Pray for Saudi Arabia

Learn about and pray for Saudi Arabia in just 5 minutes per week!

Receive one email per week for 13 weeks about Saudi Arabia’s history, geography, persecution profile, and largest unreached people groups.

Specific prayer points are included in each email.

Introduction

Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, boasts desert landscapes, the sacred cities, of Mecca and Medina, and beautiful coastlines. It holds about 16% of the world’s proven oil reserves.

However, the nation faces serious human rights and religious freedom issues. While recent reforms have brought limited freedoms for women and opened doors to tourism, strict religious laws persist.

Wahhabi Islam is exported worldwide, fueling extremism. Proxy wars in Yemen, Syria, Libya, and Iraq contribute to regional instability.

Christians, often migrants, face extreme difficulties in practicing their faith openly, while believers in secret churches continue to grow despite persecution.

Read on to learn how you can pray for Saudi Arabia.

 

Saudi man in front of mosque
map of Saudi Arabia in the Gulf Peninsula

Fast Facts

Capital City: Riyadh

Population: 37 million (91% unreached)

People Groups: 45

Unreached People Groups: 29

Frontier People Groups: 16

10/40 Window: Yes

people groups of Saudi Arabia

Major People Groups: 37% Saudi Arab; 33% Saudi Arab Hijazi

Major Religions: Muslim 91%, Christian 6%

Language: Arabic

GDP Per Capita: $44,300

Literacy Rate: 98%

Did you know? The Rub’ al Khali is the largest continuous sand desert in the world.

Pray for the unreached people groups of Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has two of the largest frontier people groups in the world and is home to 27 other unreached people groups.

Below are the 10 largest unreached people groups in Saudi Arabia:

 

Name Religion Population
1. Nadji Arab Islam 14,668,000
2. Hijazi Arab Islam 11,291,000
3. Bedouin Arab Islam 1,402,000
4. Gulf-Spoken Arab Islam 1,055,000
5. Punjabi Islam 872,000
6. Urdu Islam 811,000
7. Rohingya Islam 558,000
8. Swahili Islam 433,000
9. Telugu-Speaking South Asian Islam 383,000
10. Northern Yemeni Arab Islam 289,000

 

Pray for Christians being persecuted

Saudi Arabia is ranked #13 on the 2023 World Watch List published by Open Doors.

Saudi Arabia is a highly conservative Islamic nation. No official churches are allowed, and it remains one of the few countries in the world where church buildings are forbidden.

Foreign Christians are severely restricted in sharing their faith and gathering for public worship. Conversion from Islam to Christianity is forbidden under Islamic law, so the small number of Saudi converts live as secret believers. But despite the risks, their numbers are slowly increasing.

World Watch List

You can learn about Christian persecution and pray for our brothers and sisters who being persecuted around the world by praying through the Open Doors’ World Watch List.

 

[God] has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.

Paul

2 Corinthians 1:10-11

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