Pray for Iranian Presidential Elections Tomorrow!
On Friday June 14, more than 50 million Iranians are able to vote for a new president of their country. They can choose between one of six candidates. The conservative ‘Guardian council’ selects of all of the candidates and they prevent the candidacy of any real reformists. According to an Open Doors spokesman, Christians feel that there is not much in these elections for them, as no major changes are to be expected from any of the candidates. In Iran, the ‘Supreme leader’ Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is considered the most powerful man. The current President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is finishing his second term and according to the Iranian constitution cannot run for presidency again. The new president has to get more than 50% of the votes on the first day of the elections. If no candidate gets the absolute majority on Friday, there will be a second day of voting on June 21. The new president will be inaugurated on August 3.
- Pray that the best candidate will win the elections and that there will be an improvement in the situation for Christians in Iran.
- On Saturday, the results of the election will be announced. Pray that the people will remain calm. Four years ago, violent protests erupted after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was reelected.
- Pray for the Christians in Iran, many of them only can worship together in house churches.
- Pray for the imprisoned Christians.
Iran is ranked as the 8th most difficult place to be a Christian on the Open Doors World Watch List. Evangelism, Bible training and publishing Scriptures in Farsi are illegal. Several persecuted Christians have been forced to leave their homes or flee the country. Muslim-background believers face most pressure any Muslim who leaves Islam faces the death penalty. Learn More & Pray For Iran