Sep 2, 2010

Praying for the Persecuted in Saudi Arabia

This week we are focusing our prayers for the persecuted on the nation of Saudi Arabia.  Ever since Islam gained control of the country some 1300 years ago, all other religions have been banned.  The nation considers itself the guardian of the Islamic holy sites, as Mecca is in Saudi Arabia.  Remember Islam dictates that every Muslim must make the trek to Mecca at least once in their lifetime.

Unfortunately Saudi Arabia has one of the worst human rights records in the entire world.  This does not bode well for Christians caught evangelizing or meeting in private.  Christians are expelled, arrested, or executed.  Many times drug charges are brought falsely against them so that they remain in jail.

Sadly honor killings are popular in this country as well.  This is when one of their family members converts to christianity, someone in the family takes it upon themselves to kill them because they have dishonored the family.  The murder seems less important than the stain of christianity in their family.

With a population of 2.2 million, only 2.2% profess to be Christian.

This week can you pray for Saudi Arabia:
  • That those who find Jesus through satellite TV programs and the internet will find fellowship and spiritual encouragement
  • That expatriate and Saudi church leaders will be kept safe and have courage and wisdom
  • For freedom from fear for congregations whose leaders are in prison or hiding.
  • Pray for Christians working secretly to share the message of Christ in Saudi Arabia.
  • Pray that nations of the world will pressure Saudi Arabia to act on their agreements and recognize the rights of their citizens.
  • Pray that Christians from Muslim backgrounds will find fellowship and continue to grow in their relationship with the Lord.
As always, you can find more information at Open Doors USA or The Voice of the Martyrs.


Michelle said...

Cheri this is awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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