Saudi Arabia  

Flag of Saudi Arabia Rank: 6
Score: 78/100
2013 Rank: 02
Leader: King Abdullah
Government: Monarchy
Main Religion: Islam
Population: 29.9 million (1.25 million Christians)
Source of persecution: Islamic extremism

Christian Persecution in Saudi ArabiaThe open practice of any religion other than Islam is forbidden here, and conversion to another faith is punishable by death. Most Christians are ex-pats from Asia or Africa. During 2013, several Christian migrant fellowships were raided by police, and tens of worshippers detained and deported. Muslim-background believers run the risk of honor killing if their faith is discovered. Yet a small but growing number of Muslims are coming to Christ and sharing their faith on the internet and satellite TV.


  • Widespread unemployment and increasing discontent amongst young people makes this a breeding ground for extremists. Ask God to halt the spread of extremist views.
  • That more Muslims will meet Jesus through satellite TV or dreams and visions of Jesus .
  • In 2013, two men were convicted of proselytizing, and were sentenced to a few hundred lashes and several years in prison. Pray for their release.

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  • Lee

    It is also written into the Saudi constitution that no Jew is allowed to reside there.

    • DavidA_NZ

      They were ethnically cleansed by Mohammad.

      • Antoine

        Why are they still here then?

        • DavidA_NZ

          I’m not sure what you are talking about or if you even understand my statement.

          Before and at the time of Mohammad their were several large, thriving Jewish communities in Saudi Arabia. These communities were wiped out by Mohammad’s armies and today there are no Jewish communities in Saudi Arabia.

        • Antoine

          No matter what we have to do something about the Muslims. It’s clear they don’t adapt to society.

  • changiman

    Can you explain with your Islamophobic attitude to how it is possible to have all these Christians still living side by side with Muslims in those countries?

    • Mike Marsh

      You must live there! Tell us all about it! Are there mixed block parties?

    • Guest

      What a difference a year makes. ME Christianity has all but vanished. Hint: it sure as heck wasn’t Christian on Christian violence.

    • Linda Stapleton

      What a difference a year makes! And some truth. Middle Eastern Christianity has all but vanished. Arab Spring, brought on and financed by Barack Hussein Obama himself with our tax dollars, unleashed Christian persecution and death throughout the ME!

      • daredevil616

        This is the reason why missionaries are not taken seriously. Because you lie from the bottom of your gut.

  • Elizabeth

    Praise God for the testimony of the one who was thrown in prison and lead his cell-mate to Jesus!
    Lord bring powerful grace on them both.
    We pray that the gospel will come to life.. through the viewing over the air-ways…
    Protect the believers, heal, and deliver them from oppression.
    Thank You Lord.
    amen & amen

  • Demola Orekoya

    This is great with the inclusion of prayer points but sometimes I can navigate to the website on my phone in a group meeting – where we usually do the challenge – can we have the full text on email as well?

    • Ian

      Thanks for your feedback. We are working on a mobile version of the website that should make it much easier to access everything from wherever you are. Keep an eye out!

  • eileen

    Heavenly Father, Thank you that you always find a way to reach those whose hearts are open to you! May you continue to open hearts to the Gospel and bless and protect those risk their own safety to share the truth of Jesus. Amen.

  • Anthony L. Beardmore

    Amen! We need these visions to everyone in America! Too many CHRISTians aren’t doing their job here by teaching their children, friends & coworkers.

  • disqus_H8gX2qlKdV

    Please, Lord overcome the oppressors and protect your people! Thank you for your sovereignty.

  • Phillip Bozarth

    LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, we lift up our brothers and sisters in Saudi Arabia to you in prayer. We know that you are sovereign and can do all things. Keep them strong in You so they can persevere, and be Your witness where darkness covers the land. Open the hearts of those who persecute Your church and those who do not know You for it is Your desire for all men to be saved and come to faith in JESUS.

    Protect the believers and their families, and provide their needs. Comfort and heal them, and strengthen them in their faith. And help us to be faithful to standing alongside of our persecuted brothers and sisters. In JESUS name we pray, Amen.

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  • GilbertDavis

    Father God , Please save them before it is too late. LORD Jesus , please open their hearts and raise up many who will preach The Gospel . ( I COr. 1:21; Romans 1:16)KJB.

