Published: 00:00 GMT Daylight Time - Sunday 27 May 2012
Daily Prayer - Sunday 27 May 2012
The small nation of Qatar punches far above its weight on the international scene. It has exerted a strong influence over the Arab uprisings of the last 18 months, giving active support to the revolutions in Libya and Syria and encouraging Islamist groups throughout the region. It is seeking to promote its strict form of Islam not only in the Middle East but also in some Western countries. Its activities are also contributing to the pressures and attacks experienced by Christians in the region. Pray that the Lord will protect His people in the Middle East from the destructive forces unleashed against them. Pray especially for Christians in Qatar: expatriates are allowed to practise their faith, but evangelism is forbidden, and conversion from Islam officially carries the death penalty.