Today is Pastor Saeed Abedini’s 35th birthday and the National Day of Prayer, a coincidence Pastor Saeed appreciates in his latest letter from an Iranian prison.

Pastor Saeed Abedini is an American pastor from Idaho who was arrested in 2012 while visiting family in Tehran, Iran. Since then, Pastor Saeed has endured harsh conditions, brutal interrogations, and several injuries for which he has been denied proper medical attention.

Today, his 35th birthday and the National Day of Prayer, Pastor Saeed implores Americans and Christians to pray not only for him, but for the revival of America.

“I would like to ask you to join me in repenting and praying for revival. Me from inside of these prison walls and you on the outside.”

Pastor Saeed asks us to remember not just America in prayer on this National Day of Prayer, but for other persecuted Christians around the world imprisoned and martyred for their faith in Jesus. Pastor Saeed reminds us to not take freedom for granted, but to use it to pray.

“Remember my chains in your freedom and chain together in unity for our beloved America. Know that I am chained with you in prayer on that day in seeking God for America.”

In a Christmas letter he wrote in December, Pastor Saeed described the loneliness that made the Christmas season “very cold, hard, and shattering.” But despite the conditions, Pastor Saeed signed the letter with “Soaking in the lava love of Christ.”

Pastor Saeed has been imprisoned for over two and a half years. A typical day for Pastor Saeed in the Rajaei Shahr Prison includes loneliness, uncertainty, and sleeplessness.

A petition for Pastor Saeed Abedini’s release in government negotiation has over 215,000 signatures. Take action and join the effort at

As you pray today, the National Day of Prayer, remember Pastor Saeed Abedini and persecuted Christians around the world. And, as Pastor Saeed pleads—pray for America.