Saeed, a U.S. citizen and Iranian-born Muslim-background believer, had been imprisoned in Iran since September 2012. He was serving an eight-year prison sentence on charges of undermining national security, due to his involvement with house fellowships. During his time in prison, he suffered serious health issues, endured physical and verbal abuse, and received death threats on account of his faith in Christ.
Saeed was released on January 16th as part of a prisoner exchange between the U.S. and Iran that also included three other Iranian-Americans: Jason Rezaian, Amir Hekmati and Nosratollah Khosravi.
Saeed’s wife, Naghmeh, expressed her joy and surprise at the news of his release, and thanked the many people around the world who had been interceding for Saeed and his family.
Iranian Christians request our continuing prayer as they face ongoing pressure because of their faith.
Father, how thankful we are for the release of Saeed Abedini! As he reunites with his wife and children, we pray for the many adjustments that will be needed. Even in this welcome reuniting, surely his family relationships will be difficult in many ways. Give them all patience and understanding. What Satan would use to tear down, we pray You will use to build and make strong. Heal him, body and soul, from the terrible ordeal he has suffered. And we consider the many other Christians who remain in Iranian prisons, praying for their release soon and for their protection and encouragement even now. We pray for love, mercy and justice to prevail in that nation and we pray for those in authority, those in deep spiritual bondage, to encounter Christ and turn to You in spiritual freedom and faith. In the name of Jesus who sets the prisoners free, Amen.