Aug. 24, 2023 | Iran

Mass Arrests of Christians

[172] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Iranian Christians.

Nearly 60 Iranian Christians were swept up in a sudden wave of arrests across the country in mid-July, crippling ministry work. “Most ministries have stopped their activities,” said a front-line worker. His comments follow reports of three Christians arrested in Tehran on May 9, 2023. Agents of the Islamic Revolutionary Court arrived that morning with search warrants and confiscated mobile phones, laptops, books and pamphlets. One of the three Christians was able to make a short phone call and stated that they were being interrogated under severe pressure. Families of the three Christians report that they have not heard from them since and that government authorities have not responded to requests for information, nor have they confirmed their detention or allowed lawyers to be involved in the cases.

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  • Lord Jesus I pray about those believers who have been detained in police custody. I pray that they be treated fairly and even released. I pray they will not be prevented from having legal counsel. I pray they will be a witness while in custody and that many will come to Christ due to their witness. I thank you for the evangelism that is taking place.
    Eric D - USA
  • Father, please give courage and strength to your children in Iran. May they trust Jesus fully and not shrink back in fear. Provide for their needs and protect them. Continue to work on the hearts and minds of those who don't know Jesus and draw them into a saving relationship with Christ. Take these difficulties and challenges and bring good from them.
    Vicki Y - USA
  • Father, I lift up my brothers & sisters in Iran who are facing persecution for Your Name's sake. Please be near them & their families & comfort them. Be merciful to them. Guard them from the enemy. Strengthen their spirits. Please be with those who have not been heard from. Please keep them safe & sustain them. Draw those lost in Islam to Yourself.
    April D - USA
  • I continue to pray for the Iranian Christians arrested and also all Iranian Christians. Comfort them and their families. Be present with them in their suffering. May their suffering not be in vain but bring many to know You, Jesus. Bring about a great miracle and release them.
    Patrecia J - USA
  • Dear Jesus, send Your Holy Spirit to be present with all the Christians arrested and detained. Help them to be strong and wise. Comfort their families. I pray for them to be released. May they know they are not abandoned. May their suffering not be in vain.
    Patrecia J - USA
  • Dear Lord Jesus, please protect and deliver Your servants in Iran from persecution and bring salvation to their persecutors for Your name's sake and the love of the Holy Ghost. Blessed are all those who place their trust in You. In Your name and by the power of the Holy Spirit, Amen.
    Sarah A - USA
  • Lord Jesus, it's hard to even realize or understand the thoughts and hatred that fill the hearts and minds of the Iranian officials. Yet You love them and want that none should perish. Please use all your divine power and wisdom to reach them with Your truth. And provide for those who have been persecuted.
    Joel B - USA
  • Dear Lord Jesus Christ, please protect Your people from their enemies, please give them everything they need on this earth and in this life while they're on their way to meet You!
    christine s - USA
  • Lord God, I pray for these believers, that You would provide physical protection and also guard their hearts and minds with Your peace. May they trust You and believe that You are powerful and good even as they wrestle with injustice. I pray that truth and righteousness would prevail in this case and the believers would be released.
    Danielle H - USA
  • Dear LORD,

