The region known as the Middle East stretches from Egypt to Iran, includes all of the Arabian Peninsula, and extends north to Turkey. Different countries and empires have controlled this land over the past 3,500 years including the Babylonians, Safavids, Sassanids, Seleucids, Persians, Macedonians, and the Ottoman Empire. After World War I, the Ottoman Empire was reduced to what we now know as modern-day Turkey. During World War I, the United Kingdom and France (with the consent of Russia) entered into the Stykes-Picot Agreement which gave them control and autonomy over the unstable Ottoman Empire.
The Agreement led to the modern-day geopolitical political boundaries that we now know as Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Jordan, Syria, and Palestine/Israel. President Dwight D Eisenhower helped bring the Jews back to their homeland of Israel in 1948. After the 6-day war in 1967, Israel’s borders were extended. There was another war between Lebanon and Israel in 2006.
The Arab Spring wich started in Tunisia in 2010 as protests and revolts against the governments has spread across North Africa and the Middle East. Since then, there have been many movements of Muslims coming to repentance throughout North Africa and the Middle East. As muslims have became indifferent with Islam and their governments, they have sought faith in Jesus Christ.
Praise God for whole families, individuals, and groups of people in the Middle East that have put faith in Jesus Christ in recent years. Praise God for the growth of the church in recent years. Pray that bibles would be distributed throughout the Middle East. Pray for the spread of the gospel in this region. Pray that in times of Persecution, that God would help Christians grow in their faith.
The areas to watch are : Israel/Palestine, Iran/ Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Syria and the newest one is ISIS.
President Benjamin Netanyahu is currently seeking peace with Arab neighbors. Pray that peace is successful.
Months after 2 cyclones make landfall in Yemen, the civil war, and now locusts destroying crops causing millions to be in famine, there is much prayer needs for this country.
Continue to pray for the war and poverty-stricken country of Yemen. Praise God for the few believers in Yemen. Pray for stability and Peace in Yemen.