Area: 2,240,000 sq km
The main portion of the Arabian Peninsula; almost entirely desert, but contains 25% of the world’s known oil reserves.
Population: 26,245,969 Annual Growth: 2.14%
Official language: Arabic Languages: 20 All languages
Largest Religion: Muslim
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Saudi Arabia is the birthplace and stronghold of Islam. From Mecca, Islam holds sway over billions and permeates many cultures. Pray that the Lord would shake this centre of spiritual influence and make His Lordship known. If a spiritual breakthrough glorifying Jesus Christ would happen here, it would transform Islam and those subject to it.
Witnessing by other means:
a) Saudis abroad. Students, businessmen and tourists visit the West and other more open Arab states, where they can be reached. Most prefer to travel during the hot season and the month of fasting!
b) Christian radio. HCJB, IBRA and others broadcast in Arabic and in several languages of expat communities. Many listen secretly, yielding isolated converts in some regions.
c) Christian literature and video materials are banned, including the Bible and are therefore in great demand. Scriptures in different formats and films such as the JESUS film and The Passion of the Christ do a brisk business on the black market.
d) Satellite television. About 90% of homes have satellite television, an indication of thehunger for what the outside world offers. In this environment, Christian television such as SAT-7, The Bible Channel, al-Hayat, the Miracle Channel and numerous other Christian Arabic- and English-language channels can be used tremendously to bring Saudis to Jesus.
e) The Internet is accessible to the majority of the population, but the government blocks and monitors traffic. Pray that those in the country would be able to access the many evangelistic, discipling and discussion sites on the web.
For an additional 7 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.
The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Saudi Arabia.