Ramadan Prayer: Algeria

Summary

Algeria is a relatively large nation, bordering Libya, Morocco, Niger, Mali, and other Muslim majority countries in North Africa. They finally gained independence from France in 1962 and has been reeling from political turmoil in many ways. Protests broke out against President Bouteflika in February 2019, and he resigned on April 9. They are currently led by an interim head of state and are awaiting new elections to be organized.

According to Joshuaproject.net, over 99 percent of the population (42.5 million) is made up of unreached people groups. Most of these are Islamic people groups, but evangelical Christianity is growing at a rate of 8.1 percent (much higher than the global average).

Capital: Algiers

Population: 41,657,488 (July 2018 est.)

Language: Arabic (official), French (lingua franca), Berber or Tamazight (official); dialects include Kabyle Berber (Taqbaylit), Shawiya Berber (Tacawit), Mzab Berber, Tuareg Berber (Tamahaq)

Main religions: Muslim (official; predominantly Sunni) 99%, other (includes Christian and Jewish) <1% (2012 est.)

Prayer points

“All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to Himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” (2 Corinthians 5:18-20)

Muslims – Pray for the peoples of Algeria to have soft hearts that are repentant and ready to receive the Gospel. People groups such as Arabs, Bedouins, Berbers, and Tuaregs have seen war and terrorism tear their region apart. They have no problem seeing the brokenness of the world, but most have not heard or understood the message of Jesus and the Gospel. Pray the Lord will open their eyes to their own personal brokenness and sin during Ramadan, and connect them to those who can share the light of Christ with them.

Christians – Pray for Algerian Christians who have long been persecuted by the Muslim majority. Political unrest is standard for their nation, so pray they will find their hope and rest in Christ alone. And, pray their Muslims friends and family will notice the unique love and peace they possess through Jesus.

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Resources:

Algeria – Joshua Project

“Maybe it is Impossible to Plant a Church in a Muslim Country” – IMB

Photos: Ramadan 2018 Around the World – IMB

*Facts included were retrieved from the CIA World Factbook.

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