Recent news of the assassination of the former president of Yemen (#9 on the World Watch List), Ali Abdullah Saleh, could further worsen the situation for the already impoverished Arabian country.
Saleh’s death–at the hands of the same rebels he allied himself with but then publicly denounced only a few days before his death–could lengthen and intensify the already brutal conflict between Saudi Arabia and the Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen, according to a Dec. 4, 2017 article in The New York Times.
The revenge killing could also exacerbate an already dire situation in Yemen–what the U.N. calls the “world’s worst humanitarian crisis” where more than 7 million people are on the brink of famine and 1 million are suspected to be infected with cholera.
“His being killed like this is going to deepen the conflict,” a Yemen analyst with the International Crisis Group told The New York Times. “I think the war could become more fierce. This just adds more layers of revenge. Like him or hate him, Saleh’s death in this way is more than likely going to bring more pain for Yemen.“
What Can We Do?
Through one of our partners on the ground, Yemeni Muslim Background Believers recently shared some of their prayers with us–risking fines and imprisonment in the Muslim-majority nation.
It is a rare honor to read someone’s prayers–the words and thoughts they bring to their Savior. Listening to the prayers below is an even deeper and rare privilege as we hear the hearts, fears and innermost desires of our persecuted church family members living in a country plagued on all sides. As one believer shares, “Lord, help us as we’re tired of this senseless war, the blood and the anxiety the people live under. Instead, we pray for the Kingdom of God to be established in Yemen.”
Take this opportunity to pray together with your persecuted family in Yemen.
Thank You for your presence in our lives and for Your wonderful work in our country, Yemen. Thank You for the many hearts shining with Your light. We thank You for those seeking Your face, as their souls are thirsty for Your living water and hungry for Your Word of truth and knowledge.
We thank You, O Lord, for You have come and saved souls from death and destruction and have given them life in Jesus Christ. We thank You because You are a good and faithful God who, regardless of our challenges, helps us to keep our faith.
You remain faithful, and You never change. We are grateful because You have answered our prayers and have brought to Yourself new believers in Christ.
Give us a good mind and good thoughts. Protect us from any thoughts that might lead us away from You, God. Within our circumstances of war, violence, and loss, help us to meditate on Your Word, Lord, day and night. And give us songs of deliverance in our hearts.
We thank You for your unending love. You loved us while we were still sinners and undeserving. Your blood has paid the price for us.
Father in Heaven,
We pray for the war in Yemen to end and for the country to become a country where your light shines. May You fill the hearts of people with love instead of hatred and dispersion and heal broken hearts. We pray for those who have lost loved ones. Lord, heal their hearts. We pray for those who are sick everywhere in Yemen.
Lord, help us as we’re tired of this senseless war, the blood and the anxiety the people live under. Instead, we pray for the Kingdom of God to be established in Yemen. We pray for every heart to be healed and filled with your Holy Spirit.
Lord, Creator of Heaven and earth,
Protect Your Church in Yemen. Protect us from every plan of the enemy–against our families, marriages, and children. Place a shield of protection around each believer and each household. Remove every obstacle that stands against Your plan for our lives.
We pray for You to give us strategies to reach out to others and bring them to You. May every believer be fulfilled according to Your will for their lives. May a new generation of believers speak boldly and fearlessly the Word of Truth. We pray for much fruit to be seen in this generation.
We pray for all believers to fear and love God more than men and any other alternative in the world. We pray against fear and anxiety and ask that, instead, You would give us a Spirit of power and love and would rule in every Yemeni believer’s heart.
In the name of Christ Jesus,