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Praying for Iran

Updated on July 25, 2019
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Political Science, Philosophy, Business were majors and minors in undergrad. Post areas in Law, Security, Insurance and Theology.

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Not Meant to be Easy

So I get these gut check notices. Iran was on the list. I think I am supposed to hate Iran. I think Iran is “supposed” to be an evil arch enemy of ours and others. I hope I got what I supposed to be thinking right. Seems to me that they have whacko leaders but the people do not rise up to put them down. From memory, Iran is ready to explode. Not their bombs but their people will. To my mind the head dudes pay people to jump up and down in the street chanting “death to America”. They say the same about Israel I think. Something about being Satan I think.

Truth be told I do not follow the news much. I just get turned off by the oldest or newest pop culture star criticizing a US Supreme Court decision. It just does not make me want to read more. So I check headlines and move on to check my local weather. A hot one today. I will shade my Romaine lettuce and tomatoes. Funny but it is a good day to spread manure, maybe I should check more in on the news.

But that is not my story. I felt a deep need and desire to take some time off today to pray for Iran. These notions do not come with a handbook or an article or YouTube explaining why. They just come at me. Perhaps back in the ‘80’s I could still pray for God to smite someone. But I lost that somewhere in the ‘90’s when I took a look and realized that maybe I should be the one being smote. Whatever the case I gave up revenge praying a ways back. Like an addiction, at some point you hit your rock bottom and swear the stuff off.

If I spent the last forty years preaching and studying and praying on it I could not figure it out. Oops I guess I have spent the last forty years on just such a journey. And here is the answer, there ain’t one. Why the heck was I seeing public squares and Mosques filled with rage? What the heck did I do wrong recently? Well that last one I can answer.

I have been loving and praying for those I cherish and who love me back. How easy is that? I simply have not prayed for those who hold me in contempt and hate and revile me in quite some time. I fell into a love fest blender of feel good. Bad on me friends. Love is not really designed to work that way.

Pray for Peace to Each Home

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Peace Train in a Communist Country. Thanks for love.
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Who Do You Know

Impertinent bastard I am. Now let us not go all crazy ape excrement here. I only have so much time and effort and I spend the vast majority of it loving people. It is just how my life has developed after so many wrong turns. I had to do the whole 3 steps deal. Accept love, love yourself and then love others. Brutal for a sworn brute. Still brutal a couple of days a week. It is like I was raised to be angry. (which I was not)

The idea of a “smack down” is great. My 9 year old gives me one several times a week. I get all high and mighty and he sucker punches me pointing out my hypocrisy. The kid is way too smart in that area. Try telling him to “do as I say and not how I do” and the next soccer kick gives you a black eye, both literally and figuratively. I guess I taught him how to be a theological brute. My bad.

So there was this deal that said “pray for Iran”. I am not a weirdo in that sense. I would have no idea if that was God talking. To my understanding God would rather push me into peril in order to love than speak to me. I understand that there are fine folks God does talk to. Just not me. I also understand some not so fine folks think he does talk to them. Does that bring us back to Iran?

Alrighty now, from my reading from the Old Testament. God had people massacre other peoples. Do not look at me but from India to America to Russia people having been wiping out other people since they were hunting Wooley Mammoths. That is some crazy stuff. So why would I pray for Iran? I understand the leaders want to wipe out whole groups of other people. Now that is some more crazy stuff. Wouldn’t it be even more crazy if they did it in the name of a religion. Oops again, I think that is the deal there.

So I reckon I was bad for not praying for them. What was I not thinking? How can I possibly let a man be evil and not pray for him to be good? Even if I do not know exactly what either of those are. Sometimes I am just lazy in my love. Complacent? Does my son need my prayers more than an Ayatollah? Sometimes I get skewed.

At Least I Can Pray Clearly Now - For a Bit I Hope

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And so who does that sunset rise upon next?
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Who Do You Love?

There is this desire of mine to take the speck out of your eye before the plank out of mine. It is peaking at 100 degrees outside. I would say the bay and the library. I wonder if the rich people just stay inside with air conditioning. Never met one in the library or swimming in the bay. Can’t even recall seeing one praying. I am sure they do, I just don’t see them. I maybe need to get my eyes checked for money blindness.

