Welcome to the first day of this ‘Pray for Iran’ campaign!
You are joining thousands, perhaps millions, of Christians in every continent who are praying and fasting for Iran at this critical time in history.
In Daniel 6:26-27, the Persian King Darius said: "I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel. For He is the living God and He endures forever… He rescues and He saves; He performs signs and wonders … He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions."
Iran once had Godly leaders. King Cyrus the Great made the first declaration of human rights and is referred to in the book of Isaiah as God’s ‘anointed’ and God’s ‘shepherd’. King Darius once prayed: "God, protect my country from foes, famine and falsehood."
In contrast to Bible times, Iran today has no real friends in the East or the West. As a result of its nuclear policies, Iran could be facing a possible war and devastation. Once a prospering nation, Iran’s people are now suffering. Iran has the highest drug addiction rate in the world and according to an official Iranian government report in November 2005, 21% of the people suffer from depression. Unemployment, poverty and prostitution are on the rise and deception has spread its tentacles in every area of society.
Over the next forty days we want to intercede for Iran and ask the Lord to demonstrate His grace and mercy - remembering that He loves Iran and her 70 million people. Each day we will send you prayer requests for specific issues relating to the nation or the church in Iran.
Today, however, we want to begin with a general cry out to the Lord on behalf of Iran. Join Christians around the world today in praying:
- That God will hear the cry of the oppressed and the anguish of the afflicted, and see the rampant injustice and the threat of the ungodly.
- That God, in His mercy, will visit this ancient land bringing healing, understanding of truth and radical transformation. Let us plead that His grace and love will bring about a true spiritual revival within the nation.
- That God will raise righteous leaders who would fear and honour the God of Daniel, and who will also honour the sanctity of human life and human freedom.
We encourage you to view the slide show on the website as you pray. The pictures of Iran and the Persian worship music will help you intercede for the country.
Thank you so much for praying.
Lyrics to the song:
Jesus, the bread and the spring of life
Jesus, you are the bread and the spring of life
You guide me to the truth and salvation
You are the eternal son of God
The only intercessor to the sinners
O Jesus, you are my hope and my life
You have kept me only through your grace
There is nothing in me but iniquity
It is you who heals the pain in my body and soul
O Jesus, my beloved Jesus, Son of God
Jesus, you are the light and the Word of God
You are over and above the angels and the heavenly hosts
All power in heaven is in your hands
Our death and our life is according to your will