    Please guard the hearts and minds of Your persecuted body in Iran. I pray their patience would only grow their hope and wisdom- especially looking forward to the blessed hope as Titus 2:13 in the KJB. I pray they would be a great witness leading persecutors to repent of their sins and receive the gospel. In LORD Jesus Christ's name, amen.
    Devin C - USA
  • In the precious name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Jehovah Jireh, God Who provides. As brothers and sisters in Christ we praise You for faithfulness of Iranian Christians. We ask for provision, a hedge of protection, and angels direct from heaven to minister to her. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Lord,
    Thank You for our brothers and sisters in Iran and their willingness to follow You at any cost. We pray that You would give them peace as comfort as they endure heavy persecution. May they receive due process in their imprisonment and may their families have peace. May they be swiftly released in order to continue their kingdom work.
    Lysander S - USA
  • Please rescue the children of God who honor Christ. May they return to their families. Please Dear God hear our prayer in fYour Sind name amen
    Peggy A - USA
  • Father, may this new wave of persecution against Christ-followers in Iran be a catalyst for many Muslims realizing that Allah leads to eternal death and Jesus leads to eternal life. Open the eyes and ears of the unsaved to receive the good news of faith in Yeshua. That He alone provides salvation and shalom for all who call upon the name of the Lord.
    Patrick V - USA
  • In the living hope of resurrected name of Jesus, our heavenly Father Elohim Miqweh, God of hope as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for living hope of persecuted Iranian Christians. We ask of a hedge of protection, angels direct from heaven to encamp around and minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Heavenly Father I lift my brothers & sisters in Iran up to You today. Specifically I pray for those who are imprisoned unjustly for Your name. Lord may they feel your presence right now. Strengthen them through this persecution. Remind that they are Your children and You will never leave them nor forsake them. Lord be with their families & comfort them
    Lori L - USA
  • Heavenly Father, we pray for our Iranian brothers and sisters. Lord Jesus give then courage and boldness during this most difficult time. Lord, we pray for Your peace on their families and for these believers safe return home. We pray for the Gospel to spread like wildfire. In Jesus name, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit Amen.
    Alvin A - USA
    Carolyn A - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father I amen these previous prayers. The battle is Yours! Raise up Your Standard, the power of Your blood over the cries of Your children detained unjustly! I sing glory, honor, power & strength to the LORD! Deliver them from the hand of the enemy. Break his arm over the land. Restore hands & feet of Your church. In Jesus' Gracious NA.
    Johnathan K - USA
  • Our Father, hold the family and friends of the three Christians who were arrested, and haven't been heard from. Be with the ones who are missing. Give them strength to endure. I also pray that the government relent and free these people soon! In Jesus' name, Amen
    Elizabeth S - USA
  • Lord, I pray for these Iranian Christians in the extreme pressures. What they are enduring no one can understand, except for you. I pray for the peace that surpasses all understanding to be in their midst, and that your love and mercy would manifest to them. Strengthen them, give them courage, speak to them, in Jesus name , I pray. Amen.
    Nancy G - USA
  • In the saving name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Jehovah El Roi, God Who sees. as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You that Iranian Christians fix their eyes on Jesus. We ask of provision , a head of protection, angels direct from heaven to encamp around and minister to them. Amen.
    Gary F - USA
  • O Father God Almighty, send help to these Iranian Christians! Stretch out your hand to enable the church to begin ministry again so that your church grows in Iran. I pray for the Christians who were arrested be encouraged and strengthen. May you grant them favor with their captors who may have a change of mind and perhaps even release them. Amen.
    Diana F - USA
  • Sovereign Lord of All, The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Show your presence, and might in the deliverance of your 60 arrested and persecuted Christian believers. Guard their lives, fill them mightily Holy Spirit with your presence. May your witness through them bring more Iranians to Christ, our Savior! Protect the believers. Amen.
    Rosalind W - USA
  • Oh Lord we cry out to you for redemption of this situation in Iran. Declare your victory in this battle! Bring justice and peace over these families as well as the church in Iran. Free these Christian's or use them in profound ways to advance the Name of Jesus! Provide fellowship in safety. Raise up the church in Iran with love, mercy, Truth and joy.
    Atacy U - USA
  • God, You hold every child of Yours in Your hand. You know where all these Christians are. We ask that Your strong arm would be about them, and that their faith would not falter. We ask that this persecution would make the gospel bear much fruit, and that You would fill the their hearts and mouths with songs of praise in persecution. Give them hope.Amen
    Kesse R - USA
  • Dear Lord, our hearts are heavy with the disappearance of the 60 Christians.Please be with them and their families and allow their families to know what happened to them.Help those who persecuted &or executed them to be held accountable for their actions&through this process, help them to come to know Your Son Jesus and accept Him as their Lord&Savior
    Donna H - USA
  • Father, have mercy upon the church in Iran amid these persecutions. Let their faith remain strong and keep their eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame and is now seated at your right hand interceding for us, amen.
    Matthew E - USA
  • Father, please reassure these 60 Iranian Christians that they are not forgotten and that the Body of Christ worldwide is concerned and praying to You for their protection and deliverance. Grant them grace and peace in what have to be horrific conditions of imprisonment with torture and potential starvation and finally even execution. Give them peace!!
    Forrest B - USA
  • Father, would You remind our 3 dear brothers & sisters and their loved ones that You never leave nor forsake us. May all Your beautiful & powerful promises come back to them & flood their souls. TY tthat You will bring Your resolution to this situation in Your perfect timing. May all experience Your peace that transcends all understanding. Rom8:28
    Lisa T - USA
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