Day 8

AUGUST | 2021

Iran

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Record low voter turn-out for the recent presidential elections may indicate the lack of confidence the public felt that their vote would make any difference in the outcome. 3.5 million people also cast blank ballot sheets, part of a public boycott. Despite this, as expected, hardliner Ebrahim Raisi won the election and will take up office this month. We pray for this nation and its people and declare with holy faith that Jesus Christ is ruler over all. We pray especially for Christians in Iran today, that they may be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith (The Bible, 1 Peter 5:8-9).

Source: Iran’s Raisi Was Selected, Not Elected (Iran International)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Formerly known as Persia, Iran retains its identity as one of the greatest empires of the ancient world.  Internationally backed US sanctions have taken a huge toll on the economy resulting in protests on the street and greater dissatisfaction with the Islamic clerics. Protests were brutally squashed, only fueling the tensions. The COVID-19 virus has ravaged the nation, further exposing the government to criticism. The evangelical church has continued to see incredible growth. House churches carry great influence and their growth has resulted in ongoing arrests and restrictions on Christians.

CHIEF OF STATE
Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei
HEAD OF GOV.
President Hassan Rouhani
POPULATION
81,824,000
CHRISTIANS
0.8%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.4%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Shia Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
9
REFUGEES
982,085
LIFE EXPECTANCY
71.15 yrs
LITERACY RATE
86.8%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
18.7%