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When I took my Christian Persian friend to an Afghani restaurant, my friend seemed abnormally quiet and distant as I chatted cheerfully with our Afghani host. It seems everyone has that “other” people group that they look down upon, and make jokes about. I tried to envision what heaven would be like for people from every nation and tribe to be worshipping in unity before the Lamb of God (Rev 7:9). There would no longer be any prejudices dividing us, only the blood of the Lamb uniting us. And then I tried to imagine “heaven on earth” with a church of Persians, Afghanis, Turks, and Kurds all worshipping together in one spirit. By the time we left the restaurant, my Christian Persian friend seemed more relaxed and became more friendly towards our host. My friend later declared to me that he loved all the foods of the world, he loved all the languages of the world, and he loved all the different people of the world.

Let us pray that Iranians would love the world as God loves the world (John 3:16).

Let us pray that our heavenly Father’s “will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt 6:10) knowing his will is for His people from every nation and tribe to be one voice in worship (Rev 7:9).