In churches, Sunday school classes, and Bible studies all across America, Christians will often be challenged with the question “Would you be willing to die for the cause of Christ?” With passion and conviction many, if not the majority, raise their hand in the affirmative. However, are we really willing to stand up and even die for the cause of Christ? If we could change places with Pastor Saeed Abedini, who is being held at Evin Prison in Iran because of his Christian faith for one day, I suspect most of us would be humbled with our lack of true zeal. However, with his latest letter from prison, Pastor Saeed shares the conviction of his chains.
The ACLJ website shares Pastor Saeed was able to get a new letter out this week to his wife Naghmeh. He sent her this letter to be shared with supporters who gathered recently, on the Christian day of Pentecost, to pray for him.
He shared that despite what he has to endure on a daily basis, the beatings and internal bleeding, he has hope. The 33-year-old U.S. citizen wrote, “I will also be freed from my chains through prayer and strength of the Grace of God.”
He has asked his family to share his letter to them to his supporters. As of the writing of this article Pastor Saeed is still in prison and remains in chains. On this Memorial Day we remember the fallen heroes of our country, please let us remember the men and women who will not back down from their faith and will be tortured and killed and are the modern heroes of the faith in likes of the footsteps of the Apostle Paul.
Here is Pastor Saeed’s letter:
Spending Pentecost in Prison and in Chains
“When the Day of the Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. (Acts 2:1-2)
One special day, one heart, one place — All of these come together, to emphasize one thing, the importance of unity.
I heard that the persecution, my arrest and imprisonment has united churches from different denominations, from different cities and countries, that would never come together because of their differences. That the churches have united together in prayer to put one request (my freedom) on one day (Pentecost) before God.
You don’t know how happy I was in the Lord and rejoiced knowing that in my chains the body of Christ has chained together and is brought to action and prayer.
When someone’s life like mine is in danger, we realize how different we are in our opinions (although some of those differences might be correct), but that we are still united in one goal of praying for my freedom.
I am thankful for that. It is though your prayers and the Grace of God that the Lord is using me here in my chains. Many have been freed from the chains of Satan here and have been saved and added to the Church.
Now, how beautiful it will be if the Church would be united and fight for the salvation of the world whose life is in danger and who are bound in chains of Satan and to fight for the salvation of the world, a world that is heading to the way of destruction. With the same passion and the same way that you are praying and fighting for my freedom, we need to be praying and fighting for the salvation of the world.
When the Church is united (with one heart, in one place, on one day) that is when the joy and strength of God (Holy Spirit) wants to come in that unity and pour out and the Lord be exalted. Although this unity is the result of direct involvement of the Holy Spirit that is able to bring many different characteristics to make one.
But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me (Acts 1:8).
And only when the Holy Spirit comes can you get strength. Without the strength of God it is impossible to do the will of God. And when we receive strength, then we can be transformed. And when we are transformed, that is when the Church is transformed as well. And when the Church is transformed, then the world will be freed from the chains of sin and will be saved and transformed. When we are all united and chained together, united in our hearts, in one place in one day, and we pray, then we will receive the power from on High and will receive strength and the world will be changed and will be freed from the chains of bondage and will be saved. The same way that I will also be freed from my chains though prayer and strength of the Grace of God.
So dear sisters and brothers let us be united in prayer for freedom and salvation of the world. Let us be united so that the Holy Spirit might fall on us and the Glory of God would be revealed through us and through the church.
Welcome to the chains that have bound me and have bound us together. Happy Pentecost.
God Said and it was.
Chains were broken.
Our sins were forgiven
I am free
You are free
We all have freedom
With many thanks for your continued and faithful prayers.
Servant of our Lord in chains for Jesus Christ,