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PTAP: Qatar - Prayer & a Testimony

Here is a testimony and request for prayer from an expat believer in Qatar. Let's pray for Qatar this week, that the Lord will tear down the spiritual walls that keep the Qatari people from knowing Jesus!
 
The Walls Speak
As we drive through Qatar, tall walls are seen encompassing residential housing buildings often far away from the city. These tall walls remind us of the huge fortresses that used…
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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on July 12, 2019 at 7:20am — No Comments

PTAP: Trouble in the Arabian Peninsula

As many of you know from the news, a lot is happening in the AP these days.  Tensions between the US and Iran are rising due to oil tankers being attacked in the Gulf of Oman.  Drones are being shot down.  The US will be sending 1500 more troops to the Middle East.  Air travel is being diverted away from the Strait of Hormuz.  



The Houthis in Yemen are firing missiles into Saudi Arabia, particularly Abha airport in the southern part of Saudi close to Yemen.  The…
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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on July 8, 2019 at 9:53am — No Comments

PTAP: Pray for Teachers

Most teaching positions in schools across the Arabian Peninsula are filled with expats from all over the world.  As head counts are being considered and new hires are being made for the 2019-2020 school year, pray that God would bring in a wave of believers to work as teachers and administrators of schools in the Arabian Peninsula.  Pray that the Father would use this sphere of influence to have profound Kingdom impact in this region.

Added by Merton J. Hershberger on June 19, 2019 at 9:10am — No Comments

PTAP: Ramadan in Arabia-Night of Power

Laylat al-Qadr (commonly known as the Night of Power, Night of Decree, Night of Value, Night of Measures, or Night of Destiny) is considered the holiest night of the year for Muslims and is traditionally celebrated on the 27th day of Ramadan. This day commemorates the day when the Qur'an was revealed to Mohammed.
This is a day when many Muslims believe that…
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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on May 30, 2019 at 3:28pm — No Comments

PTAP: Speaking Truth in Love, Bible Reading

Pray for a college student, N. After openly hearing the gospel from his professor, he sent the professor a video of Islamic arguments doubting the historical death of Christ. The professor answered all 30 of the points made. Today, N told the professor that he was so glad to have a knowledgeable person telling him about Christianity in a way he had not heard previously. Pray for his salvation, especially during this…
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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on May 29, 2019 at 1:41pm — No Comments

PTAP: Ramadan Begins

Significantly spiritual dreams and visions are not uncommon for Muslims to have during Ramadan. Pray that the Father would pour Himself out to our friends through the supernatural as they participate in Ramadan. Pray for believers in the Arabian Gulf to be open to the Spirit's leading as they interact and engage with locals. 

 

At sunset, there is a meal called Iftar that signifies the breaking of the fast.  After sunset prayers, another meal called Suhoor occurs.  During…

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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on May 6, 2019 at 4:25pm — No Comments

PTAP: Arabian Ramadan - Pray Through Colossians

Ramadan 2019 starts this year on May 5 or May 6 depending where you are in the world. 

Click below to download PTAP's 30 Day Ramadan 2019 prayer guide in PDF form.  This is a guide to help you pray for the Arabian Peninsula in particular.  So let's unite our hearts in prayer during the 30 days of Ramadan for God to build his church in the AP!…

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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on April 29, 2019 at 7:50am — No Comments

PTAP: Arabian Ramadan - Pray Through Colossians

Ramadan 2019 starts this year on May 5 or May 6 depending where you are in the world. 

Click below to download PTAP's 30 Day Ramadan 2019 prayer guide in PDF form.  This is a guide to help you pray for the Arabian Peninsula in particular.  So let's unite our hearts in prayer during the 30 days of Ramadan for God to build his church in the AP!…

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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on April 29, 2019 at 7:50am — No Comments

Pray for open doors and opportunities for the harvest

Prayer Requests - April 15, 2019


Pray for many to gain access to the Word. Pray they will be irresistibly drawn to read and their eyes and ears will be open to the truth and the Father's love. Ask for someone to come alongside them who can help explain the way to salvation and answer their questions.