  • Barbara J Ferraro

    Saudi Arabia is one of the countries I have been praying for since last year. Lord, I ask that you continue to show your presence to those who do not know you and to also place someone with them who can tell them about you. Please protect the Christians who are so willing to share their faith, even when they know they may wind up in prison. Lord, please give them strength and courage to witness to others against all difficulties.

  • Robert Allen

    May the Holy Spirit continue moving the hearts and minds of those that would be saved and that the message of God’s grace will penatrate the anti-Christian culture of Saudi Arabia.

  • Phil Coleman

    Jesus keep your presense real to them, let their faith abound so that heaven will invade.

  • Misty Sundbeck Gallahan

    Lord, I come to You today and lift up the country of Saudia Arabia. I first want to thank You for raising up a church for Yourself in this country. I ask that You would give strength, courage, and comfort to the believers there. It is apparent that much persecution comes from following You. I thank You that despite that, people are still choosing to follow You. I pray that You would provide protection so that believers may share their faith and touch lives with their stories. I also ask that You stay by the side and give comfort and peace for those believers who are lonely and isolated and harassed and rejected by even family members because of their faith in You. I thank You for allowing technology to be used to reach more people for You. I ask that You would continue to provide opportunities for people to hear the Gospel through TV and radio. I also thank You that You continue to reveal Yourself in dreams and visions. What a more awesome way than to have You directly contact people in this way. You are an awesome and loving God. I thank You for the work You have done, are doing, and will do for Saudi Arabia. I thank You that You hear and answer our prayers. In the Beloved Name of Jesus Christ, Amen!!!!!!!!

  • Hester

    Yes Elizabeth, I had goose bumps when I read his testimony! God needed him in jail for that other man, seeking for God! God NEVER makes any mistakes, He always has a perfect plan!!

  • Caleb Miller

    Oh Lord, keep those people strong over there who believe in you. I pray that they would spread their faith further and help spread your salvation. Let them not waver in their faith but keep true to it. In Your Name, Amen

  • Elizabeth

    Father…how great You are!
    We cry out to You today for protection and healing..Move in power & bring many into the kingdom for such a time as this Lord. Send signs and wonders, dreams and visions.
    Draw many to yourself Lord and fill them to overflowing with Your Holy Spirit.
    Amen and amen

  • Marco Antonio Huaman Ramos

    This is marco from peru i pray for misions and i would like to go there i’m waiting in GOD ISAIAH 65;1 65:1 Fui buscado por los que no preguntaban por mí

    • Abigail Eustace

      Amen! Dios, manda tus obreros a los mies!

  • Marisol Ortega

    Father, in Jesus name, because of the blood that Jesus bled for us, we ask you to protect your children in Saudi Arabia. We ask you to continue giving them the boldness to share their faith in Jesus despite the risk and persecution. We ask you to
    give comfort and strength to those who face the rejection of their families and relatives. Make them understand that you
    are with them all the time. Please continue drawing people to yourself through satellite TV, radio and supernatural dreams. Also reveal yourself to people as you reveal yourself to Paul on the way to Damascus. We ask you to reveal your amazing grace and love to all the people in Saudi Arabia. In the mighty name of Jesus, Amen.

  • Amy

    First, I pray specifically for the men spoken about in these articles. I pray for their protection and for divine wisdom and discernment to be given to them so that they will know when to speak and when to be silent. I pray that You would use them in a mighty, supernatural way in order to bring the gospel to other Saudis. I pray for ALL of the believers in Saudi Arabia – that they too would be protected, strengthened, emboldened and given divine wisdom and discernment. I ask that You would be their comforter, their provider, their closest friend and everything that they need. Glorify Your name in Saudi Arabia using these brave believers. I also pray especially for those who are isolated from others and rejected by their families. You set the lonely in families, God, so I pray that somehow You would bring other believers into their lives so that they can have community and relationship. I can’t imagine how hard it must be for them to be so alone in such a dangerous place… please have mercy. And finally I pray that You would CONTINUE to draw Saudis to Yourself by any means necessary… through other believers in Saudi Arabia… through TV/radio programming… through supernatural dreams and visions. You are stronger than any other spirit that is ruling over that land and You are able to break through any strongholds! I pray that You would do it in Jesus’ name and bring many Saudis to Yourself. You are able!

