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CLARITY – 6-17-19 Appealing to a Higher Authority


A Biblical Response to Current Events -6-17-19

Appealing to a Higher Authority

What’s Happening: “The husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a project manager with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, began a hunger strike Saturday in front of the Iranian Embassy in London, in solidarity for his wife’s unjust imprisonment since April, 2016, in Tehran. Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested after a family visit and at the airport, charged, convicted, and sentenced to five years for allegedly plotting to overthrow Iran’s clerical establishment ( She has begun her own hunger strike, her second one…the first was for ignored heath issues. ‘Today I received a phone call from Nazanin in prison. She had informed the judiciary that she has begun a new hunger strike – she will drink water – to protest at her continuing unfair imprisonment,’ the husband said.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What good will a hunger strike do?”

Biblical Response:  “Not much, especially if unaccompanied by prayer. Actually, I don’t know if the media is using the secular term ‘hunger strike’ to hide the real ‘fasting’ or not. If either of them is appealing to God for her release…and fasting, too – fasting proves fervency (James 5:16) – they may get what they’re praying for. The clerics of Iran can be overruled by God. When faced with obstacles to overcome, one should go to the One Who has the power to change things. Besides, haven’t we been told how to overcome (Rev. 12:11)?”

“Christians? The ayatollahs of Iran may not acknowledge it now, but there is a Higher Authority. He rules (and overrules) in the affairs of men (The Declaration of Independence – based on Jer. 32:17).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, may others add fervency to their prayers for Zaghari-Ratcliffe; after all, some things only come out by fasting and prayer (Matt. 17:20)…and may she be released soon; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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