May 11, 2020
The year 1979 was significant for Iran and the entire Muslim world. Widespread social injustices, exiled leaders, Western-oriented politics and religious influences led to a revolt. The Persian monarchy was replaced by an Islamic Republic. The famous Ayatollah Khomeini came back to Iran from his exile in France to be the leader of the revolution and establish a new Islamic state.
The country of Iran exchanged Western cultural influences for a conservative Muslim theocracy that included the segregation of women and the censorship of media and culture. These changes spread into many surrounding Muslim countries. Arab states such as Egypt also became more conservative, restricting the freedom of their citizens and influencing daily life for millions.
In Iran now, more than 40 years after the revolution, the population is ageing, many who could leave have left, and many who remain are dissatisfied with the results. The economic situation seems hopeless, the drug addiction rate is one of the highest in the world, and many people are disillusioned with their Muslim leaders.
But at the same time, Christian media and supernatural revelations are leading many Iranians to follow Jesus. Tomorrow’s article will focus on the growth of secret house churches in Iran.
The Islamic Revolution had an impact on the whole Middle East region and the world—but so did the message of the gospel when it arrived. It will do so again.
IDEAS FOR PRAYER
1. PRAY THAT the leaders and people of Iran will pursue a new revolution for peace, stability and freedom.
2. PRAY FOR the Iranian people, suffering under difficult economic and social conditions. Be inspired by Psalm 63.
3. PRAY FOR the new movement happening in Iran—the movement towards becoming disciples of Jesus, that it would also grow and spread to other nations.
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