A Christian and his wife were leaders of a house church in Iran. The man was arrested for his Christian activities and put in prison for two months.
While he was in prison, his wife feared that she, too, would be arrested. So the woman prayed, “Dear Lord, I am not ready to go to prison. It is such a crowded and dirty place. As you know, I grew up in a wealthy family and had a comfortable life. I am afraid if I go to jail, I will not be able to stand it because I am a coward. And out of fear, I might give the names of other believers, and they might get arrested, too. And if they hurt me, I’m afraid I might even end up denying you against my will.”
Three days after she prayed, the police knocked at her door. Again she prayed, “God, I have already asked you not to put me in this situation. So whatever happens, it’s not my fault. I am not a strong person and I can’t tolerate persecution.”
The police took the woman and put her in prison. She was scared, and she was sick because the cell smelled very badly. Later the police came and took her to a room for questioning.
During the questioning, the woman felt God’s peace strongly, and she was no longer scared. The official asked her, “Why have you become a Christian?”
The woman answered, “I will be very happy to talk to you about Jesus. You also need Jesus in your life. Without Jesus, a person does not have peace, and life is hopeless. One day you have to stand in front of the throne of God and be accountable to him for your life. Jesus laid down his life so you can have salvation and not perish. I want you to know the joy and blessings of salvation.”
The official was angry. “Do you know what this means?” he asked. “You can’t preach to me. This will cost you a lot.”
The woman answered, “If I don’t share the truth with you, I will be accountable to God for it. Therefore, I can’t keep silent.”
After the guards sent the woman back to her cell, she felt scared again. She decided she would keep quiet the next time she was questioned. But the next day, the same thing happened. She felt God’s peace, and she shared about Jesus boldly with the official.
In the middle of the night, the woman heard a knock on her cell door. It was the official who questioned her. The woman was scared, but the official said, “Don’t be afraid. I need your prayers, and I need Jesus in my life. I believe God sent you here to share the truth about salvation with me.”
The woman talked with the official for three hours, and he repented of his sins and trusted in Jesus as his Savior!
The woman and her husband are now both out of prison. The official and his wife secretly keep in touch with them to learn more about Jesus. The official said that even some Muslim leaders have doubts about their religion and have a desire to become Christians.
A Christian in Iran said, “We thank God that he is touching the hearts of Muslim leaders and officials.”
(Edited from the original source for clarity.)