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PTAP: Focus on Qatar: Leaders

January Prayer Focus: Qatar:
Week 4: Leaders
During our fourth week of prayer for Qatar, we will focus on the leaders and the government of Qatar
Matthew 5: 9 “Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called the sons of God.” (NIV)
Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani is the Emir of Qatar. He is married to three women (Islam allows up to 4) and has 7 sons and 5 daughters. He is the youngest reigning monarch in the countries on the Arabian Peninsula who have monarchies. He was educated in England, was in the Qatari military and is an avid sportsman. Pray for Sheikh Tamim that he will be a wise leader, seeking peace in the region. Pray that he will hear the Gospel from a follower of Christ and be asked to make the decision to follow. Pray that he will allow religious freedom in his country, not just for those of other nationalities but even for his own people
Matthew 7: 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” (NIV)
It is easy for those with much wealth to feel powerful for they know that “money speaks,” as does their tribal affiliation and the subsequent power attributed to their family. The rich can buy prestige and earn a place with world leaders. But once death comes, all of that disappears. Please pray that the people of Qatar will realize that what they have is fleeting. In front of God Almighty, all of us have nothing but to rely on his mercy. Pray that they will hear the Good News. Jesus has covered all of our sins. Through grace, mercy is given.
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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 the country and further "Kuwaitize" the economy. 
In fact, this push has become heightened in recent months with several Kuwaiti public figures accusing expatriates, mainly the unskilled labour, of straining the country's health facilities and increasing the COVID-19 threat.
We do not know if these pushes and debates within Kuwait's parliament would lead to real changes for the wider Kuwaiti society--both nationals and expatriates. Nonetheless, we know that God is in control of the situation. Let us pray for the leaders of Kuwait, the migrant workers, and their local sponsors. 
Additionally, you can find out more about Kuwait and how to pray for Kuwait more generally in the video below.

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Prayer Requests - October 25, 2017
PTAP is joining WIN1040 ( this month in praying for unreached countries of the world. October 25 is the day to pray for Oman. Let's continue to lift up Oman with thousands of people around the world that God would build the local church there.

Praise Report
Praise God that the government of Oman wants to see more Omanis join the work force and is trying to help educate and employ them to be successful (The Bible, Psalm 111:6). ...

Prayer Request
Pray for more Omanis to be willing to work in the low and mid-level job positions. These are not as attractive but are key to the countries growth (The Bible, Proverbs 14:23).

Transformational Prayer
Pray for the Omani people to be transformed from a proud people blessed by oil wealth to those humbly seeking to find Jesus (The Bible, Matthew 19:26).

Call to Salvation
Pray that the very few believers in the Lord Jesus will not be ashamed of the Gospel but will tell their families and friends about His saving power. (The Bible, Romans 1:16).

Source: More expats than Omanis hired last year: Central Bank of Oman

Continue to Pray for Sohar
In fact, earlier this month, you received prayer points about Sohar--a city in Oman. Please continue to pray for Sohar as you watch the following video.

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Wouldn't it be wonderful if our entire nation joined together in prayer for America, just like the Israelites convened at the sound of the trumpet to pray? Now, more than ever, our government needs prayer. Our families need us to pray. And we need God to heal our land. Thankfully, thousands of Americans are planning to pray together this week, and you can be a part of this historic event.

Thursday, May 5, 2016, is the National Day of Prayer, a day set aside for prayer by Presidential order since 1988. Here's a list of 10 things you can do to strengthen your prayer life on this national day of prayer:​

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PTAP: Yemeni Ramadan

Yemen, Arabian Peninsula Day 24 - July 11, 2015 As Muslims are praying and fasting during Ramadan, we pray for them.

God did this [war, hardship] so that they [Yemeni] would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.

All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him, Christians focused on Yemen are asking us to pray Acts 17:27 and Psalm 22:27 with them.

There are four major factions fighting each other in Yemen and there are outside forces also part of the uprisings. The situation changes daily. Pray for the establishment of stability, law and order all across the country.

Pray for the groups of believers in two main cities and for the scattered ones in others that they might be established in Christ. Pray that local believers would become family to one another, and be forgiving and including one another. Pray that God would help them focus on being trustworthy as opposed to trusting, that they would desire to give honor rather than seek it, and that they would count others as more important than themselves.

Pray that the foreign workers would live out and model to local believers how to love one another. Pray that workers inside Yemen would set an example by modeling a kingdom lifestyle, that they would show wisdom to know when to stay and when to leave, and that they would have love for the other workers.

