and Islamic authorities are taking notice

Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani, convicted of apostasy from Islam and imprisoned for two years in Iran, refused three times last week to recant his faith in Christ. He could be executed at any time. Pastor Nadarkhani leads a house church of 400. He and his wife, Fatemah Pasindedih, have two young sons. Fatemah was also convicted of apostasy but the conviction was overturned. For more information, please visit Christian Solidarity Worldwide.


Yes, Christmas is less than a month away, and many of us are beginning to prepare for festivities and getting caught up in the excitement of the season.

That’s exactly why Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, is expected to release his decision in mid-December regarding Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani’s death sentence for apostasy. Many suspect this timing is a deliberate strategy to avoid an outcry from distracted international Christians.

Let’s not be so distracted that we forget to pray for Pastor Nadarkhani and his family. They are suffering because they have refused to deny Jesus. To remain informed about this situation, please visit the Iranian page on Christian Solidarity Worldwide’s website.


INTO THE THRONE ROOM – the place of intercession


Claim access to the Prayer Place by the blood of the Lamb. Enter the Lord’s gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise! Thank Him for the courage and perseverance of Iranian believers, for the blood of Iranian martyrs that is crying out to Him even now and for the effective fervent prayer of the saints around the world. Praise Him because, even though the media is mainly silent, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has issued a strong press release condemning Iran’s transgression of Pastor Nadarkhani’s right to freedom of religion. Boast about His power revealed when, in November of 2009, He released Maryam and Marzieh after 259 days of imprisonment in Iran for refusing to recant their faith in Jesus. Declare that God’s will be done on earth – in Iranian courts – as in heaven! Intercede for Pastor Nadarkhani and his family from Psalm 121. Intercede for Nadarkhani’s congregation and all Iranian believers and Muslim background believers from Acts 4:18-31, 12:5-11 and Hebrews 10:35-39. Declare that the persecution will cause more Muslims to be open to Jesus.