Dr. Mehrdad is a Christian leader from Iran, where most of the people are Muslims. He recently talked with VOM Radio about how fast the church in Iran is growing. With the growth of the church comes persecution. But God is faithful to encourage His people who suffer.
Dr. Mehrdad told the following story about an Iranian Christian who was taken to the police station several times and interrogated harshly. (To interrogate is ask someone many questions, sometimes using threats or violence.)
One night, the Christian started praying for his interrogator. Then God showed him in a dream an elderly lady who was very sick. In the dream, God asked the Christian to pray for this sick, elderly lady and said, “This is the mother of your interrogator, so pray for her.”
The Christian started praying for the woman every day. The next time he was taken for questioning, his interrogator was treating him very badly. The Christian felt something inside him saying, “Tell him, tell him.” If he was wrong and the interrogator didn’t have a sick mother, it would be very embarrassing. So he had to trust the voice inside him.
The Christian asked the interrogator, “How is your mom? How is your mother doing?”
The man said, “What business do you have with my mom? Why are you asking about my mother?”
The Christian answered, “God has shown your mother to me a few nights ago. She is very sick, and He asked me to pray for her. I have been praying for her.”
The interrogator was shocked and said, “Yes, my mom is really very sick. Please continue to pray for her.” As a result, the interrogator began to like the Christian, left him alone, and didn’t bother him anymore.
(Source: vomradio.net. Edited for length, clarity, and age-appropriateness.)
To Talk About
Why do you think the Christian began praying for the interrogator? (Read Matthew 5:43-48.) Have you ever prayed for someone who treated you badly?