Pray that workers outside Yemen can rest in God's sovereignty rather than in their frustration at not being able to go into Yemen. Source: Christians in Yemen

As the new Shiite Houthi rebels from the north of Yemen dissolved the government of Yemen, their supporters waved banners saying; "Death to America, death to Israel, a curse on the Jews and a victory to Islam." According to AP writer Ahmed Al-Haj, this new rebel government faces one of the most violent al-Qaeda groups anywhere in the world in southern Yemen. Pray for the country of Yemen. With such words of death and cursing, they do not know the judgment they will face. Pray that God will move Yemen away from civil war, involving Shiite, Sunni, al-Qaeda, and other tribes, and into a place of peace (The Bible, Philippians 4:7). Source: The 10/40 Window Prayer Points for Every Nation (April 2015)

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Disillusionment & Disappointment

The Arab Spring is pointing out that there are masses of Muslim peoples who are disappointed and disillusioned with life. For these masses it is not surprising that they look to Islam, more religion, as their first default to what their hearts desire. God has placed a desire in us for life, truth, healthy relationships, for Him. Satan comes to kill and destroy. Satan is the father of lies.

Jeremiah 18:1-12 [below] talks about the rise and fall of nations in the hand of God.

Pray that in the Arabian Peninsula more and more people will be disappointed and disillusioned with Islam and an Islamic government.

Pray that Islamic spiritual leaders will express their own disappointment and disillusionment with Islam and that they will do this in humility.

Pray for a movement away from Islam and toward a relationship with Christ.

God is the potter, may God shape the peoples of the AP into beautiful pots that follow Him.

Pray for the peoples of the AP to "repent of its evil." v. 8

This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: "Go down to the potter's house, and there I will give you my message." So I went down to the potter's house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.

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God calls us to pray for the government leaders around us. Please pray for the kings, princes, sheiks, emirs and presidents of the AP that God will give them wisdom and guidance. Pray that each of them will have the chance to hear the Gospel.

Pray that with all the extremists in the region that many people will get disillusioned with their religion and that they will search for the Prince of Peace.

Please pray for a young couple who love the Lord but face many challenges in their new marriage. Pray that God will teach them how to rely on Him in a greater way as they learn to depend on Him together. Thank God for believing men and women who He brings together.

Please pray for two young collegian boys, "Ahmad" and "Meshari", who have expressed an openness in hearing the gospel. In acknowledging his default toward sinful thinking, Ahmad admitted it was "all the time!" Pray for their salvation.

Embassies are closing their doors and the staff are leaving. Political and tribal parties will not agree and seek peace. These are hard times for the most populated country in the AP. The middle class is becoming poor. The poor are on the verge of desperation. Pray that God will do a mighty work in the midst of what the world would call hopeless. Pray that people who love the Savior will tell their neighbors about the peace that He puts in their hearts. Pray that God will comfort those who are afraid through visions and dreams. Pray that many will come to Him.

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The Revelation of Intercession

“If we as helpers and fellow laborers with the Lord Jesus, are to share His power of intercession, there will need to be with us as well the travail of soul that there was with Him, the giving up of our lives and their pleasures for the one supreme work of interceding for our fellow men. Intercession must not be a passing interest. It must become an ever-growing object of intense desire for which, above everything, we long and live. It is the life of consecration and self-sacrifice that will indeed give power for intercession.” Andrew Murray 
There are few people who understand or fully realize how powerful intercession really is. But the number is growing as individuals realize how nothing works without prayer. God wants to reveal to each one of us just how majestic intercession really is. We need a revelation of the majesty and mystery of intercession. We need God to open the eyes of our heart to this tremendous reality.
Here at the International House of Prayer (IHOP) in Kansas City, we pray Ephesians 1:17-19a every day of the week. We need the Spirit of wisdom and revelation to open our eyes to all that we have in Christ and to this great reality of the power of intercession!
“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power to us who believe.” 

Intercession is the primary way that God governs the universe. Think about that! God has chosen intercession as the primary means in which he release His (government) power through Jesus and with His people. And He desires for us to enter into this highest ministry through intimate partnership with Himself. Imagine that for a moment – God wants intimate partnership with you. Not a casual friendship, but intimate and close partnership with the God of the universe, the creator of all.

To be involved in this great ministry of intercession requires our cooperation. God require us to cooperate with Him in the grace of God. God will not do our part and we cannot do His part. If we do not do our part, then God withholds some of the help and blessing He would have given us. He has overflowing blessing and help to give you. He knows the deep longings and needs in your heart and life, and He desires to abundantly bless you, but you must ask and call upon Him. It’s that simple and real.

“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3).