I guess along those lines I do not see the suffering of folks in places like Iran. Shame on me. They are there and I know it. Perhaps I am teaching my son to do as I say and not as I do. It would appear it is time for my boy and I to talk about big and bad evil. This old guy does not want to do it. The hardest part is teaching about that strange and mysterious concept of being doing bad and “being” bad. Some few and very few folks are bad. Most of us just screw up and do bad things. Power over anything is intoxicating. Mix that in with an ego unchecked and you have some sick stuff. On the other hand put that in with complacency and apathy and everything goes to hell.

Seems likely that prayer of the good kind is the sending and receiving of love. Yes we must receive it in order to give it. Just like a bank account. Have you ever donated money to a charity knowing your check would bounce? “Please don’t send love and prayers if things are not well with your affairs.” I wrote that but I think it may just be wrong. Seems like having it altogether before praying for another person is an excuse somehow.

Some folks equate prayer for another as a strictly religious think. How wrong can they be? Pulling in the love resources of our existence and sending them to another is just common spiritual sense. Sending out a wave of love blessings could never be a religious act. But I accept religion can and should help us do that. My Lord that I pray to is Jesus Christ. I have studied that Dalai Lama, Buddha and Sitting Bull all said that was at least a good thing.

“We may not place a restriction as to where we send love, the only rule there which is sacrosanct is that we send it.” Here is my ending on this. I just prayed that people would pray for the people of Iran.

(Westerners translate our notion here so that it is the same in Islam as in Judaism)

Shalom

Let Our Prayers Let Us See The Light But Come Back Home

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      So cool Mona. Many folks do not get that I pray for terrorists. Who would need them more? I can rub my boy's head and we all can hug,, but who hugs them? "Thank you Lord, for changing hearts".

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      2 months ago from Philippines

      I think it's okay to pray for Iranians, that hopefully a bridge of peace is made for the whole world to cross and interact in love. The people are different from terrorists, and I would pray for the people. Even terrorists need prayers, that they will change their ways and see the light.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill that is great. In this as the chapter starts with the Beatitudes it really brings into focus our responsibility to pray for those in trouble.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mary that is so wonderful. Faces and the poetry. Thank you for your comment it adds so much.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Tiffany thank you for visiting and leaving a note. I will take the compliment of "interesting" any day.

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      William Kovacic 

      3 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      That's some powerful stuff, Eric. I thought Matthew 5:44 was appropriate here - "But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;"

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      Mary Norton 

      3 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Eric, I recently met an Iranian couple with whom I had a lovely conversation about their poets so when your article made me pray for Iran, I could see their faces.

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      Tiffany Payne 

      3 months ago from Dallas TX

      Very interesting article

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Flourish I really get where you are coming from. It just occurred to me thanks to you that I don't think of someone Iran praying for me/us. Now I know that is wrong but it just never crossed my mind. Why would people pray for people that have it so much better than them? I am 100% sure that they do. I guess I should go that way also.

      How about I start with the Gates and the Buffets and also just the rich in general.

      Thank you

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby wouldn't it be help if we were given a system to know what to pray for and when. I kind of think this is what happened to me here. Right now my mind races through to places throughout the world. I just do not know exactly how it works.

      I had to just now look it up where Paul tells the Thessalonians to pray unceasingly. ! Thes. 5 .

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 months ago from USA

      My next door neighbor of almost 20 years is from Iran and he is the nicest man you’d ever want to know. Occasionally he returns to his birth country (although he points out to us randomly he IS an American citizen) and we watch his property. He returns so he can visit his mother and other relatives. His daughter is brilliant and started working at the White House when Obama was President. I draw a distinction between Iranian leaders and the nation’s citizenry. I would hope people abroad draw a similar distinction between the American people and our highest leader. It sure doesn’t hurt anyone to pray, meditate, or just generally send good thoughts to one’s rivals or enemies.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Pamela, this is a true afternoon story. I needed a gallon of milk. I went to the local Bodega. I had to step over the legs of a nasty homeless begging. I asked the keeper, Sam, how he could serve "them". Of course it was a bit about economics but the reply was clear. "How can I not?" (Sam is first gen. Iraqi refugee) Some days the lines are more clear than others.

      He gave me my change in quarters and shrugged. I got his point. And I get the point that it is not so normal.

      Maybe the next message. Praying is awesome but act.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Sean you are so right. And I think you and I and others who care to hear also join us and the impact is synergism and multiplication beyond numbers who are in prayer.

