Tomorrow is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.
We have the great privilege of joining in prayer with our brothers and sisters all across the world for those believers who are suffering for the cause of Christ.
There are so many for whom we are summoned into the inner chamber by God, Himself, to pray.
Tonight, I especially ask you to remember Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, a young pastor, separated from his wife and children while waiting in the cruel isolation of an Iran prison waiting to hear if he will live or die.
Please take a minute to watch the attached video, which is a letter Pastor Youcef sent to you and to me, requesting our prayers. We must stand, or better yet, kneel, before our God and cry out for this young, courageous believer, and for his family. May God turn the hearts of his captors and spare his life.
The verdict on Pastor Youcef's life is expected to be announced at Christmas time, which many believe is not a good sign. The powers that rule in Iran may be hoping that the rest of the world will be preoccupied and distracted by the pageantry of Christmas. May we prove them wrong...
Here is Pastor Youcef, in his own words.
Scripture Reference: Romans 8: 37-39 NKJV
“Yet in all these things, we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life,
Nor angels nor principalities nor powers,
Nor things present, nor things to come,
Nor height nor depth,
Nor any other created thing,
Shall be able to separate us
From the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus, Our Lord.”