Some Iranian believers have been released from prison after the Iranian Supreme Court stated that participating in house churches is not a criminal act.
Some Iranian believers have been released from prison after the Iranian Supreme Court stated that participating in house churches is not a criminal act.
Jan. 13, 2022 | Iran

Nine Christians Released from Prison Pending Review

[157] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Recently Imprisoned Believers.

Nine believers who have spent nearly three years in prison have been released while their sentences are under review. The believers were arrested in Jan. and Feb. 2019 and later sentenced to five years’ imprisonment for “acting against national security.” But in Nov. 2021, the Iranian Supreme Court ordered a review of their sentences and stated that participating in house churches is not a crime against national security. Pray that these believers will be acquitted following the review. Pray that the court’s decision will lead to freedom for other Christians in Iran who remain in prison.

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  • Father, we are so excited to hear this example of a house church being looked at in a better light! Please use this case to pave the way for the release of more of our brothers and sisters. And now we pray for those who have been released, that they will process their trauma and acclimate back into their families and be able to find work.
    Brenda M - USA
  • Dear Lord, thank You for the encouraging events regarding these believers' prison sentence. Thank You that participation in house churches is not considered a crime against national security. May they be acquitted, and may other imprisoned Christians also be released under the same rulings. Thank You for any encouragement for Christ in Iran! Amen.
    Lynne W - USA
  • Praise God for their release. May the court affirm there is no threat but love, mercy for the word of God, Amen
    jeff h - USA
  • OLORD, thank you for the believers in Iran. May they be lifted up to glorify your name, Jesus. Give your saving grace to the thirsty hearts who long for Your living waters. May your strength & might be shown in prison, & thru your church. Protect your people & provide for their needs. Grant favor to the prisoners, & free them. In Jesus Name we pray.
    SM D - USA
  • Father God, I give you praise and thanksgiving for the release of these prisoners in Iran and I pray that more freedom will follow for all believers to freely gather together and worship Jesus as Lord. I pray that there will be many conversions of other Iranians in this country. Please draw many to faith in Jesus Christ alone and magnify your name.Amen
    Julia F - USA
  • Father wi pray for our brothers and sisters in Iran. we ask that those who are in prison would be as Paul, able to minister to those who guard them and those who are beside them in prison. We ask that You would open the doors to them being released . You are a God of miracles and we ask this miracle on behalf of those who are suffering in Iran.
    kathleen r - USA
  • We praise you Father for bringing thru this law change in the supreme court and may it be upheld in every district, every city and town in Iran. May prisoners be speedily released and charges dropped under this law change. Hallelujah! Continue to work mighty acts in this nation to build your church.
    Carolann P - Canada
  • In the loving name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Jehovah Raah, our Shepherd, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we adore You for faithfulness of Iranian imprisoned Christians. We ask that they continue to call upon the Lord, for a hedge of protection on them and angels directly from heaven to minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Abba! I thank You that it is not by might nor by power, but by Your Holy Spirit, sayth the Lord of hosts. May wisdom from upon high permeate these judges hearts, that my brethren may be set free from their earthly bondage. And may they continue to tread steadily along Your pathways. In Yeshua's name
    Randal A - USA
  • Thank you, Lord, that the Iranian Supreme Court stated that participating in house churches is not a crime against national security. Following review of their cases, may these believers be acquitted. I pray the court's decision will lead to freedom for other Christians in Iran who remain in prison. Praise be to God!
    HELEN W - USA
  • Dear Lord, we thank You for working in Iran to free the Christians. Help this to be the first step to a complete overturn of the ways Christians are treated in Iran. Help them to be able to openly share their beliefs with others without any fear of prosecution. Help those who do not know You to come to know You, love You and serve You. Amen!
    Donna H - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for 9 recently imprisoned believers in Iran: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. As they're under reviewed, may they be acquitted following review. May the court's decision benefit other believers. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Almighty God and Creator of the universe. We come before Your Holy presence and seek Your great mercy. We pray that these believers will be acquitted following the review. We pray that the court's decision will lead to freedom for other Christians in Iran who remain in prison. In Jesus Precious Name and the fellowship of the Holy Spirt Amen