Women in prisons are coming to believe in the Lord. Pray for continued opportunities for provision of…
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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on April 14, 2019 at 3:11pm — No Comments

PTAP: Students and Bedouin

Alex and Adam study in the same university, and they have both become believers in Jesus in recent years. Their meeting one another could be a source of great encouragement in the midst of an overwhelmingly Muslim culture. Please pray that…
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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on March 20, 2019 at 12:00pm — No Comments

PTAP: Lent & Prayer for UAE + Bedouins

In partnership with workers throughout the Middle East, we are distributing this 40 day prayer guide for the Bedouin people of the Middle East.  The guide focuses mainly on the Bedouins in Egypt and the Levantine countries (Jordan, Syria, etc).  However, we can also pray for the Bedouins of the Arabian Peninsula since most of the prayer requests are the same.  Besides, the original Bedouin Arab people are from the Arabian Peninsula who traveled to other countries like…
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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on March 3, 2019 at 9:12pm — No Comments

PTAP: Francis to Visit UAE

Pope Francis will be visiting the UAE from February 3 to 5, 2019. This is the pope's first visit to the Arabian Peninsula. The Pope's visit coincides with the visit of the Grand Imam of Al Azhar Dr Ahmad Al Tayeb, where the two prominent religious figures will hold a historic meeting to launch a global humanitarian message to consolidate the values of tolerance and brotherhood, coexistence…
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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on February 1, 2019 at 6:14pm — No Comments

PTAP: Basic Barrier to Faith in Arabia

For Muslims in the region most of the very basics of Christianity are a struggle to accept and contrary to their view of God. To think of God as Father is really difficult. The concept of the Trinity is a big obstacle as well. It is believed God does not share his deity with another, so it is hard for them to accept Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Another difficulty is the sacrifice Christ made on the cross. It is believed that if Christ was God, then…
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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on January 15, 2019 at 12:02pm — No Comments

Christmas in Arabia

During the Christmas season, many believers throughout the Arabian Peninsula host parties, gatherings, and events to share the true meaning of Christ's birth to their Muslim friends. It is also a time when many Muslims have opportunity to ask questions about Jesus if they are seeking and encounter the Christmas story on social media. …
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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on December 26, 2018 at 3:36pm — No Comments

PTAP: Bahrain & Qatar

Bahrain National Day - December 16
1. Praise God for a handful of new contacts in recent months, local believers and those who are interested in reading the Bible. Also, praise God for increased and extended prayer for Bahrain which has brought about new interest in knowing more about Jesus.…
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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on December 11, 2018 at 9:11am — No Comments

PTAP: New Believers

Dave learned that his national friend, Adam, had become a believer about two years ago. Adam was disillusioned with Islam while still a teenager and started investigating religions. He found Jesus and the Bible to be historically valid, unlike the others. Dave heard him tell of faith in Jesus alone for salvation, and of several others in his prominent bedouin tribe who had also believed in Jesus. Pray for their growth both individually, and that their faith would spread to others.

Added by Merton J. Hershberger on November 26, 2018 at 11:24am — No Comments

PTAP: International Day of Prayer for Yemen

He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with princes, with the princes of His people. - Psalm 113: 7,8

November 10, 2018
 
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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on November 7, 2018 at 11:52am — No Comments

PTAP: Assurance of Eternal Life

For both Muslims and Christians there is a great desire for the afterlife. This world and all that it offers still leaves us empty. We desire heaven. It is the work of Jesus on the cross that assures Christians their sins are forgiven and they have an eternal home in heaven when they die. Christians have confidence in the finished work of Jesus.
Muslims do not have Jesus' righteousness; all they have is the hope that Allah will allow them into paradise. They have no…
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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on November 6, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments

PTAP: Believers new and potential.

Ali calls himself an agnostic, but enjoys speaking with Christians about

matters of faith. Pray that he will be vulnerable to recognize his own

need of a Savior, and that God's Spirit will give him grace to believe.



Pray for a new believer who is seeking work. Living at the mercy of her family's generosity is very difficult. Pray that she will be encouraged and grow in her trust of her Lord during this trying time of waiting for provision. Ask that she will be a light in… Continue

Added by Merton J. Hershberger on October 22, 2018 at 9:59am — No Comments

PTAP: Pray for Spiritual Rain in Arabia.

As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,…
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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on October 10, 2018 at 1:12pm — No Comments

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