PRAYER ALERT: On Oct. 1 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned world leaders at the UN that Iran’s new president Hasan Rouhani was “a wolf in sheep’s clothing.” This was four days after the first conversation between the presidents of the US and Iran since Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution. The recent Rouhani charm offensive is getting results. In a 15-minute phone call with Rouhani, US President Obama agreed to promote international talks about sanctions that the West has imposed on Iran’s nuclear program.
The Rouhani charm offensive is designed to persuade the West to lift those crippling sanctions. Rouhani insisted on NBC News that Iran has “never pursued or sought a nuclear bomb.” But Netanyahu points out that there was another Rouhani charm offensive when he was Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator in 2003-2005. This was the same time that Iran was building a facility for processing plutonium. How do we know he is not practicing the same double-talk now? Rouhani claims to “not seek war with any country.” But Netanyahu says Rouhani is a close confidant of Ayatollah Khamanei, whom Israel believes to be the real power behind the nuclear program. Last year on Quds Day, August 17, Khamenei said that the “Zionist regime will disappear from the landscape of geography.”
Iranian leaders have regularly denied the Holocaust. Will they also keep denying that they are developing nuclear weapons until they create a greater holocaust? Netanyahu says he won’t wait to find out. He says he will go it alone and attack Iran’s nuclear facilities before those weapons are produced. And Iran warns that it will strike back.
PRAY WITH US: Father God, all authority belongs to You. You have established the authorities in Israel and Iran. You are able to steer the hearts of kings like watercourses. We ask that You will steer them toward Your purposes of salvation and redemption and not death and destruction. You have seriously disrupted Iran’s nuclear facilities before. Do it again, Lord. You have extended Israel’s stated deadline for a preemptive strike before. Do it again, Lord.
You have initiated a great revival in Iran. It may be the greatest in the world, with millions being saved in the last few years. Protect that great work, Lord. Keep multiplying its impact. Let that revival grow to overwhelm Islam in Iran. Let the prayers of Iranian believers be heard to undo the Islamic regime. Expose any deception in the Rouhani charm offensive. Establish a government that guarantees religious freedom. And keep magnifying Your work among messianic believers in Israel, which is multiplying more than ever. Instead of the increase of war, let there be an increase of Your peace and Your government throughout the Mideast. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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