Maryam was staring into the eyes of Christ in a portrait hanging on a church wall. She couldn’t take her eyes off His face, and her eyes began to fill with tears that spilled down her cheeks. “I want to feel better inside, more holy. What can make me better?” Maryam felt drawn to the painting because she has had vivid dreams of a similar man—one carrying Muslim prayer beads as he came to help her. The devil and his servants try to distract seekers with distorted versions of the Truth, like Jesus carrying Muslim prayer beads. But God is still using dreams to draw Muslims to Himself.
Even though Iran is 98% Muslim, there are ethnic-Christian groups, such as Armenians and Assyrians. Despite difficulties, a few church buildings do exist. The government prevents ethnic Christians from offering worship services in Farsi or reaching out to Muslims. But God can still use these groups to reach their Muslim neighbors.
Their church buildings attract those seekers who are not satisfied with Islam. Starved for the Truth, many seem drawn to the churches. It is very common to hear seekers tell of dreams in which they saw a Man in white and just knew it was Jesus. They come to the churches searching for this Man.
“Jesus told him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.’” –John 14:6, NLT
Ask Jesus to reveal Himself clearly to Maryam and those seeking Truth.
Pray for ethnic Christians and churches that have carried the Truth for many years, and who today face tremendous pressure from authorities. Ask God to strengthen them and bring revival.
Pray that the Church would find a way to be a safe haven for those seeking Christ. Ask God to keep Christians faithful in persecution.