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Saturday, June 24, 2006

Day 31 Forty Day ‘Pray for Iran’ Campaign.


Finally, brothers, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honoured, just as it was with you. And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men, for not everyone has faith.’ 2 Thessalonians 3:1-2

Often overlooked in ministry is the need to pray for church leaders who are a primary target for the enemy. So today we want to bring all Iranian Christian leaders and their families before the Lord.

Much of the church growth among Iranians today has happened as men and women of God have stood in the gap and poured out their lives for the Gospel in Iran. They and their families need our prayers so that there will be continued healthy church growth. Also, we must not forget the wives and the children of the eight Christian ministers who have been martyred since 1979.

The Iranian church has a number of experienced leaders from various denominations who are much respected in the global church. Iran also has a growing number of emerging leaders who have a deep passion to see the love of Christ impact their nation. These are the ones who will lead the church in Iran for the next few decades and it is important that we pray for them too.

So let us together fervently intercede on behalf of these servants of the Most High and bring them before His throne of grace:

* Pray for protection for leaders and their families. Pray especially for their spouses and children and ask the Lord to bless the marriages of Iranian church leaders. Pray there will be much joy in their homes and that as a family they will be delivered from every wicked scheme of the enemy. Pray that the Lord will grant them health and strength.
* Pray for the anointing of the Spirit in their ministry. Pray according to Ephesians 6:19-20 that God would give them the right words to boldly explain the Good News. Pray they will be able to feed and care for the flock and that their gentleness will be evident to all. Pray that they would be diligent in their work and able to order their priorities and redeem the time as they have many demands on them.
* Pray for the fruit of the Spirit in their lives. Pray that they will live in purity of faith and conduct. Pray that as they give out, they will be replenished and will grow to know Christ more deeply.
* Pray for provision. Pray that the Lord will supply all their needs according to His riches in glory.

Thank you once again for praying.

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