20th March 2017

40 Days Of Prayer To Answer The Cry

 

DAY 17

 

QUESTION: Did you make any New Year resolutions or does the 1st January feel like a long time ago? Tomorrow, Iran celebrates the Persian New Year. Norouz a compound word that means "new day" begins on 21 March and marks the dawn of spring. Perhaps you could use it as a second opportunity to think about your hopes and dreams for the rest of the year?

 

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

 

Each year, SAT-7 marks the 13-day Persian New Year festival Norouz with special programmes that celebrate the new life that is available in Christ.

 

The Church in Iran has much to celebrate despite ongoing restrictions and persecution. According to Operation World, Iran has the fastest-growing evangelical population in the world! Every day, two or three people from Iran tell SAT-7 that they have given their heart to Christ after watching a programme on our Farsi channel.

 

Norouz is a time when families come together to celebrate new beginnings and hopes for the future. They traditionally decorate a table or carpet with seven dishes ("haft sin") each beginning with the Persian letter S, symbolising rebirth, health, happiness, prosperity, joy, patience, and beauty.

 

PRAY: for SAT-7’s special Norouz programmes, that as viewers celebrate the fresh start of a new year, they will also consider the new life offered by Christ. Praise God for the growth of the Church in Iran and pray that He will give believers there the strength to endure the pressure and persecution they face.

 

Find out more about Iran this Friday as it will be our country focus for this week's reflections.

 

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