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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Iranian Christians Seek Global Prayer

I expend a lot of hot air on clueless politicians and other nitwits at home and abroad. I also offer my opinion on addressing the problems of the world in the hope that someone may see in a different light or take heart that there are others out here that see as they do. In all of this I understand that the world is a messed up place because the free will of human nature is messing it up. Yet there is one who is aware, knows the way out, has a sovereign will and is willing to hear. It is because of this I present to you the following.

On May 25th, Ascension Day, Iranian church leaders are launching 40 days of prayer and fasting for Iran.

These are extremely critical days for Iran as neither the USA nor Israel has ruled out military action if the Iranian government does not halt the enrichment of uranium for their nuclear programme. In response Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadenejad, has claimed he has over 100,000 suicide bombers to wreck havoc on Western interests.

These are also extremely critical days for the church which is facing fiercer oppression and intimidation since the election of the hard liner President Ahmadenejad last year.

Because of the serious danger facing the people of Iran, and the new pressure the church is facing, the Iranian church is calling God's people to a special prayer campaign starting on May 25th, Ascension Day.

If you would like to take part, go to www.prayforiran.com on May 25th where every day you will find up to date information for intercession.

These are not people who are using religion as a vehicle of social activisum, but believers seeking to bring the light of truth to their nation and Divine help in fostering peace. The Christian is called to be a light to the world, by his actions and his words. He is also called to pray "on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints." Because " This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us."

Yeghnazar believes the "small but 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," he said. "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."

Yeghnazar, who runs a Farsi-speaking Bible college and missionary training center, wants people to pray for the church, which "has experienced severe persecution and restrictions since the 1979 revolution."

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