Kuwait Prayer Video [1:39]
Wealth and War
The whole world heard about Kuwait after the Iraqi invasion of the country in 1990. Kuwait’s oil wealth has attracted people from many parts of the globe and now half of its 2.5 million people are non-nationals! About 85% of the population is Muslim (Sunni 70%, Shi’a 30%); the other 15% are Christian, Hindu and Parsi (Zorastrianism). The earliest inhabitants of Kuwait were originally from the Al Aniza Bedouin tribes who migrated from central Arabia to escape drought in the early 1700s. Attacks from the Wahhabi tribes in the interior caused them to seek protection from Great Britain. Kuwait eventually became a British protectorate in 1897 and gained its independence again in 1961.
Kuwait is a very small nation compared to the other surrounded countries; Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Iran.
2011 was known as the 50/20 celebration: 50 years of independence and 20 years of liberation. The 30-year-old Kuwait Towers is probably the best known landmark on the Arabian Peninsula (aside from Dubai). Designed by Scandinavians, and comprising two large spheres and a spike, the iconic towers are the top tourist attraction in Kuwait City, the capital of Kuwait. Kuwait City is situated on Kuwait Bay. It is used for fishing and traveling to Kuwait’s islands.
Kuwait is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system of government, with Kuwait City serving as the country’s political and economic capital. The country has the world’s fifth largest oil reserves and petroleum products now account for nearly 95% of export revenues, and 80% of government income. Kuwait is the eleventh richest country in the world per capita. If you check out the stamps and the currencies of Kuwait you will always find a picture of a falcon on it. Falcons are found everywhere in Kuwait.
Today, for every Christian worker in the Middle East there are at least 500,000 lost looking to Islam to save them
How to Pray for Kuwait
Kuwaiti Christians, numbering around 400,000 or so, received a clear call to pray for their nation. They believe Kuwait is destined to be a lighthouse to the nations around them. We have several posts on our Blog with different types of prayer requests and it is probably best to have a look around the Blog and better understand the needs of this lovely country.
(We also have quite a few prayer points on the Destiny of Kuwait page …>>)
Here are some other specific points:
Pray for Kuwait:
- thank God for the vision to transform Kuwait!
- pray for cooperation between Church leaders as they seek to bring Kuwait to Christ
- pray for the growing number of Kuwati Arab believers
- pray for more churches to be built in Kuwait
- pray fr young people in Kuwait to come to know Jesus, not turn to secularism
- pray for the leaders of Kuwait to come to Christ
- pray for Kuwaiti women to come to Jesus
- pray for visions, dreams, and revelations of Jesus for Muslim Kuwaits
- pray for non-Christians to see the love of Christ in believers in Kuwait
9 of the 10 least-reached mega peoples are Muslim
By the Numbers
Population: 2,595,628 (includes 1,291,354 non-nationals) (July 2011 est.), world rank: 139
Life Expectancy at Birth: 77.09 years, world rank: 66
Ethnic Groups: Kuwaiti 45%, other Arab 35%, South Asian 9%, Iranian 4%, other 7%
Religions: Muslim 85% (Sunni 70%, Shi’a 30%), other (includes Christian, Hindu, Parsi) 15%
Languages: Arabic (official), English widely spoken
Literacy: 93.3% – male:94.4%, female:91%
School Life Expectancy: 12 years
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