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Lord, we pray for the end of brutality and oppression in Iran. May Your light, liberty, and love pierce the darkness there, and we pray particularly that You would watch over our Iranian brothers and sisters in Christ at this tumultuous time.

Analysis. The totalitarian regime in Iran may be facing its most critical internal threat ever. Despite the government’s attempt to violently suppress them for three months, widespread protests across the country in challenge of the Ayatollah’s rule appear to be escalating. And now state agents are resorting to public hangings, a step that could signal a new phase in this struggle.

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The firestorm began after the mid-September death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish Iranian visiting Tehran. Iran’s “morality police” arrested the young woman allegedly for improperly wearing a hijab to cover her head and body, and the authorities reportedly rained down blows on her head while she was in custody. Demonstrations of solidarity with Amini swiftly spread to more than 80 cities across the country — even to some very religiously conservative areas.

While state agents attempt to censor information about the protests, some chants have reportedly included: “We don’t want the Islamic Republic,” “Khamenei is a murderer,” and “Death to the dictator!” The protests, often led by young women, many of whom are defying the regime symbolically by publicly burning hajibs and cutting their hair, are uniting Iranians across ethnic and class boundaries — people who are fed up with the repression, economic incompetence, and global extremism of their government.

As it has in the past, Iran’s regime is responding with force. In these attacks on the crowds, many civilians — including young children — are being harmed, and some have even been killed. Precise numbers are difficult to ascertain, but BBC recently confirmed the identities of more than 75 protestors killed and noted that some estimates suggest more than 400 may be dead.

One of these victims was 62-year-old Minoo Majidi. BBC’s article says she told her family: “If I don’t go out and protest, who else will?” Then she was reportedly gunned down by security forces in the western city of Kermanshah.

Majidi’s daughter, Roya Piraei, successfully posted a graveside photo of mourning and defiance on Instagram, and she told BBC: “I believe that what’s happening in Iran is not a protest any more. It started with a protest, but a revolution is taking shape.”

Iranian authorities must be concerned. Even as state leaders issue conflicting statements about the “morality police,” which may or may not be disbanded, they are also projecting renewed resolve against the demonstrations. Not only are arrested protestors subject to dangers while in custody and in prison, but death sentences are swiftly being issued to dozens of them — even, in recent days, to a professional soccer player (a very visible figure during the World Cup). And just recently, authorities carried out the execution of two individuals — both 23-year-olds — by public hanging.

The New York Times reports that the trials of these individuals are being compared by human rights groups to “lynching committees” without judicial due process. One source told the Times that they “are designed to repress the protests and create a climate of fear and intimidation in the society.” However, they may thereby be actually fueling the demonstrations rather than crushing them.

Certainly, the protests — and the violent attempts to crush them — are stirring a response abroad. For example, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom Commissioner Eric Ueland last month said: “Despite government violence, arrests, mass trials, and death sentences, the Iranian people’s continuing struggle for religious freedom is inspiring.” He then called on the U.S. to “lead the international community in uplifting and amplifying the voices of Iranians calling for greater freedom of religion or belief.”

Notably, just last week the U.S. led an effort at the United Nations to expel Iran from the UN Commission on the Status of Women because of its brutality against women and girls. In addition, Congress appears to be considering a new response, as both the Senate Foreign Relations and the House Foreign Affairs committees have advanced identical resolutions in support of the Iranian demonstrators.

“The Iranian regime’s ongoing violent crackdown on protestors exposes its egregious denial of fundamental human rights and dignity,” said the resolution’s House sponsor, Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-N.Y. “We must do everything in our power to hold the Iranian regime accountable for its malign actions against its people and our partners in the region.”

Similarly, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez, D-N.J., the resolution’s Senate sponsor, said he intends to maintain a “spotlight on the Iranian regime’s crackdowns, shutdowns, and deflections in response to the demands of the Iranian people, and to call on our partners in the international community to stand with the people of Iran.”

Will you pray for light and liberty to break through in Iran? And will you pray especially for our our brothers and sisters in Christ there? Already they are under intense persecution (see this July IFA article), and recent reports suggest they are being pressured by Iranian agents to stay out of the protests — a matter that may be causing debate within the Christian community there. May followers of Christ in Iran be filled with wisdom and confidence as they navigate this struggle and seek to be agents of Christ’s light and love to their neighbors — especially in this Christmas season.

How are you praying for persecuted Iranians? Share your prayers and scriptures below.

Aaron Mercer is an IFA contributing writer with two decades of experience in the Washington, D.C. public-policy arena. Photo Credit: mostafa meraji on Unsplash.

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Priscilla Meyenburg
December 20, 2022

Father God we ask for your spirit to quickly go into this country of Iran. This country and leaders have not committed themselves to God. James 4:1—-

“1From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? 2Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. 3Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss,” Irans actions are motivated by Satan that presents Selfish ambition, bitterness, hate,. This country has not because they ask not! Conflicts and disputes and constant quarrels result from evil desires. Envy of wanting more possessions, more higher status, more power. They are under a dictatorship that is guided by demonic spirits that steal, kill and destroy. ( Sounds too familiar) May the Christian followers call upon God to give them wisdom, strength to stand strong by using Gods words: “We as a unit of Believers we decree that evil has no power against us as believers, and has no authority over us and our families.” I pray they learn to speak to God ; His Will is for safety, for asking protection over your country and removing the dictator that rules under dark spirits. I pray Psalms 91: over them —-1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he[b] loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name..” God is their refuge, protector a name they can call upon to deliver them from the cruelty of their dictator and stop the brutality to all women. God promises as they seek his face, God will answer and hear their cries and actions of Faith. Father I pray a resistance against the devil as they the Iranians speak against these powers of darkness. That has held them captive.for years. Father God remove this dictator and replace him with someone who can give them Hope. Father God I pray miracles will start to manifest it self upon the People in Iranian, as Gods light starts to fill this country. Where Gods words are the I am is with you! These words come to me often: Jesus, Jesus there is something about that name. Psalms: 105:4 “ Look to the Lord and His strength; seek his face” always.” 🧎‍♀️ Thank you Jesus send these words so they can be refreshed in your presence.

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Nancy Berkey
December 17, 2022

I pray deliverance and salvation thru Jesus Christ for the Iranian people . I pray they could have a Christian Republic form of govt. In the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen☦

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Donald Vader
December 17, 2022

I pray in the name of you Jesus for all of the Iranian people who are taking a stand for their freedom during this revolution and that you would empower them and strengthen them and give them an army of angels to watch over them and protect them and that they shall turn to you in the midst of all of this in the mighty name of Jesus by his blood I decree victory for the Iranian people… Amen

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    Nancy Berkey
    December 17, 2022

    I pray deliverance and salvation thru Jesus Christ for the Iranian people . I pray they could have a Christian Republic form of govt. In the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen☦

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Judy Dodson
December 17, 2022

Dear Lord, I pray for a hedge of protection around my Brothers & Sisters in Iran. You said in your word that the evil will be destroyed, I pray if their hearts can not be changed, may they be defeated. He who is in us is stronger than he who is of the world. AMEN

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Katherine Anderson
December 17, 2022

Dear Lord, I pray for the people of Iran, that they may successfully overturn this evil regime. I pray for the protection and wisdom of believers in Iran during this difficult time. May many come to know you. I pray that the nations of the world will support the people in Iran. I pray for my Iranian Christian friend in Chile-for peace of mind, and for her relatives in Iran to know you.

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