|"He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted,|
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound..."
Isaiah 61:1 NKJV
Praise God, Praise God, Praise God! Pastor Nadarkhani has been released from prison by the grace and power of the Living God!
There have been millions of prayers lifted up on behalf of this dear man and his family, as he was sentenced to die for charges that were trumped up against him by the regime in Iran. He has been in prison for over three years, not knowing from one day to the next if he would live or die. This young pastor, under incredible stress to reject Jesus Christ, refused to turn his back on Jesus in order to save his life. What an awe inspiring witness that Jesus is worthy. Jesus is worthy. Jesus is worthy of whatever it takes in this life to stand up for the Gospel...
None of us will know until heaven how many unbelievers, inside the prison walls and out, have been brought to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ because of the courageous witness of this young pastor. Praise God for the faithful witness of this man under the threat of a death sentence. And for his young wife and children who stood by him through it all.
You and I, thousands of miles away from the cell where he was incarcerated, have had the incredible privilege of being a part of the prayer support for this dear man and his family. Isn't it amazing how God knits believers together in the Body of Christ? Even when we don't know each other; when we have never met; when we are separated by thousands of miles, God puts us together for blessing, one to the other! I love that about Our God!
I have posted requests for prayers for Pastor Nadarkhani frequently, most recently on July 29th, I asked all of my readers to pray for his safe return to his family. We dare not neglect to say thank you to the God of All Mercy for His answer to our prayers. What a privilege to have been able to "stand in the gap" for this dear man. And even more, to be able to stand and see the power of God to "set the captive free..." Thanks to all of you who prayed. You have been a part of something magnificent...
NOTE: Unfortunately, shortly after this happened, Pastor Nadarkhani was again imprisoned and remains there today, (Jan. 5, 2015). Please continue to pray for him and for his wife and children, who have now spent three Christmases without him. May God strengthen him, encourage him and his family. He has need of endurance.. And may the God of all Mercy and Grace bring something wonderful and beyond our imagination out of this nightmare. In the Powerful Name of Jesus Christ, we pray...