Saudi Arabia has historically been one of the most Islamic and strict nations in the world, largely due to the fact that it has two of the Islam’s biggest landmarks – Mecca and Medina. Saudi Arabia also has extremely large access to oil reserves which has helped the country advance rapidly in recent decades.
This month, we are going to pray for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia because of the influence and power Islam has over this nation. It is one of the most closed countries to the Gospel.
Simple Statistics (briticanna.com)
Population: 35 million
Official Religion: Islam
Under 30 years old: 70% of the population (globalmediainsight.com)
Urban/Rural Population: 83.8% Urban; 16.2% Rural
Saudi Arabia is an Islamic monarchy. Over 85% of the population are Sunnis and 10% are Shiites. Women in Saudi Arabia are required to have a male guardian, either a father, husband, or son, who is responsible for her and makes decisions for her in the same way a parent does for a minor.
Religion in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia operates under Shari’a law. This makes it extremely dangerous for anyone to leave Islam. The underground church continues to face persecution both from the Saudi society and the government.
Testimonies From Our Brothers and Sisters in Saudi Arabia
Ali - Friendship and Faith
After some time, he began watching Christian channels to investigate his friend’s new beliefs and discover the truth for himself. He found our Arabic satellite T.V. channel and reached out to our contact center with questions about Jesus. After hearing the truth, Ali accepted Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior!
Hammad - Seeking the Truth
How to Pray for Saudi Arabia
- Pray for the Gospel to spread in the country through media, internet, and one-on-one.
- Pray that the underground church would be kept safe and that it can grow.
- Pray that Saudi Arabia might loosen regulations so that Christians could live without fear and the Gospel can be preached freely.
- Pray for the Saudi women to be given more opportunities and rights.
- Pray for new believers to stay strong in their faith and not live under a spirit of fear, but of faith.