Each Friday I am praying and fasting for the nations where Christians suffer the worst persecution around the world, as of 2014. This week I pray and fast for:
Saudi Arabia. 29.9 million people with 1.25 million Christians.
The open practice of any religion other than Islam is forbidden in Saudi Arabia, and conversion to another faith is punishable by death. Most Christians are ex-pats from Asia or Africa. During 2013, several Christian migrant fellowships were raided by police, and tens of worshippers detained and deported. Muslim- background believers run the risk of honor killing if their faith is discovered. Yet a small but growing number of Muslims are coming to Christ and sharing their faith on the internet and satellite TV. (Open Doors Watch List.)
Saudi Arabia is the birthplace and homeland for Islam. Most Saudis follow the strict form of Wahhabi Islam, which is known for its contempt of non-Muslims, but there is a very vocal Shiite minority. The country has one of the worst human rights records in the world. Anyone who performs mission work or converts a Muslim faces jail, expulsion, lashing, torture or execution. Non-Muslim worship, even private worship for foreign Christians, is prohibited, and Saudi religious police have been known to raid homes where expatriate workers were worshiping. (Voice of the Martyrs)
Today, I prayed:
Lord, I pray for men like Elijah to be raised up in Saudi Arabia to proclaim to leaders and to the people words such as, “As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, before whom I stand, there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word.” (Based on 1 Kings 17:1)