  • Julie Cuevas

    Dear Lord, I come to your presence to ask you for my brothers and sisters in faith from Saudi Arabia. Please God comfort and encourage them in their difficult moments, give them strength, let them feel your love for them. Bless the brother that goes by the name of Mike. Guide him so he could share your word with others so they could come to know you, believe that you die for their sin and roe on he third they so all who repents of their sins and accept Jesus as their savior will have ever lasting life. You are a merciful God, in Jesus name I pray. Amen

  • elvis paleman

    Christ said I will never leave you or forsake you….

  • Jan Gibson

    I pray for the moving of the Holy Spirit to sweep over Saudi Arabia changing hearts to the love of God, cretor of all mankind.

  • Kevin Duclairon

    Lord, I pray for the people of Saudi Arabia, whom I believe are the descendants of Abraham of the same blood line of the Israelites through Ishmael. I pray that they would come to know the God of their forefather Abraham in Christ Jesus. Amen.

  • Ernest Zenone

    Lord- in Jesus Name I pray that thy Word may have free course and be glorified throughout Saudi Arabia. May you grant a government that would establish freedom of worship for Christians. May you provide your people with Bibles and Christian literature and protect this literature from being found. I pray for the salvation of the leaders of this country. May many Muslims come to Christ. May they see the love of Christ in your people there, even without a word. King Jesus, turn the hearts of the rulers of Saudi Arabia to obey you and your Law, the Bible! In Jesus’ Name I ask this. Amen.

  • Jay Upadhya

    lord god have mercy on Saudi Arabia bring more new converts and send more missionaries there in jesus name amen

  • Amy

    Lord, I come to You today on behalf of the nation of Saudi Arabia. I join my prayers together with those around the world who are praying for this nation this week – that You would move mightily amongst the people who live there.
    I pray firstly for the youth and young people of Saudi Arabia. I pray that the unemployment and poverty and discontentment there would lead them to seek YOU and not seek an outlet in rebellion or extremism. I ask that You would come to them through whatever means necessary and offer them the Solution to their discontentment. Those who are turning rebellious against the government and who are willing to die for Islm could be among the most powerful Christ-followers in the world… and I know that You are jealous for their souls. I ask for their salvation – for You to grant them the gift of saving faith that is needed for them to come to You, that You would soften their hearts and give them an openness to the gospel, that You would bring believers or media or dreams or some way for them to experience You and hear about who You are. I ask that You would give them no rest in their hearts until they have found You and said yes to Your gift of salvation. Show them things about Islm that would lead to their discontentment and would help them to realize that there is no provision for forgiveness and no assurance of salvation.
    I also pray specifically for the evangelistic pathways that are in use right now in Saudi Arabia- the internet and satellite TV. I pray that You would protect those pathways from those who would want to shut them down, and that You would continue to use them and those who are being used as vessels to publicize through them. I pray that You would give them a larger audience and that even more people than ever before would be able to hear Your good news through these means, and that nothing that the opposition tries to do would be able to destroy them. I also pray that those who are posting/producing/speaking on these pathways would continue to have the physical and spiritual resources to continue to do so. I ask that You would continue to open up new pathways and new opportunities for people to be able to spread Your gospel “virally.”
    I also pray specifically for two two men who were arrested in 2013 and I ask You for their release in Your perfect timing. I also pray for all believers who are imprisoned in Saudi Arabia. I know that You may be using them in prison for a season, but I pray their release and their return to their families as soon as possible. I ask for You to continue to keep them and protect them and provide for them… no matter how they are being treated and what they are being deprived of, you are able to be everything that they lack. Help them, Lord, in Jesus’ name.
    I finally pray for the MBBs in Saudi Arabia. I pray in Jesus’ name that You would protect them from honor killings and from those who would seek to bring them harm. I pray that You would use them mightily to share Your gospel with other Mslms in Saudi Arabia, and that You would give them supernatural wisdom in terms of who to speak to and whose heart You have prepared to receive the good news. I ask that You would provide for them and their families financially if they cannot work. I ask that You would provide ways for them to flee the country if that becomes necessary. I just ask for Your special covering and protection and comfort over each of them today. In Jesus’ name I ask all of these things, amen.