There is a mystery to intercession. The primary principle of intercession is simply to tell God what He tells us to tell Him as the means of releasing His power. He tells us what to pray in His Word. We can pray the Bible. It is profoundly simple. Intercession is God’s brilliant strategy for including the saints in ruling with Him in power. Its mystery is in its weakness, simplicity, humility, and accessibility to all.

God promises to restore the Tabernacle of David. The fullness of God’s promise to restore the Tabernacle of David speaks of the full release of Jesus’ government across all nations in context to worship and intercession. It will only be completely restored in Jesus millennial government based on 24/7 worship.

I will raise up the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down, and repair its damages; I will raise up its ruins, and rebuild it as in the days of old; that they may possess the remnant of Edom [Islam] and all the Gentiles [harvest in the nations]... I will plant them in their land [May 1948], and no longer shall they be pulled up from the land” (Amos 9:11-15).

There is a majesty to intercession.  God has chosen intercession as the primary means in which He releases His power now and forever. Jesus operated in the principle of intercession when He created the earth by speaking the Word to the Father (Genesis 1). He releases His power now and will rule the nations forever in partnership with His people through intercession.

  • Intercession causes us to internalize God’s Word and changes us.
  • Intercession unites our heart to people and places we pray for.
  • Intercession renews our hope and faith.
  • Intercession imparts life (John 6:63).
  • Intercession makes a long-term impact beyond this age (Rev. 5:8, 8:1-6).
  • Intercession humbles us.
  • Intercession changes the spiritual atmosphere of cities and nations.
  • Intercession causes multiple blessings to return to the intercessor (Luke 6:38). 

The enemy will do everything he can to stop and hinder you in prayer. He will lie and tell you that it’s not that important. He will tell you it’s too hard or God does not answer. He will bring obstacles, telephone calls, busyness, anything to keep you from this all-important ministry. He trembles when we pray because he knows the majesty, mystery, and power of prayer. He knows how swiftly it damages and thwarts all his evil plans.

We just had two huge snowstorms here in Kansas City. It was a beautiful winter wonderland, but it put a total stop to everything in the city. Jobs, stores, schools, and everything else closed down for a couple of days, and then a few days later we had another storm with everything shutting down again. I am sitting at home right now with huge banks of snow everywhere outside our house. One of our trees snapped off large branches due to the heavy snow. But snow plows made a way where there was no way down the street and throughout the city. We are now able to drive right through the path to wherever we want to go. 

The enemy puts storms in our path, and tries to shut down and block our way to victory. He hinders our progress in any way possible. But if we are faithful in prayer and intercession, God answers our prayer and makes a path for us right through the storm. Just as that snow plow clears a path through the snow, God is able to bring breakthrough right in the midst of the battle. When we are consistent in intercession, we can even enjoy the storm (as I right now enjoy this beautiful snow), because God answers and brings us the victory. He even uses the enemy's attacks for our benefit.
Jesus, Himself, was the greatest intercessor and right now lives to make intercession for us. He is our greatest example. Let us never forget the high priority Jesus put on intercession. He is looking for intercessors who will stand in the gap for others. Will you make a new commitment today to this call to prayer and intercession?
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Christ…at the right hand of God, who makes intercession for us” (Romans 8:34).
“He always [forever] lives to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:25).

Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International
International House of Prayer (IHOP) KC Staff

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When Religion and Politics Mix Well

It seems to me this is a good example of faith serving government (and society) ...

At the prayer request from the MO Legislators, both Democrats and Republicans, the meeting last Monday at the MO State Capitol rotunda with Anne Graham Lotz was developed. It was a wonderful evidence of God’s workings and power!

Mrs. Lotz has made an excellent commitment to MO by offering daily devotions of prayer specifically for our MO crisis. Anyone who will go to her website: / click on the state of Missouri (with a cross on it) and sign up for the daily prayers for MO will receive these brief thoughts. These will automatically stop at the end of the 40 days, which coincides with the time the budget has to be passed (around May 7). When you visit her website after clicking on the MO map, you can listen to the great message she gave on Monday. You can also listen to a brief radio interview with her at

*Would you urge your prayer website/network/prayer list to go to Anne’s website and be a part of a great swell of prayer for MO at a time of great crisis, whether living in MO or elsewhere? MO has to have a balanced budget and to do that this year means cutting thousands of dollars which will hurt many in our state.

We are in step with our Founding Fathers who realized that prayer was the backbone that provided The Declaration of Independence and The United States Constitution written for our country.

Four of the seven sayings etched in stone in the MO State Capitol Rotunda are from Scripture, an evidence of our own Missouri’s Christian Heritage!

Harold & Joan Hendrick

Hendrick Ministries

Phone: 314 355-1052

Cell: 314 974-7212

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