Ramadan prayer – Iran
Summary of Iran
Iran has 95 people groups within its borders, and most of them are unreached (less than 2% Christian). However, the Joshua Project has pointed out that Iran has one of the largest growth rates of Evangelical Christianity(19.6%). It turns out, following the words of Christ, that the Gospel flourishes under persecution. Iranian churches are actively being closed and persecuted by the Islamic Intelligence Service, but underground house churches are remaining faithful throughout physical, social, and financial persecution.
However, there is a vacuum of spiritual leadership in Iranian churches because of active persecution. In many instances, Christians seek asylum in Turkey or any number of other nations in Europe and the Middle East. Additionally, many Iranian Muslims are seeking refuge from poverty and violence as well.
“The waves of persecution have pushed the Iranian Christian out of their own land to a neighbor country and this situation has provided a great opportunity for the churches to serve Christian refugees and also Muslim refugees in Turkey, Georgia, and Armenia.” – Daniel Kaboli
Population: 83,024,745(July 2018 est.)
Main religions: Muslim (official) 99.4% (Shia 90-95%, Sunni 5-10%), other (includes Zoroastrian, Jewish, and Christian) 0.3% (2011 est.)
Muslims – Pray for the spiritual and physical health of Iranian Muslims. Life is extremely difficult for most on a daily basis, and Islam provides no true hope for eternity (or life today). They walk out their days hoping to follow the 5 Pillars well enough to gain favor with Allah, all the while trying to keep food on the table for their kids. Pray that they will, by God’s Grace, have dreams that drive them to learn more about Jesus. Ask the Lord to place a Bible within their reach, and even put hidden Christians in their circle of friends—who can share the message of the Gospel with them.
Christians – Pray for Christians to remain steadfast and immovable under the intense pressure from the government and Islamic authorities. Pray that some will be able to immigrate to other countries to receive theological and pastoral training so that they can return and lead house churches underground. Ask the Lord to remind them of the hope they have in Christ. Pray they will be able to see the Bible’s vision of Christ’s Kingdom on a daily basis, and that they will be able to love Muslims around them well.
Refugees – Pray for Iranian refugees who have immigrated to countries in the Middle East and elsewhere. Many of these Muslims will be entering new cities with no community support for things as simple as learning how to buy groceries and find a doctor. This is a huge opportunity for Christians in these areas (and in American cities) to serve Muslims in their time of need—building true friendships that speak the Gospel through words and actions.
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A Long Road to Southeastern – Daniel Kaboli (SEBTS)
Iran – Joshua Project
*Facts included were retrieved from the CIA World Factbook.