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PTAP: Amazing, Awe-Inspiring Works of Multiplication

Lord, help the Arab peoples to see your awe-inspiring works and glorify you.

“And amazement seized them all, and they glorified God and were filled with awe, saying ‘We have seen extraordinary things today.’” Luke 5:26
Pray for the local churches in the Arabian Peninsula, especially for unity and healed hearts of reconciliation. Pray for believers to boldly share the…
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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on October 11, 2020 at 10:15am — 1 Comment

PTAP: Hajj 2020 & Coronavirus

Hajj Prayer - July 29-31, 2020



The Hajj is scheduled for July 29-31, 2020. Dates may vary slightly based on the sighting of the moon that defines the beginning of the lunar month. Because of Covid-19, Hajj this year will be very limited and only open to those who are residing in Saudi Arabia.



In Luke 7, Jesus says to a sinful woman, "Your sins are forgiven...Your faith has saved you; go in peace." Jesus has the authority and power to forgive all of our sins through His… Continue

Added by Merton J. Hershberger on July 26, 2020 at 3:14pm — 1 Comment

PTAP: Pray for Kuwait amid coronavirus.

Weekly Prayer - June 30, 2020
 
This week, we would like to pray for Kuwait. 
Recently, the drive to redress demographic imbalance and increase the proportion of nationals in the country has gained momentum in Kuwait. This has been a part of wider efforts by some political leaders and lawmakers to curtail number of migrant workers in…
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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on June 30, 2020 at 6:22pm — 1 Comment

PTAP: Mental Health in Arabia

Pray for individuals currently receiving treatment for mental health conditions.  Pray for freedom from their illness, and for their hearts to feel heard and loved.  Pray for their safety and for cultural acceptance despite acknowledgement of their need for help, especially at this time where many of the Gulf countries are under quarantine.
 
Pray that God would heal the stigma that exists around mental health in the Arabian Gulf…
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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on June 24, 2020 at 9:54am — 1 Comment

The "Night of Power" (May 19, 2020) is the most holy day in Islam. Considered the time when Mohammed received the words for the Koran, this is a catalytic spiritual event for the Islamic nations.  On…

The "Night of Power" (May 19, 2020) is the most holy day in Islam. Considered the time when Mohammed received the words for the Koran, this is a catalytic spiritual event for the Islamic nations.  



On this night, many…
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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on May 19, 2020 at 6:39am — 1 Comment

PTAP: Night of Power-Ramadan

The "Night of Power" (May 19, 2020) is the most holy day in Islam. Considered the time when Mohammed received the words for the Koran, this is a catalytic spiritual event for the Islamic nations.  



On this night, many…
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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on May 19, 2020 at 6:30am — No Comments

PTAP: Yemen Amid COVID & War & Famine

Weekly Prayer - May 6, 2020
 
Yemen is one of the poorest countries in the Middle East and has faced decades of instability. Civil war has gripped the country and left the…
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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on May 7, 2020 at 4:10pm — 4 Comments

PTAP: Ramadan under Lockdown

Praying for and during Ramadan
 
Ramadan is starting on April 23, 2020 (or April 24, 2020) this year. During the month of Ramadan, billions of Muslims will be fasting, praying, and reading the Quran as a community. Lockdowns, curfews, and restrictions on public gatherings across most countries due to COVID-19 have dampened Ramadan preparations this year. 
As our Muslim cousins shelter in place, we want to…
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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on April 22, 2020 at 7:08am — No Comments

PTAP: COVID Ceasefire in Yemen

Weekly Prayer - April 2, 2020
 
On Monday 30 March, all fighting groups in Yemen agreed to a nationwide ceasefire due to the coronavirus outbreak. However, the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi group in Yemen carried out several air strikes…
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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on April 3, 2020 at 1:40pm — 1 Comment

PTAP: COVID Ceasefire in Yemen

Weekly Prayer - April 2, 2020
 
On Monday 30 March, all fighting groups in Yemen agreed to a nationwide ceasefire due to the coronavirus outbreak. However, the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi group in Yemen carried out several air strikes…
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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on April 3, 2020 at 1:40pm — 2 Comments

CoViD-19 and Lent

Pray for wisdom for those in leadership as they make decisions on what precautions to take and how to respond as COVID-19 has been spreading throughout the region.



