Its easy for Americans to forget that there are places in the world where the Body of Christ still bleeds for the sake of the Name. Such a place is the Islamic Republic of Iran, where tonight a Christian pastor, Youcef Nadarkhani, is facing imminent execution for refusing to renounce Jesus Christ. Nadarkhani has been convicted of apostasy from Islam, a crime punishable by death. Nadarkhani claims he was never Muslim (as if that should matter) and therefore couldn’t apostasize. But Iran’s Supreme Court has rejected that argument, noting that Nadarkhani indisputably comes from a Muslim family. His final appeal having been denied, Nadarkhani could be hanged as early as tomorrow.
Lord, come to the aid of your servant, our brother Youcef. Soften the hearts of his accusers. Enlighten the minds of those who sit in judgment of him. Stay the hands of his executioners. Give him the courage and peace he needs to face the ordeal; and should it come, welcome our brother into the company of saints and martyrs in your eternal kingdom. Amen.