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7 Key Areas to Pray for in 2016

Christians in Oman are asking us to pray for:

  • Many Omanis are influenced by globilization. Pray that their experience outside of traditional Omani life will bring them to the Cross of Christ as they look for answers beyond the borders of their land. Social media is of great influence in Oman. Pray that this media will be a means for Omanis to be exposed to the Truth of Christ.
  • The fear of evil spirits is a reality to many Omanis. They often carry out practices to appease the spirits. Pray that God would release them from fear and reveal Himself to them in dreams or visions.
  • Hundreds of Omanis study abroad. Many also go outside the country for medical care. Pray that Christians in these countries will reach out to them with hospitality, care and love in Jesus’ Name.
  • Important decisions are made collectively as families, clans and tribes. Pray that whole families will believe the Gospel. Pray that His church will be firmly established in Oman and that nothing will prevail against it.
  • Many areas of Oman are almost completely untouched with the Gospel message. Pray that God would call believers to these unreached areas.
  • Pray for Sultan Qaboos. He is dearly loved by his people and has great influence over them. Pray for his salvation! Pray that he would continue to rule with justice, righteousness, and wisdom.
  • Pray for the people of Oman, that God would take out the heart of stone and give them a new heart of flesh (Ezekiel 11:19). Pray that the Spirit would cause them to walk in His statutes (Ezekiel 36:27). Pray that God would show Himself through signs and wonders, miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will (Hebrews 2:4). Pray that He would open their hearts so that they will believe the Gospel (Acts 16:14).

Since 1744, Oman has been ruled by the Al Busaidi dynasty with little contact with the outside world until Sultan Qaboos bin Said seized power from his father in 1970 and started a revolution of modernization and reform. The standard of living improved dramatically due to the discovery of oil. Omanis highly respect their Sultan and have enjoyed peace and prosperity under his leadership.

Technology has vastly changed the lifestyles of Omanis, the majority of whom were without electricity prior to the 1970’s. Mobile phones abound throughout the country, and the internet and social media command a great deal of the time of young and older Omanis. Oman’s population has doubled in the past 25 years and around 50% of the population is under 16 years of age. Traditional family structures are also changing. There is an increase in divorces and later marriages for women. However, to retain the traditional lifestyle, many Omanis commute to the cities for work and raise their families in the villages.

Pride, diversity, and rapid development describe the country of Oman. The people love the modernization that is re-defining their lives, yet at the same time, cling to traditional values and customs. The conservative and traditional nature of Oman’s Islamic society, combined with material comfort, result in much resistance to the Gospel. There are only handfuls of known believers in the country. However, God’s Spirit is moving in this land to draw Omanis into a saving relationship with Him.

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