Tuesday (July 23) marked the 300th day of American pastor Saeed Abedini’s illegal imprisonment in Iran—300 days away from his wife and kids, 300 days of torment for his Christian faith, 300 days and counting.
Nearly a year ago, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard raided the home of Pastor Abedini’s parents in Tehran and imprisoned him solely on the basis of his faith. On account of that same faith, he faced a bogus trial and was convicted and sentenced to a lengthy prison term in Iran’s brutal Evin Prison. He has been subjected to beatings and harassment, which have caused internal injuries necessitating medical treatment.
Suffering from an internal injury in his stomach, Abedini has been in need of medical attention for quite some time. On July 20, 2013, he was taken to a private hospital in Tehran for treatment and, for the first time, was examined by a physician and prescribed medication for injuries he sustained from the beatings he endured by prison guards.
On two past occasions, the 33-year-old pastor has been taken to the local hospital only to be sent home without examination or treatment for his injuries. This time, authorities proved they have heard the international outcry for medical attention.
Read more at http://www.charismanews.com/world/40364-persecuted-pastor-spends-300th-day-in-iranian-prison
This article should weigh heavily on each believer’s conscience to continually remember our American Pastor Saeed Abedini and his family in our prayers. How many of us should be thinking and saying “what if this was me”? How could I cope? Would we learn to cope using prayer? Would we ask others to pray for us?
Reading this, are we not reminded of Paul and other Saints of the New Testament? Were they not also unfairly tried and judged, then imprisoned, beaten and made the object of hate because of their love of GOD through Jesus Christ? Did not the many believers of our young church back then pray without ceasing for those imprisoned? Did they not pray for the prisoner’s safety, strength, courage, and especially for our GOD – Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit – to intercede by touching the conscience of their captors? Perhaps they prayed for delivery from their prison. Perhaps they even prayed for their captors’ conversion; a conversion where they would place Christ at the center of their lives as each believer is instructed to do. [Ephesians 4: 1-6]
This faithful pastor is praying continuously. Can we not include him in our prayers, too? I have just begun to do so. Will you not join me and add him to your prayer list today and include him every day, and his family, too until he is released?
Pastor Saeed Abedini is praying continuously. Can we not include him in our prayers, too? I have just begun to do so. Will you not join me and add him to your prayer list today? Please include him every day, and his family, too? Please start now.
What joy for Pastor Saeed Abedini and his parents to know that hundreds now, and soon thousands, will be praying for him!