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Release International Prayer Shields, Nigeria and Iran

Prayers For Our Persecuted Family.

Sometimes it can be difficult to know what to pray for our persecuted family so we produce a daily prayer shield which gives a specific need that you can pray for each day. You can see today’s prayer, plus those for the last 6 days, below. You can also sign up using the form above to receive our Email Prayer Alert which we send out whenever we become aware of a specific and immediate situation which requires urgent prayer.

Children’s Prayer Sheet

It’s not only adults who can pray for our persecuted family. Every month we produce a prayer sheet aimed specifically for children. Each sheet has specific activities and prayers which will help children learn more about how persecution affects children in other countries. You can visit our Children’s Prayer Sheet page here.


Pray for Pastor ‘Monday’ whose church in Nigeria was devastated by Fulani attacks and who was kidnapped and held for ransom. Release International partners are supporting him as he recovers from this trauma.


Ask the Lord to comfort former prisoner of faith Nasser Navard Goltapeh whose mother Sahab died recently. Thank God that Nasser had been pardoned and released a few weeks earlier, halfway through his ten-year sentence in Iran.


Pray for Anahita (Anna) Khademi, wife of Pastor Abdolreza (see 19 April prayer): she faces charges including ‘propaganda against the system’. She was arrested in Iran in January and released on bail.


Pray for Pastor Abdolreza (Matthias) Haghnejad in Iran, who was recently arrested with two other Christian converts in Bandar Anzali and who is detained in Rasht. His successful appeal against a six-year sentence was overruled last year, leading to his re-arrest.


Pray that the authorities in Iran will respond positively to calls for greater freedom and stop criminalising the peaceful activities of the church.


Ask God to sustain believers in Iran amid the current wave of persecution targeting those who have converted to Christianity.


O Lord our Comforter, we pray for the families of Christian martyrs in Nigeria. For the wives and husbands, children and parents, sisters and brothers who have been deprived of those closest to them. Bring them comfort in their grief and hope for the future.

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