Praying for the nations: Iran and the Arab world

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We continue our series on praying for the nations. Rick Ridings of Succat Hallel gave a prayer direction update Monday night that concerned the United Nations, Iran and the nations of the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. This is the second of three posts and will cover Iran and the Arab nations. (Read part 1 on the United Nations.)

In John 3:16-17 we see that God loves the world. A teacher pointed out to me that the word ‘world’ in these verses is the Greek word ‘kosmos’. This word encompasses not only individuals but people groups, nations, the planet, the solar system, the galaxy, the universe and all the structures and systems that make the universe go round. Yeshua came to redeem the whole of Creation, down to the behavior of a proton.

So, we pray for the nations because God loves them all and wants to see them redeemed unto Himself.

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Ridings shared a vision with the intercessors at Succat Hallel and asked that we discern and judge.

Ridings saw two big cobras, one rising over Egypt and another over Turkey. They were rearing up and flaring their hoods to intimidate. As they weaved and hissed threateningly, they cast shadows over the nations bordering the eastern Mediterranean Sea. The cobra in Turkey tried to swallow Cyprus.

Then scorpions rose in Saudi Arabia, south Lebanon, Gaza and the West Bank. These scorpions could shoot projectiles from their tails. The scorpion in Saudi Arabia shot at New York City. Then the scorpions around Israel began shoot at Israel.

Ridings then saw a big scorpion over Iran, puffed up and threatening to fire on Israel. Then big angels stood at the borders of Israel with shields, moving along the borders, deflecting fire coming from scorpions.

Then two missiles, that Ridings sensed were spiritual missiles of prayer, came out of South Korea and China to defend Israel. This air cover from Asia encouraged the small houses of prayer in the Middle East. These worshipers and intercessors took their spears and began throwing them at the underbelly of the cobras, distracting them. The cobra in Turkey pulls back from swallowing Cyprus.

Worship from the houses of prayer then caused it to rain oil over the Mediterranean Sea, which calmed the waves.

In Iran, where the big scorpion was still menacing Israel, the heavens rent like a cloth and a big boot came out of heaven and stomped on the scorpion before it could fire its full load.

Then Ridings saw wells of water spring up over all the Middle East, artesian wells of life giving water, an outpouring of God’s life.

Ridings mentioned that scorpion stings are not often fatal and they are animals who intimidate us by their looks.

A day or two after this vision was shared, Syria President Bashar Assad threatened to to set the Middle East on fire and that he could have hundreds of rockets aimed at Tel Aviv if NATO intervenes in his country’s unrest. Iran has been menacing Israel for years, with President Mahmoud Ahmedinjad not afraid to reiterate his desire to wipe Israel from the map. Turkey Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been trying to pick a fight with Israel, and even some in Europe are taking notice of his menacing. (See also Cyprus-Turkey gas spat may be harbinger of future disputes from Lebanon Daily Star.)

How to pray

While some in the West are still guessing on whether North Korea is aiding Iran with nuclear weapons, others report that it is indeed happening. Unofficial reports say that Iran in fact has two nuclear war heads, but they and the North Koreans have not been able to successfully connect it to Iran’s missiles and that the delay is becoming a source of diplomatic tension for the two nations. (Analysis: How close is Iran to the bomb?)

Prayer — Genesis 11:5-7

But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. The LORD said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”

Pray that the Iranians and the North Koreans would continue to have communication problems as they try to work together.

Prayer — Isaiah 37:31-35

Once more a remnant of the kingdom of Judah

will take root below and bear fruit above.

For out of Jerusalem will come a remnant,

and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors.

The zeal of the LORD Almighty

will accomplish this.



“Therefore this is what the LORD says concerning the king of Assyria:


“He will not enter this city

or shoot an arrow here.

He will not come before it with shield

or build a siege ramp against it.

By the way that he came he will return;

he will not enter this city,”

declares the LORD.

“I will defend this city and save it,

for my sake and for the sake of David my servant!”

Prayer — Jeremiah 49:34-39

This is the word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning Elam, early in the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah:


This is what the LORD Almighty says:


“See, I will break the bow of Elam,

the mainstay of their might.

I will bring against Elam the four winds

from the four quarters of heaven;

I will scatter them to the four winds,

and there will not be a nation

where Elam’s exiles do not go.

I will shatter Elam before their foes,

before those who want to kill them;

I will bring disaster on them,

even my fierce anger,”

declares the LORD.

“I will pursue them with the sword

until I have made an end of them.

I will set my throne in Elam

and destroy her king and officials,”

declares the LORD.



“Yet I will restore the fortunes of Elam

in days to come,”
declares the LORD.

Notice that at the end, God promises to restore Elam. It is a message of hope for those who repent. See also the hopeful ending of Isaiah 19, a word against Egypt that ends with Assyria and Egypt as partners with Israel in worship of the one true God.

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