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Nasser* leans back in his chair as his eyes twinkle with excitement. He is talking about his favorite subject: Persian History. He calls his country Persia, not Iran. Persia, Nasser explains, has a 6000-year history. He discusses the kings of old: Cyrus the Great, Darius, and Xerxes. Nasser and many other Iranians do not know that these great Persian kings are written about in the Bible. Cyrus conquered Babylon, and as the prophet Ezra explains, allowed the exiles to return and rebuild Jerusalem.

King Artaxerxes gave Nehemiah permission to return and rebuild the wall. Darius stayed up all night fasting for Daniel while he was in the lions' den. And Darius' son, Xerxes, made Esther queen and helped protect God's people from Haman, the wicked official. A synagogue in Hamadan claims to house the remains of Esther and Mordecai. Persian history in the Bible can be a bridge to sharing the gospel.

Pray
Ask the Ancient of Days to reveal Himself to the people of Iran that they may recognize His dominion and come to faith in Christ.

Pray that the current leaders of Iran would be moved by God's Spirit to do His will as King Darius did, who once proclaimed, "I issue a decree that in all my royal dominion, people must tremble in fear before the God of Daniel: For He is the living God, and He endures forever; His kingdom will never be destroyed, and His dominion has no end." –Daniel 6:26, (HCSB)