Our Father, Hallowed by Thy Name.
We come to you today to ask for protection for Iranian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. He is imprisoned, for no other reason than that he loves You and stands faithful to Your Word. Protect his wife and children; keep them from harm. Help us to understand your will. Help us to pray in powerful blessings. May Your church, the Underground Church, continue to gain members around the world. We thank You for all of our blessings in this, your beautiful creation. In the name of Jesus we pray.
International Christian Concern calls for prayer for Youcef. "We are asking for your urgent prayer and action for Youcef Nadarkhani, an Iranian pastor who may be executed any day now if he continues to refuse to recant his faith in court."
"Youcef is the pastor of a house church in Rasht, Iran, and was arrested in October 2009 for opposing the education practice that forces non-Muslim students to read the Quran in school. Youcef had argued that the Iranian constitution permits children to be raised in their parents' faith; however, for defying Iranian authorities, Youcef was charged with apostasy."
"Throughout his imprisonment, Youcef has trusted in the Lord and has been a bold witness of the redeeming work of Christ in his life. Youcef has learned to delight in hardships and persecution for Christ's sake (2 Cor. 12:10). "Many attempt to flee from their spiritual tests... [but] no one will be victorious by escaping from them, but with patience and humility he will be able to overcome all the tests and gain victory," he wrote from Lakan Prison last June. "Although heaven and earth will fade, His word will still remain." "
We can only grow strong in our faith when we consider Youcef's considerable strength and trusting in the LORD!
Take immediate action and read more at persecution.org.