    Alvin A - USA
  • I give You praise, Father, for the release of these nine Christians. You have released them for a purpose. May they bring many to Christ and disciple many through what You have taught them the last three years in prison. May we Christians in the West learn about faith from our brethren in Iran. In Jesus' name. AMEN
    Lynne J - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father. Grant that the recently imprisoned believers are acquitted and are able to return to their families and to continue in their faith. We know Your Will be done. In Jesus's name. Amen.
    Karen C - USA
  • DIOS Y PADRE TE RUEGO POR MIS HERMANOS IRANIES Y SUS FAMILIAS LIBEROLOS DE LAS MANOS DE ESTE NUEVO FARAON QUE PONE CARGA PESADA A TUS HIJOS TE LO PIDO EN NOMBRE DE JESUCRISTO
    MIRIAM S - Argentina
  • Glory to God and thanks and praise and glory and honor to him who sits on the Throne! Thank you LORD for the release of these believers, our brethren, and I oray that they will be acquitted following the review. I pray that more prisoners are released and God gets the glory, through Christ.
    Sean H - USA
  • Jesus we pray and ask you to see these charges against the believers be dropped and this will lead to more freedom for others to share there faith. Give them boldness through the holy spirit. May God's love and peace be with you all.
    Craig M - USA
  • Father in heaven, You are our teacher and provider. You know why all suffering happens and You have a purpose and plan for it. We pray for the peace and release of these, Your children in Jesus, who have been jailed for worshiping the true and living God. Bring Your enemies to the cross through this event. God be praised. In Jesus' name. Amen.
    john p - USA
  • Father, what good news that house church participation is not criminal. May believers be acquitted and the acquittal usher in new policies, responses and decisions favoring faith in Jesus. Continue to bless the Bibles brought into Iran and may Your truth reveal to readers their need for salvation in Christ alone. Grant the imprisoned steadfastness.
    Beth P - USA
  • Abba, Adonai I pray blessings and great favor upon our beloved brethren there in Iran. I thank You Father the courts are reviewing these cases. I pray ALL would work out in their favor and they would immediately be set free. Bless them Adonai for their faithfulness I pray in Yeshua's name!
    Yahliah M - USA
  • Abba, Adonai I pray blessings and great favor upon our beloved brethren there in Iran. I thankthese you Father the courts are reviewing these cases. I pray ALL would work out in their favor and they would immediately be set free. Bless them Adonai for their faithfulness I pray in Yeshua's name!
    Yahliah M - USA
  • I pray for the release of imprisoned believers in Iran and all around the world.
    Clarice M - USA
  • Lord, I ask that you protect the believers who are in prison in Iran right now. Give them strength to endure and give them hope and comfort. I thank you that some were released but I ask now that they will be acquitted so they won't be forced back to prison. May the court be led to release all Christians who are being imprisoned at this time.
    Christa B - USA
  • Father, I thank you that the Supreme Court in Iran said that being active in a house church is not against national security. I pray they would let these prisoners go and that this ruling would change things for Christians permanently. I pray for the continued outpouring of your spirit in Iran and for the Christian church to grow. In Jesus name, amen.
    Nancy G - USA
  • Praise You Father for this great news! Please cause all charges to be dropped in the Mighty Name of Jesus, amen.
    Pmandy Y - USA
  • Lord I lift up these believers and pray for their speedy release. I pray for humility, love, courage and the fruit of the Spirit as they wait for the results. I pray for hope for their families and for justice to reign. I pray for Your love and peace to fill them to the brim and overflow to their persecutors. I pray Lord for the Word to give them peace
    Joy H - USA
  • Father- nothing is impossible with you!

    Encourage them to continue in the work that you have called them to do before the foundation of the world.

    Touch the judges hearts to acquit them of the charge against them, and grant freedom to those Christians who remain in prison charged with same offense.

    Thank you for hearing and answering our prayers.
    JoAnne J - USA
  • Thank you God for divine intervention for the nine Christians,pls Lord, let not your presence depart from them, heal them physically and spiritually, help them to forgive their accusers.We pray for favor and freedom for the released Christians and for every other Christians in prison.Through their testimony, let more souls be won to you in Jesus name
    funke a - Nigeria
  • Lord we rejoice with our brothers for their release, we thank you that you open the doors of those in prisiĆ³n like you said in Isaiah. We thank you for opening the Iranian court eyes and hearts for your church, we pray the gospel may continue to prosper in Iran and many more are liberated and converted in the name of Jesus chains are broken hallelujah
    Ivanova R - Panama
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