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  • 7 Key Areas to Pray

  • Pray for the national leaders


7 Key Areas to Pray for in 2016

Christians in U.A.E. are asking us to pray for:

  • Pray for the key leaders: Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahayan (President), Sheikh Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum (Vice President and Prime Minister) and Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahayan (Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi), and for all the other five rulers of the Emirates. God instructs us to pray for the leaders of nations. Pray that these men will rule wisely and bring peace to their respective Emirates.
  • God is shaking the peoples of the UAE. Pray that they will find those who know the Truth and ask them questions about faith. Pray that they will find other Emiratis who God is calling to Himself.
  • Pray for the protection of those nationals who believe and that God will give them grace as they grow in faith. Pray that the truth of the gospel will spread among them. Pray for foreigners in the country who love the Lord that they will be a godly influence to those around them. Pray that they will be an encouragement to brothers and sisters in Christ.
  • Pray that God would build His church. Pray for God’s Kingdom to come and that His will be done.
  • Pray against fear which causes believers to not be bold in their witness. Pray that those who believe will follow the Holy Spirit’s leading and obey Him.
  • Pray Genesis 21:19 and John 4:14 over those in the UAE. Ask that they will learn that Jesus Christ is the “water of life”. He wants them to come, drink and live.
  • The god of materialism has its grip on the UAE. Pray that new businesses being birthed by believers would be successful and blessed, and be examples of godly work that is not materialistic or greedy in their values and practices.

The UAE is a federation of seven states, called Emirates, ruled by tribal chiefs called Sheiks or Emirs. There are archeological sites showing several population centers along the coast of the Arabian Gulf, including the UAE, dating to 2000 B.C. Islam came to this region within the first 50 years after Mohammed’s death in 632 AD. Once a center for piracy, it was known as the Pirate Coast before being subdued by British forces. It became a British protectorate in the 19th century and remained so until independence in 1971.

The largest and richest of the Emirates is Abu Dhabi with significant oil and gas reserves. Dubai is the commerce center of the Gulf with the major port of Jebal Ali. The development of the oil industry in the UAE has brought fabulous wealth and rapid modernization to the major population centers, as well as many expatriates from around the world. UAE nationals make up only 20% of the total population. The poorer Emirates rely on the federal government (largely financed by Abu Dhabi) and the Dubai/Sharjah population hub for economic growth.

Religious tolerance is granted to Christians, and some churches and Christian schools are allowed to operate publicly in government-determined locations. Muslim evangelism is not allowed. Several imprisonments have occurred since 1992 due to evangelism among Muslims.

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