      In our hood I brought my boy in. We heard gunshots and sirens. I pray also for those down in the ghetto.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ah first let me assure you Lori, the heat is an excuse for going to the bay which was wonderful. A hurry home though as a bee stung Gabriel's toe. We did not pray for that bee ;-)

      Your note of Hillary struck me about my fall from grace so many times. I know you meant it literally but still.

      I have had the distinct honor of working in hostile foreign lands. I am here and many of those I knew on both sides are not. Mainly just the passage of time and living conditions not suited for longevity, like Agent Orange residue or lack of VA care.

      My grandma in law told me to trudge and not to run. I believe 20 years later I am beginning to understand her understanding of Jesus.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 months ago from Southern Illinois

      This is another great reminder to pray for others. We all feel that Iran is an evil place that wants to rule the world, what's worse they feel their God approves. If we prayed for all the wrongs in the world, we would be on our knees endlessly. Like you say, " Love Is The Key " A sermon full of truth and wisdom. Peace..

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      3 months ago from Sunny Florida

      Eric, This is an inspiring article. We should pray for all people. The leaders of Iran are not good men, but I think when the people rebel in Iran they pay a bad price. They have to be hungry, have families, and some of the concerns that we have for our families. I admit I have not thought about specifically praying for them, but if we follow our guidance from the Bible we love and will pray for all.

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      3 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      I pray with you, my brother! I pray for all God's creatures, because Love is not interested in colours, ethnicity or religion.

      Any Soul deserves my prayer!

      Sean

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      Lori Colbo 

      3 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Thought-provoking and inspiring reflections. Jesus said the two greatest commands were “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Somewhere else he said pray for your enemies. I would imagine that also means people who are not your enemies but who annoy you or are doing wrong. You are praying for your enemy and how often we forget to do that. And yes, the Iranian citizens need our prayers also. I will admit I have never prayed for evil world leaders of the people under them who are suffering, with the exception of China. And I have prayed for persecuted around the world and that God would either strike ISIS or convert them. So I appreciate the reminder. I do pray for presidents and other political people, lawmakers and such. I never liked Obama or Hillary. I found it extremely difficult to pray for Obama. So finally I realized I should pray he would come to Christ and for God to give him wisdom. Hillary was even harder to pray for. Then I heard in the news she had fallen and was hurt pretty badly. My heart was concerned and disquieted that it happened. After that I was able to pray for her. I pray for Trump similarly. I voted for him but I don't like the way he communicates with people. A few weeks ago I was reading an article about the actions of a certain congress person and was feeling very annoyed, perhaps even hateful because of the things she was doing. I felt an impression that I should be praying for her, not disliking her. So I pray for her soul also and it all comes down to I need prayer also. The Bible calls us to pray for our leaders. If we remember to do it at all, like you said, we tend to pray something bad for the ones we don't like or agree with. And we pray for blessing upon the ones we do.

      My dad also used to say, tongue in cheek, "Do as I say, not as I do." As a young child, I didn't quite grasp the meaning but you brought back that memory.

      I'm glad I'm not down there experiencing 100 degree weather. Ugh.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda I was sitting, nay standing, and arguing with a judge in a capital murder case. It was 125 degrees outside and tensions were running high. Air con was minimal and they had those huge fans from the ceiling with twenty foot high ceilings. No ties or coats. A scene out of an old movie about a court trial in the deep south. The DA spoke loudly and proclaimed that I was not born in a different time or place but one strange space.

      Our accidents of birth are properly born and worn by us. If we are born of plenty we must return that gift to those who have little.

      We agreed, after family debate, to shift some of our donations here // http://www.iran-children-charity.org/ More research must be done before it passes full family committee.

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      Linda Lum 

      3 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, as I said to you yesterday, most of those poor people at simply just trying to live their lives like you and me. They hunger and thirst then eat and drink, the smile and weep, they have children and friends, the work and sleep. They breathe in and out. We were just born in a different place.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill sometimes I think love might come a little too easy to us who have needed it and got it. I have got to keep an eye out for those who need it from me.

      I am so glad you were and are loved so much.

      Eric

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Buddy, I wouldn't know an Iranian if I tripped over him, but I do recognized human beings. For me it's just that simple. I love human beings. I leave the labels to someone else to sort through.

      And with that I simply say I love you, my friend.

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