Saeed’s Wish on His Birthday: Pray for the U.S.
ICC Note: American pastor Saeed Abedini spent yet another birthday in an Iranian prison. When a relative came to visit him, he expressed in a letter his desire to see Christians initiate a revival through prayer for the United States. In March, President Obama visited the home of Pastor Saeed’s wife and ensured Saeed’s family that he would do as much as possible to secure his release.
By Michael Haverluck
05/07/2015 United States (One News Now) – Despite President Barack Obama’s veto of a bill calling for American pastor Saeed Abedini to be released from prison as part of the Iran nuke deal, the Christian convert’s 35th birthday wish is selfless — that Christians simply pray for America.
Saeed will spend another birthday in chains locked away from his family on Thursday. But when a family member visited him last week in a high-security Iranian prison — where guards have told him he will continue to be tortured for his faith until he denies Christ and submits to Allah — his mind and heart went to things above.
A message through bars
In an open letter he gave to a family member to bring back to the United States, Saeed focused on calling American Christians to spark a revival through prayer:
“I have been made aware that the National Day of Prayer (May 7th) falls on my birthday this year! As an American and as a prisoner for Christ, I have spent many hours praying and crying out to God for revival for this great nation. We all hope for the success of our nation and for America to be blessed, but without revival, there can be no true success or blessing. As Ezra cried out to God in repentance and the Israelites joined him in weeping bitterly and turning from their sin, I would like to ask you to join me in repenting and praying for revival — me from inside of these prison walls and you on the outside.”
The pastor — whose wife was visited at her home in Idaho by Obama months ago, ensuring her that he would do all he could to work toward Saeed’s release … before vetoing a demand for his release this week — then quoted Scripture to incite the revival.