  • Andrew Wheeler

    Father, please break the stranglehold of Islam in Saudi Arabia. Move in the leaders of this country to reverse the trends of persecution and violence against your people. Cause the discontent among the youth to drive them toward you, not toward extremism.

    Reveal yourself through dreams, visions, and media to Saudi Arabs. Reach the hearts of Saudis living in lands where the Gospel is available; reveal to them your love and grace.

    Rescue your children in prison. Give them peace and a sense of your presence. As you used Paul and Silas, please use them to change the hearts of their captors.

    Change the trajectory of this country, Lord, and gain honor and glory through the transformation you bring.

    In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  • Abigail Eustace

    They cannot destroy the churches in Saudi Arabia, because these churches are not built with human hands. They are not built on a foundation that can be shaken. They are built on the chief Cornerstone that is Jesus Christ. The Lord YHWH, the mighty God of angel armies, is building HIS Church in Saudi Arabia, and the gates of hades will not stand against her. The body they may kill, God’s truth abideth still. God, glorify Your Name in Saudi Arabia. Confirm clearly Your great love for the Saudi people. Grow Your church in spite of resistance. Comfort them in Your love. Surround them with fellowship. Surprise them with Your mighty, oustretched hand that works deliverance from the enemy. Remind them that You will bring justice in the end. Enamor them with Your Son! In Jesus’ precious Name, Amen!

  • Jodi Hawkins

    Heavenly Father, I lift up the people of Saudi Arabia. I think of Paul and his persecution of Christianity in his day, his turn from that to his passion and love for the Gospel of Christ to be preached and lived out! I pray that many people will be passionately and irrevocably changed by your Holy Spirit through continued dreams and visions. I pray that more laborers from the US and all over the world would be drawn to these frontier missions. I pray for those imprisoned right now in Saudi Arabia for their faith and witness of Christ. Please Father, comfort them. Give them boldness to witness even to their captors and to show the true love of Christ, even while in chains. I have faith, you keep your word. Come Lord Jesus. Amen.

  • Edith Kurie

    Heavenly Father, these are children who are lost. I pray they will find You and rejoice in Your truth, freedom and love, in Jesus’ name, amen.

  • nataly

    God I pray you bless Saudi Arabia, and that your will be done in this country. I especially lift up in prayer my brothers and sisters there that suffer persecution. I pray you give them strength to continue to preach your gospel and that you may use them to reach the lost. Give them strength to overcome. That your word may reach the lost there and that they may turn their hearts to you. In Jesus name! amen.

  • Blake

    Father, we come to you by the atoning blood of Christ and we thank for His work on our behalf and on the behalf of our brothers and sisters in Saudi Arabia. Strengthen them for the tough times of societal dishonor, threats, and physical persecution, and give them words to say when persecutors question them about their faith, just as you promised you would in Luke 21. Thank You for the work that You are doing in each believer there and please continue to send workers to preach the Gospel and stand strong for Christ no matter the cost, that You may be shown to be the best and only source of joy in the universe. We praise You for the visions that people have seen that have brought people to faith in Christ, and we pray that all of the believers would be unified through their faith and their love for each other. Let others see that You matter more to the Saudi believers than anything else in their lives. We ask You for grace and strength to be given to our brothers in Saudi Arabia so that they may walk in the works that You have prepared for them. We praise You for the work that You will do for Your children and Your kingdom!

  • babs

    Shalom brothers and sisters, we are God’s saints,we are precoius in His eyes,He sees your ordeals,His hand is upon you,do not fear,the Lord is mighty in battle,He’ll go ahead of you and scatter your enemies,the Father knows you and has a good plan for your life and a great reward in Heaven awaits you, let us be strong in the Lord our God xxxxxxxxlots of love in Christ Jesus from Italy

  • Beverly Galbraith

    Hear our prayers, Oh Lord.

  • Dan Moore

    Hail Diablo!

  • Ernest Zenone

    One thing that the media does not get into is that the source of funding for terrorists comes from Saudi Arabia. Correct me if this is not accurate, but this is what I have found in my research. Yet this is not mentioned by the media. My prayer is also that the funding for terrorists would be cut off.

  • Family4Christ

    Praying for Saudi Arabia 10/21/2014

  • Melissa V

    Began praying for Saudi Arabia 11/23/14. Nothing is impossible with God!