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ICC Note: It is important to pray for other countries out there were persecution is happening! The people of Iran see the importance of praying for their leaders.

Christians Around The World Pray For Iran Government

6/27/2006 Iran (BosNewsLife)– “Today we want to pray for all those who hold public office in Iran and other people of influence in Iranian society,” said organizers on website www.prayforiran.com “Iran is led by a Supreme Ruler who controls all key levels of power, there are many thousands of other people who work in Iran’s various branches of national and local government and they need our prayers.”

The government prayers is part of a global 40 days of prayer and fasting campaign “for the salvation” of Iran which began on ‘Ascension Day’, May 25. “In response to the current crisis surrounding Iran , over 120 Iranian church leaders have pledged” to participate in the prayers, said Sam Yeghnazar, President of Elam Ministries, an evangelical group aimed at strengthening and expanding churches in Iran and beyond.

There has been concern about reports of persecution of Christian converts. Last year a Muslim convert to Christianity was reportedly stabbed to death in nearby Gonbad-e-Kavus, 60 miles (96 kilometers) from Gorgan. The body of Ghorban Dordi Tourani, 53, was thrown in front of his home a few hours after he was arrested from his home on November 22, 2005.

The 40-days of prayer, which is expected to deal with different aspects of Iranian society and what Christians see as a spiritual battle, has not been a long time in planning. It was first discussed on April 21, 2006. Because it is important, the idea has gathered much pace. Because it is urgent, we cannot wait.

In recent years there has emerged a growing group of intellectuals who are striving to reconcile tradition with modernity. These are people with revolutionary backgrounds who believe the regime has failed to deliver on true political liberty and social justice and are therefore trying to rethink the [Islamic] revolution,” which created the current political system, Iranian Christians said.

“Though they have faced fierce opposition, their viewpoints are having an increasing impact in Iran and this can be seen in the Iranian film industry, arts, literature, as well as in the political world. So today we want to join and pray that God will direct the rulers and people of influence in Iran ,” they added. They said they would ask God to give government officials “wisdom” and “protection” to those involved in fighting injustice “as their families face threats and opposition.

In addition, organizers of the global prayer chain for Iran, have been urging churches and individual Christians to, “Pray that the Lord will raise up men and women who will champion the cause of truth and righteousness in all levels of government and that, ”Iranian Christians will be able to communicate clearly to Iranian society the Biblical view of freedom, human rights, and religious liberty.”

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