2014 July

A CURE

“If you found a cure for cancer, wouldn’t it be inconceivable to hide it from the rest of mankind? How much more inconceivable to keep silent the eternal wages of death?” Pray that Christians in Qatar would receive boldness from the Holy Spirit to share the gospel message with those around them.

CREATED FOR RELATIONSHIP

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  Among Qatari people wealth and luxury are abundant. As humans we were created by God for relationship with Him; we were made to crave it and nothing else can satisfy that hunger. “Those who love money will never have enough. How meaningless to think that wealth brings true happiness!” –Ecclesiastes 5:10 Pray that Qataris realize that wealth and luxury are not enough, and that they would seek a relationship with Jesus.  

GOD’S PURPOSE

“Your whole life is to be overmastered by Me; you are to have no end, no aim, and no purpose but Mine.” –from Oswald Chamber’s, My Utmost for His Highest. We know that as believers in Jesus Christ our purpose in life is to serve God’s purpose–that all may hear the truth of His redemption and come salvation in Him. In Matthew 28, Jesus commissions us to go and make disciples of all peoples. Be involved in God’s mission by praying for Qatar. Ask God if He is calling to you give or to go to those who haven’t heard…

QATARIZATION

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Qatar is in a predicament. The discovery of abundant natural resources attracted foreigners from around the globe to take jobs. However, now, there is a tug of war between who should be given the jobs: Qataris or foreigners. About 8 years ago the electric company replaced all Qatari employees with Southeast Asians. The typical Qatari is expensive to hire. Qataris have a long list of social obligations to family and are unlikely to work the same hours as others, thus seen as unreliable employees. Frequently, even companies with Qatari business owners do not hire Qataris; when they are hired, they…

THE COST TO FOLLOW CHRIST

Pray that Qatari believers would be able to withstand tests and persecution from their families and the government. We must pray for Qatari seekers. The cost of following Jesus is high. Just as the rich young ruler had to accept that cost in John 3, Qatari people may be putting their finances, their futures, their families, even their lives on the line when they make a decision to follow Jesus. Write a prayer in the comments.

ABOLISH FEAR

Pray for fear to be abolished in expats’ lives and that threats would not keep them from sharing their faith. Read Michael’s Profile: https://prayforqatar.com/?p=96

ACTS 9:10-17

Pray that expat Christians in Qatar would listen and respond to the Holy Spirit like Ananias in Acts 9, even when that means threats and potential persecution like deportation. “Now there was a believer in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord spoke to him in a vision, calling, “Ananias!” “Yes, Lord!” he replied. The Lord said, “Go over to Straight Street, to the house of Judas. When you get there, ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul. He is praying to me right now. I have shown him a vision of a man named Ananias coming in and laying hands…

LUKE 10:2 PRAY FOR WORKERS

Luke 10:2 ‘These were Jesus’ instructions to them: “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”‘ Pray that God would strategically send expats with natural means of access (employment opportunities) and hearts for evangelism to connect with Qataris.

EXPATS MOVING IN AND OUT

Foreigners constitute as much as 85% of Qatar’s total population. Most foreigners are from nations east of Qatar and are wooed to the country by jobs and high earning potential not available in their home countries. People are often most open to changes in belief at critical junctures in their lives, such as a cross-cultural move may desire to connect, opening the door for them to receive the Gospel. Pray that expats moving in and out of Qatar would be drawn to the message of Jesus Christ.

DOHA DEBATES & FREEDOM

Early last year, The Doha Debates, a partnership between the Qatar Foundation and BBC World News, featured “the future of religious minorities in the Arab world.” (Click here to watch.) The Doha Debates is one of few places in the Arab world where freedom of speech is legally protected. No single government, official group, or broadcaster controls what is said or who is invited. A  controversial issue is batted around with two speakers for and against. Arguments are outlined, the chairman questions each speaker, and the audience votes electronically after discussion. The debates have garnered millions in international viewership and web hits. Sensitive topics…

JOEL 2:28-29

Pray for Qataris to be open to the message of the Gospel, to have divine encounters with other believers, to have dreams and visions from God and for forms of media that reach into places where individuals and groups cannot. “Then, after doing all those things, I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions. In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on servants—men and women alike.” –Joel 2:28-29 Pray that the Holy Spirit would be poured out…

CREATIVE ACCESS

Throughout the world, missionary efforts are often paired with a “cup of cold water”—compassionately meeting physical needs in Jesus’ name, and sharing the Gospel by those means. In Qatar, there is no need for a social gospel. Qatar, the richest country in the world, is engaged in its own philanthropic pursuits. However, the lack of apparent physical need doesn’t mean there is not a spiritual need. Access is perhaps the greatest challenge in reaching this UPG (Unreached People Group). Since Qataris make up only 15% of the nation’s population, connecting with them isn’t easy and its expensive for Christian workers…