The national emblem (click here to see it) was introduced in 1976. The outer ring is white on top with state of Qatar written in Arabic, and maroon on the bottom; the zigzag lines where white meets maroon reflect Qatar’s flag. The emblem’s yellow circle contains two white curved crossing swords, a sailing ship (dhow) on blue waves, and two palm trees. The emblem’s previous version featured a pearl shell.Many countries in the Middle East feature similar imagery: the curved sword is featured on Saudi Arabian and Omani emblems; the dhow is on Kuwait’s coat of arms; and the palm tree is a national symbol of Saudi Arabia.

Most of this imagery is also found throughout the Bible’s New Testament. We pray for the symbolic overlap between the state of Qatar and the Kingdom of God. We ask God to reveal the meaning of the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God (Ephesians 6:17); introduce Qataris to the Living Water (John 4:10-14) and the Pearl of Great Price (Matthew 13:45-46); and give them victory over sin and endurance in a difficult environment like the palm tree. We pray the believers from all nationalities would be courageous fishers of men in Qatar.

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