Praying for Middle Eastern Leaders

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We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy.
— Daniel 9:18

When we view the current state of the world, we understand that the world does not need more man-made agendas, programs, revivals, or church building projects. What the world is in desperate need of are people who will partner with God in prayer. Abraham, Moses, Nehemiah, David, and the Apostles are a few examples of who did just that—they partnered with God and transformed their world.

The Apostle Paul instructs us to pray for all believers and to bear one another’s burden. However, he also tells us to pray for those in authority, whether they are political leaders, monarchs, governors, or prime ministers. This is a biblical command that we can't ignore.

I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority, so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.
— 1 Timothy 2:1-4

With the recent events in the Middle East, it is imperative that we obey. When we pray prayers that are specific to a situation that are filled with faith and lined up with His will, we should have confidence that God will and does hear us. These types of prayers can change hearts, open minds, and shift nations.

Let’s partner with God to intervene in the affairs of the Middle East and the lives of those who are in leadership. Our prayers can penetrate the unseen realm and dismantle old rigid mindsets. In God’s power and authority, we can take a stand and declare doors to open that have been shut for centuries, pulling down walls of darkness and oppression. It is our prayers that will release God’s will in and on the earth. We can petition Him to open leaders’ hearts and minds to the truth and that they are receptive to it.

We may not see the fruit of our prayers right away or ever, but rest in the knowledge that God is faithful to His promises—the prayers of the righteous will accomplish much. So, how can we pray for Middle Eastern leaders?

The following are some suggestions on where we can begin:

1)  Pray that the leaders will govern their nation with humility, righteousness, and justice.

2)  Pray that the Holy Spirit will bring conviction of sin and a willingness to seek God’s forgiveness.

3)  Pray for their salvation as well as for their families.

4)  Pray that wicked rulers will be cut off and rooted out.

5)  Pray that the plans and purposes of God will prevail and peace will come to the region.

He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.
— 1 Thessalonians 5:24

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