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In the early morning hours after Christmas day, the Iranian government arrested 25 Christians in Tehran and other locations. They also planned to detain sixteen others, but were unable to locate them. There are also unconfirmed reports that the authorities have arrested over 50 other Christians. According to BBC Persian, the Governor of Tehran has vowed to arrest more evangelical Christians.

One of those detained was able to make a call to friends from an unknown location on the morning of the arrests, leaving this message -

"Unfortunately early this morning the authorities came to our homes. They arrested us and many other believers. I want to ask you to pray for us.We are sure God will never leave us or forsake us. God bless you. Sorry for giving you bad news over Christmas, but I believe God will do something for us."

Those who received the voice message were impressed by the caller's courage and calmness.

Armed, plain-clothes, special security officers forcefully entered the homes of Christians while they were asleep, and verbally and physically abused them. They were handcuffed and taken for interrogation. Among those arrested were five married couples. One couple was separated from their two-year old baby. Another couple was also forced to leave their baby that the mother was breast feeding. A number of single young women were also among those taken.

Another sixteen Christians would have been arrested, but were not at home. The security forces broke into at least five such homes, ransacking them, taking personal possessions, changing the locks and placing a government seal on the door. Family members of these Christians have been called by the authorities and threatened and harassed. They were instructed to tell the Christians to surrender themselves.

After many hours of interrogation, eleven of the detained were released. The other fourteen are still in prison. There has been no contact from eight of the arrested. Six have been able to make a very short call to their families. In one of the brief calls, one of the arrested complained that they are being subjected to sleep deprivation.

None of them have been granted any legal representation. No charges have been made, though it is clear that they were arrested for their active Christian faith.There has been a gross lack of due process. The government authorities have not provided any written documents as to the reason for the arrests, any record of the items confiscated, and family members are not allowed to visit the detained.

There is an urgent need for Christians all over the world to intercede for our brothers and sisters in prison in Iran.

Let us pray that they will experience the presence and the power of the Holy Spirit, even in their prison cells. Pray they will have supernatural endurance and courage through this trial, and be shining witnesses to the guards and other inmates. Pray for peace and wisdom when they are being interrogated. Pray for their health. Pray for comfort and confidence for their families. Pray they will soon be released.

Pray for the welfare and protection of those the government is still seeking to arrest. Pray the Lord will guide their every step. Pray for the wider church in Iran to continue faithfully and fearlessly proclaiming the Good News of the Gospel. Pray for those who are working to help the persecuted and their families.

It is comforting to know that our sovereign, omniscient, all-powerful God knows about every single arrest that has been made, and that He will bring glory to His name through this suffering. He will cause this persecution to bring victory for His Kingdom in Iran.

Thank you for your prayers,

Pray for Iran




Follow Maryam and Marzieh's story from the beginning by looking at previous articles.

31 March 2009: Two Young Iranian Christian Women Arrested

03 April 2009: Maryam and Marzieh still held in prison

05 May 2009: Still being held - More prayer needed

19 June 2009: Iranian Christians are crying out for freedom

09 August 2009: Maryam and Marzieh Summoned for Court Decision

10August 2009: "We will not deny our faith".

7 September 2009: Deteriorating health

7 October 2009: Determined to remain faithful


What is is a website dedicated to encouraging prayer for the nation and people of Iran.  As well as highlighting special prayer needs, the site provides 40 subjects for prayer to help you and your church pray intelligently for Iran.  Simply click on one of the 40 links to take you to a page which will help you learn about the subject and guide you in praying. Each page has a slide show with images from Iran accompanied by some Persian worship music to help you intercede.


This site was launched by Elam Ministries in May 2006 when over 120 Iranian church leaders pledged to 40 days of prayer and fasting for Iran.  They also issued a call to the global Church to join in praying for the strategic country of Iran. Many thousands across the world responded and joined in praying for Iran, and the site became available in nine languages.



Why Pray And Fast For Iran?


Iran has long played a leading role in the Islamic world. These days it is at the centre of a global crisis that could easily lead to war, deep political turmoil and economic chaos.  We need to fall on our knees and pray that God, in His mercy, will intervene.


Also, the rapidly growing Iranian church is on the brink of unprecedented growth.  Despite the prospect of persecution, men and women, young and old are putting their faith in Jesus Christ – many as a result of dreams and visions.  We need to thank God for the open hearts and we want to cry out for a great revival.  A strong church in Iran will impact the entire region.


What Are We Praying For?


For the persecuted Church in Iran – The Church has experienced severe persecution and restrictions since the 1979 revolution.  In the last year, this intimidation of Christians has intensified.  We pray for protection, wisdom and boldness for our brothers and sisters in Iran.


For Revival in Iran – Most of Iran’s 70 million people have never had the opportunity to hear the Gospel.  We pray that every Iranian will hear and understand the Gospel and that millions will repent and be saved.

For God to intervene in the political situation – We pray that God will give Iran righteous and humble leaders who will act justly and love mercy.   


How To Pray


We encourage you to pray with faith and love for the people of Iran, not with fear and prejudice. Let the Lord show you how much he loves and cares for the people of Iran, just as he loved and cared for the people of Nineveh as in the story of Jonah. Secondly, please focus your prayers on the people of Iran – that they would come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Don’t concentrate only on the political situation.  


Finally, please let as many others know about this website as you can.  Thank you so much for praying for Iran.  To God be the Glory.



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