pray You stand by these precious Christian men and do not let them despair. I pray that their suffering would be useful to bring others to Jesus. I beg that they could be released. Allow the judges and prison guards to repent and show them favor. Comfort their families. May their bodies be protected and healed.
    Patrecia J - USA
  • Father, thank You for the faithfulness of Your people under pressure. I ask that You continue to work good in the lives of these men and strengthen them to follow You daily. Let the love of God be seen through their lives. Protect and provide for them.
    Karen K - USA
  • Lord, we pray for these 3 men who have faced difficulties and challenges with their faith. We pray that you give them strength and reinforce their faith in you to be able to overcome these challenges and for their family to continue to have faith while they go through these.
    Owen P - Singapore
  • We pray for these 3 Christian men who are faithful to you. We pray that Lord you give them strength and continue to be with them in this ordeal. We pray that you open the eyes and hearts of the authorities so that they can experience you and get to know you. In Jesus' name, Amen! -Salmon S
    Alvin T - Singapore
  • Father,
    thank you for your grace that these three men are able to come to know you despite the hostile environment they are in. Father we pray that you will grant them strength and courage to stand firm in their faith and that God you will also protect them from all harm and through this ordeal, they can be great testimony to their loved ones.
    Alvin T - Singapore
  • Father, we give thanks for our brothers in Christ who are standing firm in their faith through persecution. We ask that you will continue to watch over them as they await their appeal, that their hope in you will not diminish despite the circumstance. May your word comfort and encourage them, and may their testimonies in turn encourage other believers.
    Eunice P - Singapore
  • Dear Heavenly Father,
    We pray for these three men who are boldly standing for You, no matter the cost. Move powerfully in this situation, softening the hearts of those over seeing their case, that the appeal would be successful. We pray for their families: keep them strong in the faith and comforted through Your presence.
    In the name of Jesus, Amen
    Madison F - USA
  • Father, thank You for the strong faith of these Iranian believers and their willingness to suffer for Jesus. We ask that they will receive their day in court and they will continue to stand strong and share the Gospel with all in the prison they can reach. Be with their families. meet their needs. May all experience a sense of Your presence with them
    Gail M - USA
  • Lord thank You for the faith these men have in You and that they will continue to stand firm in their faith. Help their witness to affect al around them- the other prisoners, their guards, the judges, and their persecutors. Let Your love touch the hearts of all around them to follow You. I pray for justice for these men and for their families. In Jesus
    Cynthia H - USA
  • Lord God, I ask that You would strengthen these men as they wait, and help them to call to mind and believe the promises of Your word. May they have many opportunities to proclaim Your gospel as they suffer. I do pray that justice would be served, that they would receive an appeal, and that their families would be comforted as they wait.
    Danielle H - USA
  • Heavenly Father!! For these three men, I ask Your protection and Your intervention, Your rescue and Your Power over their lives and the lives of their families. I ask You to stop the people who are persecuting these men, and all the other Christian brethren, and to convert their hearts to Christ!
    christine s - USA
  • Father, please strengthen these 3 men with your peace and perseverence. Help them to know that you are with them. Comfort them. As this world becomes more evil by the day, I pray more people would join VOM and offer support and prayer. Come Lord Jesus!
    Nancy H - USA
  • Father, I thank you for these men and for the faithfulness that you have enabled them with that they can stand strong in Christ through this time. Please give their families great peace and help them to trust you through this knowing that you are in whatever the outcome may be. Be glorifed through these men. That Christ be made known.
    Vicki W - USA
  • Lord God, You alone are worthy to be praised! Thank You for the unfailing faith of the men in Iran who face persecution because of their faith. May their families not lose faith and the men continue to stand strong in the face of whatever lies ahead for them. Show them Your love and calm their fears. In Jesus Name, AMEN
    Linda R - USA
  • Father God come to the help of these helpless servant of thine do strengthened their resilience in these trying time grant courage to be bold and stand as true soldiers of the cross let not the enemy prevail against them, thou Lord will defend your own, grant justice dear Father, grant vision to the Aurhority that they will accept the gospel
    Joyce D - United Kingdom
  • Help these men be released because of this unjust laws.
    Debbie V - USA
  • Father, thank you for the courageous example of these men who remained loyal to Jesus at great cost to themselves and their families. Please provide for and protect them and their families. May they trust Jesus fully. Stop the plans of the enemy and accomplish your will. Glorify yourself and bring good from this situation. Thank you. Amen.
    Vicki Y - USA
  • Holy God we raise our voices to heaven calling upon you to deliver these men from the snare of the fowler and set the in a wide place. Strengthen them and sustain them with your right hand of righteousness such that other inmates will see the light of salvation through them. Let the prison authorities also be converted through them.
    Dumezweni M - South Africa
  • In the saving name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, God of salvation and strength, as brothers and sisters in Christ we praise You for faithfulness of Iranian men who are imprisoned. We pray for provision for them and families, hedge of protection on them and angels directly from heaven to minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Lord, I pray for these men who are being imprisoned in Iran for their faith in you. I pray that they would remain faithful to you in the face of such injustice, persecution and they would come to know you even more in this circumstance and shine for Jesus. I pray for their release and for those detaining them to see Jesus in them. In Jesus name amen.
    Nancy G - USA
  • Lord, please bless my dear brothers and their family with strength and joy and forgiveness. I just pray for the person overseeing this case that you will help them to be kind and also for them to come to know You as well.please do mighty things through this God. Save those Iranian authoritys in Jesus name amen
    Sierra H - USA
  • Heavenly Father we pray for these three brothers who face prison for their belief in Jesus. We pray their appeals will be heard and result in charges being dropped. As they await the decision may You grant them grace to continue in their walk with You. May they and their families be filled with Your peace, joy and hope. In Jesus' name, Amen
    Marita J - USA
  • Lord,
    Thank You for these faithful brothers and their unwillingness to renounce Christ even at the cost of years in prison. May You be glorified through them and may many come to know Your name, love, and power through their witness. May they remain firm while they await appeal. May their families not lose hope. May the authorities experience Your love
    Lysander S - USA
  • Dear Father, we lift up Your 3 sons who are standing up for Christ! May the jailers and local authorities see the Love of Christ in the 3 of them and come to know you as Lord. I pray that their families will not lose hope but continue to spread the gospel and pray for their family members. May these dear men grow in the grace and knowledge of You!
    Jennifer T - USA
  • Father, I lift up my brothers to you. Lord, may they feel your presence with them. Give them boldness and wisdom as they deal with this. Help them not grow weary or give in to fear. Strengthen and comfort their families as they wait upon you. I pray you would move on their behalf. soften the hearts of the authorities. May you receive all glory.
    Polly C - USA
  • Keep these brother strong and clear thinking. Bring them the help and favor they need to be released earlier. Let their witness be true for you and may it deeply touch those they encounter.
    michele r - USA
  • Father please fill these men with extraordinary faith. Help them to witness for you through their trials. May those who persecute them be convicted and turn from their sin.
    Rebecca H - New Zealand
  • In the name of the resurrected Jesus, our heavenly Father, Jehovah El Roi, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we adore You for faithfulness of these Iranian believers in Jesus, for Your Word, for multiple ways of sharing Your Word. We ask for release from prison, a hedge of protection on them and angels directly from heaven to minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Father, we come to You on behalf of our brothers. May they remain firm in their faith. Use their time in prison to strengthen them and to make them bold in their witness to their fellow prisoners and guards. Encourage them to know that You are and will continue working out Your perfect plan for them. Provide for their families' needs in their absence.
    Toni D - USA
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