Pray for Our Brother!

Posted: February 23, 2012 in christianity, current events, islam, justice, persecution, politics, prayer, suffering

Please, take a moment to pray for our brother in Christ, Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who just yesterday was sentenced to execution in Iran for converting to Christianity.

Fox News reports:

Supporters fear Youcef Nadarkhani, a 34-year-old father of two who was arrested over two years ago on charges of apostasy, may now be executed at any time without prior warning, as death sentences in Iran may be carried out immediately or dragged out for years.

It is unclear whether Nadarkhani can appeal the execution order. …

Nadarkhani was arrested in October 2009 and was tried and found guilty of apostasy by a lower court in Gilan, a province in Rasht. He was then given verbal notification of an impending death-by-hanging sentence. …

The court then gave Nadarkhani the opportunity to recant, as the law requires a man to be given three chances to recant his beliefs and return to Islam.

His first option was to convert back to Islam. When he refused, he was asked to declare Muhammad a prophet, and still he declined.

Pray that our brother would be strengthened by the Father through the Spirit to hold fast to the word of life, confident that though Christ’s enemies may kill his body, his soul is secure in mercy and grace of God his Father, the only Lord of the universe who works all things according to the counsel of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace.

Please, beseech God for his mercy and sustaining power, that Pastor Youcef would be strengthened by the fact that God has granted him the great honor of not only believing in Christ, but also suffering for his name.  Pray that Pastor Youcef would fight the good fight of faith, and that he would confidently take hold of the eternal life granted to him through his good confession of Jesus Christ.

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Comments
  1. Kyle and Melissa Jenkins says:

    thank you for posting!

  2. John Braun says:

    Hey Matt,

    We’re definitely with you all on this! I’ve been praying for him and his family for the last several months since I heard of his arrest and arraignment. I was hoping and praying that the international support that was trying to come to his aid would succeed in freeing him, but apparently that was not to be the case this time/yet. Thanks for posting about this and bringing attention to it to our Christian community so that we can all band together to pray that both he will receive feel God’s grace sustain his faith and resolve and also that his family members will be strong and immovable as well. I can’t imagine how hard this must be for them.

    John Braun

    P.S.-I’ve been following your blog for a few months now, and it’s impressive.

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