In light of the protests and violence in Iran after the death of Zhina Mahsa Amini, believers around the world are looking for ways to pray for Iran. This prayer was shared by our friends at Elam Ministries, who are serving the Church in Iran.
It was written by Asrin, an Iranian Christian leader who, like Zhina Mahsa Amini, is Kurdish and so understands the repression that both Kurds and women have faced in Iran over many decades. You can read the original prayer and learn more about Elam’s work here.
With a breaking heart, I lift up my country to you.
As we watch the pain, sorrow and violence spreading across Iran right now, we thank you that you are the God of all comfort.
We grieve for those hurting. We lift up especially the family of Zhina Mahsa Amini, and the loved ones of those who have died or been injured in the protests. Please, show them your comfort. You alone can ease this pain.
Many protestors have been arrested and their families do not know where they are. Many people are afraid to leave their homes amid the unrest. Many people are so hurt and angry they are consumed by it. Please, reveal your comfort to them. Comfort my country, Lord.
Now more than ever, Iran needs your hope.
So many of our people don’t know you. They are hurt, they are angry and despairing. They desperately need hope. They feel unseen and unheard. But Father, you see all. You hear the cry of every heart.
Now is the most important time for our people to hear and receive your Good News. Lord, open their hearts. Bring them near to you. Let them enter into your living hope.
Lord, you have many faithful people in Iran. Strengthen your church to be courageous as they go out to share your love with the hurting. Be with them by your Spirit and protect them as they go on prayer walks, as they hold out your words of hope, as they minister to people practically.
Awaken your church in Iran to be fully present with those who are buried deep in pain and anger. And awaken your global Church to know how to pray and act at this time.
Father, we ask that no more of Iran’s daughters or sons would be killed. Restrain the violence, we pray. May many lay down their weapons and refuse to use violence.
We pray the fear of God would enter the hearts of Iran’s leaders: that they would repent and turn to you. Lord, free our beautiful nation from oppression.
Lord, dispel the darkness, the anguish and the suffering from our land. Let your light break through!
Maranatha. Come, Lord Jesus.
If you’re looking for more ways to pray for peace in the world, we have a simple guide to praying for breaking news headlines. And if you want to bring your community into praying for Iran, why not host a prayer room? Learn more about prayer rooms here.