By LaShawn Barber
I’m praying for Pastor Saeed Abedini. You’ve probably read that the married father and former Muslim left the United States to travel back to his native Iran to build an orphanage and see his parents. Abedini was arrested last year and charged with undermining Iran’s national security and trying to convert young Muslims to Christianity. He was sentenced to serve eight years in prison.
The American Center for Law and Justice reported that Abedini was moved to what’s called the “deadliest” prison in Iran. As his wife Naghmeh is set to testify about her husband at a congressional hearing tomorrow (Dec. 12), I asked God to give the pastor strength to endure his confinement and persecution. I added my voice to many Christians praying for his release. I hope God gives Abedini the peace of knowing that all things work together for good to those who love God. Those of us God predestined, His elect, are called according to His purpose. Even as we suffer the consequences of sin, we’re justified by faith through grace, and also glorified. It sounds strange to us at times, but God is being glorified in Abedini’s plight.