Who is Saeed Abedini? And why should we be concerned for him and his family?
The answer is found in what is going on in our world right now. With the exception of the 3rd century (A.D.) there has never been such a brutal time for Christians. Christian persecution is on the rise and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down. Christians are not safe in many parts of the world. Perhaps many people think these things aren’t really happening because the media can’t always be trusted. However, this is our reality right now as we sit with our starbucks coffee reading for our own happiness and thinking about our comfortable lives.
“Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.” (1 Peter 4:16)
For truly, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and you know.
Who is Pastor Saeed:
Pastor Saeed Abedini is a Pastor from Idaho that decided to go visit Iran to start the planning process to build an orphanage in his hometown. The planning stages were about complete. In two days he was due to fly back home to Idaho to see his wife Naghmeh and children, Jacob and Rebecca. But on this last day of planning Saeed was arrested and thrown into jail for being a Christian. He was told he would be let go if he would recant his Christian faith and return to his muslim roots. Saeed refused and has been in jail ever since as he is serving out an 8 year prison sentence.
September 26, 2014 will mark 2 years (727 days) since he has been in prison in Iran.
Throughout his time in prison he has endured multiple torture sessions which has left him in unbearable pain and with many internal injuries which are not taken care of in a timely manner. Saeed sits in his cell every day and prays even though he has no Bible. He prays anyway! He prays for his captors and the other inmates. Saeed continues to pray because he knows that God hears his words even if he can only muster a muttering word, the Lord still hears him. Saeed has the gift of faith and knows that God will see him through. Saeed loves our Heavenly Father and will do anything for the Lord. Saeed’s priority is the Kindgom of Heaven! That is our brother over there in prison, getting tortured, yet showing love because that is who God created him to be. That is our brother Saeed Abedini!
Why are we praying?
We are praying for Pastor Saeed as well as for his captors. We also pray for all persecuted Christians around the world. We are praying because we also know that God hears us. We are one as the body of Christ and when one part needs help the others fill in. We will never let another part of our body just go their separate way. We are all brothers and sisters. We are all apart of the same family, God’s family. Since we are a family we will stand together in prayer as if our own brother is missing and we are pleading with God to bring him home. If God’s will isn’t to bring him home yet then we will ask the Lord to strengthen us in order to know how to help Saeed and any other persecuted Christian in this situation. We pray for intervention knowing and expecting the Lord to show up knowing that our Brother will always be taken care of.
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” -Romans 8:35
While this information may seem daunting we have HOPE! So…what can you do? You can start a prayer vigil for Pastor Saeed if there isn’t one already in your area. Together as a family we must stick together as the brothers and sisters in Christ that we are. The solution is staking a stand for our brother in chains! Here is a link to connect with one in your area: http://beheardproject.com/prayer-vigil/saeed
Here is a letter Pastor Saeed wrote on Easter to his brothers and sisters in Christ!
Crucifying the resurrected “self” with Christ and resurrecting our dead faith with Christ
Happy Resurrection Day.
On the Eve of Good Friday and Easter I was praying from my hospital room for my fellow Christians in the world. What the Holy Spirit revealed to me in prayer was that there are many dead faiths in the midst of Christians today. That Christians all over the world are not able to fully reach their spiritual potential that has been given to them as a gift by God so that in reaching that potential, the curtain can be removed and the Glory of God would be revealed.
Some times we want to experience the Glory and resurrection with Jesus without experiencing death with Him. We do not realize that unless we pass through the path of death with Christ, we are not able to experience resurrection with Christ.
We want to have a good and successful marriage, career, education and family life (which is also God’s desire and plan for our life). But we forget that in order to experience the Resurrection and Glory of Christ we first have to experience death with Christ and to die to ourselves and selfish desires.
Jesus said to His Disciples: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. (Matthew 16:24)
This means that we should not do things that we like to do (that God does not want us to do) and to do things that we do not like to do (but God wants us to do) so that He may be glorified.
So in addition to spending our days and night in doing the works of faith as described above, we should also transform our dead faiths into living and active faiths through the resurrection of Christ which is an active and constructive love that is effective.
In conclusion, let us resurrect our Dead faiths to living faiths by first dying to our selfish “resurrected” self and experiencing the cross of Jesus. Then we are able to experience the Glorious resurrection with Christ.
A Glorious life with Christ starts only after a painful death (to self) with Christ.
We will start with Christ.
Pastor Saeed Abedini
Prisoner in the Darkness in Iran, but free for the Kingdom and Light