During the 40 days of Lent I’m committed to praying each day for Christians in the 40 countries where the cost of being a follower of Christ is highest. I invite you to do the same. The information on the prayer needs of each country comes from a combination of Open Doors, Barnabas Fund and Operation World.
Today we are Praying for Oman
A mountainous land on the southeast coast of Arabia and the strategic tip of the Musandam Peninsula that dominates the entrance to the Arabian/Persian Gulf. Oman is a country of 2.8 million people about 35,000 of these are Christians. The law prohibits discrimination on the basis of religion but all religious organisations must be registered. Almost the entire Christian population is expatriate. Foreign Christians are allowed to worship in private homes or on work compounds. Locals are strongly discouraged from visiting these compounds, since Christian materials are available there. Believers from a Muslim background may face severe persecution from family and society – and the government may act if the family asks it to do so. In such cases, these believers are treated as psychiatric patients.
Challenge for Prayer
Oman has been transformed since 1970 into a relatively progressive and open society. Oil wealth, although declining, allowed for a much greater level of education and economic diversification. Pray for spiritual openness as well, that the gospel might have a powerful impact on all levels and peoples in Oman.
- Praise God that Oman enjoys a reasonably open and liberal society compared to neighbours in the region.
- All residents are free to practice their faith, and the government has generously given land for places of worship to be built.
- For the growth and blessing of the church in Oman.