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PRAY

FEBRUARY 2018

February 1:  Please pray for the nation of Iran. Pray the Iranian government upholds the rule of law and allows Christians to have religious freedom as guaranteed under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

February 2:  There has been an increase of persecution of Christians in Iran in recent years. Pray Iran would offer true freedom to all its citizens, regardless of their religion or ethnicity.

February 3:  Pray new Christians in Iran have strength and courage as they face great pressures and threats. Pray Iranian authorities govern fairly, to enable Christians to practice their faith freely, without fear.

February 4:  Excessively harsh sentences were recently given to at least 14 Christians in Iran for everyday activities such as having a picnic or attending a friend’s wedding. Pray for safety of Christians in Iran.

February 5:  Please pray for Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani, who was released in 2012 after almost three years of unjust imprisonment in Iran. He has recently been unjustly sentenced to 10 years for "acting against national security."

February 6:  Pray for three Christian men in Iran, Mohammadreza Omidi, Yasser Mossayebzadeh and Saheb Fadaie, who were each given sentences of 10 years for "acting against national security." Pray these harsh sentences are lifted and charges dismissed.

February 7:  Pray for three Christian men in Iran, Omidi, Mossayebzadeh and Fadaie, awaiting the outcome of their appeal against a sentence of 80 lashes each, following conviction for drinking wine during a communion service.

February 8:  Pray the Iranian government calls for an annulment of conviction for Mr. Omidi, Mr. Mossayebzadeh and Mr. Fadaie for drinking wine during a communion service, which violates the constitutional recognition of Christianity.

February 9:  Pastor Nadarkhani and Mr. Omidi were sentenced to two additional years to be served in an extremely hot and harsh climate in southern Iran. Please pray this extra sentence will be lifted.

February 10:  Since Iranian President Rouhani's re-election there's been a steep rise of Christians convicted on vaguely-defined national security-related crimes and receiving unduly heavy sentences. Pray for safety of persecuted Christians in Iran.

February 11:  Please pray for Article 18, an organization that advocates on behalf of Iranian Christians. Pray Mansour Borji, Advocacy Director of  Article 18, has wisdom as he works to defend persecuted Christians in Iran.

February 12:  Almighty God, work powerfully in the hearts of judges in Iran, moving them to act justly and in fairness instead of punishing people for their faith or political views.

February 13:  Despite Iran's constitutional and international obligations, it continues to criminalize members of the Christian community for exercising their right to freedom of religion or belief. Dear Lord, please protect Your faithful servants in Iran.

February 14:  Please pray for Christians in Iran who are facing very harsh sentences because of their faith. Pray they would know the powerful presence of God as a comfort and shield.

February 15:  God, we pray for Your children in Iran who are unjustly facing the prospect of decades in prison for their faith. Give them courage and comfort, and grant them justice and freedom.

February 16:  "The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." Deuteronomy 8:31 Pray this verse over Iran’s Christians.

February 17:  Please pray for the nation of Eritrea. It is one of the most repressive regimes in the world, where Christians are jailed and beaten in attempt to get them to renounce their faith.

February 18:  Lord, we pray for Eritrea and its people. Move powerfully in this country, spreading Your peace and justice. Watch over CSW advocates working to bring lasting change and peace for Eritreans.

February 19:  Eritrea is one of the largest refugee-generating countries in the world with about 5,000 people fleeing each month. Pray for Eritreans forced to leave their homes and families in search of safety.

February 20: Dear God, protect the thousands of refugees fleeing Eritrea. Please provide for them on their journey and help them find a safe place to live.

February 21:  Many Eritrean Christians are suffering in horrific conditions after being arrested because of their faith. Dear Lord, we pray for Your justice upon evil forces and freedom for Your children.

February 22:  When detained, many Eritreans go to prison camps made up of shipping containers: tin boxes often pitch black inside, sweltering in daytime and freezing at night. Please pray for rescue and justice for these prisoners.

February 23:  Human rights and fundamental freedoms continue to be violated in Eritrea, and freedom of religion or belief is deteriorating. Pray the international community pressures the regime until every prisoner of conscience is freed without precondition.

February 24:  Working in Eritrea is often very difficult and dangerous. Please pray for God to watch over CSW's advocacy team, laboring tirelessly for this country.

February 25:  Please pray for CSW’s advocacy team working in Eritrea. Pray for perseverance, safety and wisdom as they raise the human rights situation in Eritrea at the UN and beyond.

February 26:  The Lord is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.Psalm 9:9 Pray this verse over Eritrea.

February 27:  Please pray that the leaders in Eritrea who suppress religious freedom will have compassion and changed hearts. Pray their eyes are opened to see the truth of the atrocities and persecution taking place.

February 28:  Dear Lord, we pray for Your healing over the nation of Eritrea. Carry Eritrea into a new era where Christians can live free from intimidation with no fear of religious persecution.