Pray for conversations with locals about the fear and anxiety many have towards this illness and its spread.  Pray that those in the Arabian Peninsula would recognize that they are not immune to the brokenness of the world. Pray that they would be pointed to their need for a savior as their sense of security is…

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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on March 11, 2020 at 8:23am — No Comments

CoViD-19 and Lent

Pray for wisdom for those in leadership as they make decisions on what precautions to take and how to respond as COVID-19 has been spreading throughout the region.



Pray for conversations with locals about the fear and anxiety many have towards this illness and its spread.  Pray that those in the Arabian Peninsula would recognize that they are not immune to the brokenness of the world. Pray that they would be pointed to their need for a savior as their sense of security is…

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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on March 11, 2020 at 8:23am — No Comments

God's Chosen Fast

Fasting from all, one day at a time.

The body grows weak, dreams come to mind.

All food abandoned, an annual fast.

We’re seeking forgiveness and healing that lasts.

 

Forty days pass, like Jesus I fast.

Temptations and trials start to attack.

Breakthrough will come, if only I win.

Could fasting help us all overcome sin?

 

Abstaining from pleasure, I walk Daniel’s path:

Rich foods forgotten, in this partial…

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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on March 9, 2020 at 2:53pm — 1 Comment

Pray for the Khawlan people of Saudi Arabia and Yemen

The Khawlan bin Amer tribe inhabits the rugged Sarawat Mountains of southern Saudi Arabia and northern Yemen. The Khawlan are made up of over 30 large tribes and numerous sub-tribes and have a population of approximately 400,000. These isolated subsistence farmers survived with a spirit of independence for hundreds of years, high up in this steep and mountainous terrain. They collected rainwater in cisterns around their stone houses, kept livestock, and farmed local grains on…
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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on February 14, 2020 at 9:18am — No Comments

Pray for the Khawlan people of Saudi Arabia and Yemen

The Khawlan bin Amer tribe inhabits the rugged Sarawat Mountains of southern Saudi Arabia and northern Yemen. The Khawlan are made up of over 30 large tribes and numerous sub-tribes and have a population of approximately 400,000. These isolated subsistence farmers survived with a spirit of independence for hundreds of years, high up in this steep and mountainous terrain. They collected rainwater in cisterns around their stone houses, kept livestock, and farmed local grains on…
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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on February 14, 2020 at 9:18am — No Comments

PTAP: Light Shines in the Darkness

Renting two cars, a group of believers drove for an hour to the center of the Islamic world, the stronghold of darkness that blinds millions of people to the Truth. They drove around the city all day praying for the Lord to send His presence into the city and set people free from the chains of Islam.
Returning to the city they were staying at, the…
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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on February 3, 2020 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

PTAP: Pray for Oman -January 13, 2020

Weekly Prayer for the Arabian Peninsula - January 13, 2020
 
Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said, the late ruler of Oman, passed away on January 10, 2010. He is a ruler who has been lauded for mediating role he played between conflicting parties in the…
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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on January 13, 2020 at 4:24pm — No Comments

PTAP: Khawlan Tribe of Arabia - February 14-18

Dear Friends,

Please Save the Date

The Lord has moved the hearts of workers in Saudi Arabia and Yemen to have a special prayer focus for the Khawlan people, a tribe with their unique Semitic language living in a region that straddles the border between Yemen and Saudi Arabia. 
 
During a special prayer gathering in Saudi Arabia for the Khawlan Tribe in October, those…
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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on January 5, 2020 at 6:36pm — No Comments

PTAP: Khawlan Tribe of Arabia - February 14-18

Dear Friends,

Please Save the Date

The Lord has moved the hearts of workers in Saudi Arabia and Yemen to have a special prayer focus for the Khawlan people, a tribe with their unique Semitic language living in a region that straddles the border between Yemen and Saudi Arabia. 
 
During a special prayer gathering in Saudi Arabia for the Khawlan Tribe in October, those…
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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on January 5, 2020 at 6:36pm — 1 Comment

PTAP: Thanksgiving in Arabia

Pray for workers on the ground who are celebrating the holidays away from dear family and friends. Pray that the Lord would be near to them and fill their hearts with gratitude and joy despite the longing to be home and/or with loved ones during the holiday season.



Pray for opportunities for believers across the city to invite cousin friends to join in on their Thanksgiving meal. Pray that believers would be intentional and bold in sharing their thanks for what God has done in their… Continue

Added by Merton J. Hershberger on November 24, 2019 at 9:08am — No Comments

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