August 7, 2013

This was composed looking at a stained glass window of Jesus before Pontius Pilate.

Christ Jesus,
Oh, the magnitude of meekness! Bruised and scourged, You suffered for our transgressions, indeed for the transgressions of Yemen. The cross, the cords, the nails, the spear, the myrrh, the gall, the vinegar were endured for this land. You who knew no sin were made to be sin for us all and for the people of Yemen. May Yemen be made the righteousness of God in You. Amen.
2 Corinthians 5:11

A video of Yemeni praise music is here.


August 6, 2013

You rule in heaven and laugh at the futile plans of Your enemies. You scoff at them because everything serves Your plans. You even redeemed the world through the crucifixion of Your Son.
We give to You the disrupted governance of Yemen. Take it, Father, and work it for the good of those who love You, who have been called according to Your purpose. Use anything that might have been intended for harm for the saving of many souls.
We lean on You, Lord, and not on our own understanding. Amen.
Genesis 50:20, Romans 8:28, Acts 2:22-23, Psalm 2:4

Jehovah Sabaoth, O Lord of hosts,
The Christians in Yemen testify that You are their Maker. You are their Husband. O Holy One of Israel, You are their Redeemer. You are God of the whole earth.
They have been forsaken and grieved in spirit. Call them, Lord. Take away their fear. They shall not be ashamed. Neither will they be confounded or depressed. In You they live and move and have their being. Amen.
Isaiah 54:4-6, Acts 17:28

O God in heaven,
Look at all the government leaders in Yemen that deny You and defy the Messiah. They try to shut Jesus out of Yemen, and they devise mean plots against the Christians.
You laugh at them in derision.
Your sons and daughters in Yemen are Your heirs, and joint-heirs with Christ Jesus. You bless their obedience.
We ask You, Lord, for their inheritance. We ask You to bless those who hearken to Your voice–overtake them with blessings. Bless their land. Bless the spiritual realm over the land. Bless the soil and the water. Bless their families. Bless their businesses. Bless them with long life, we pray. Amen.
Psalm 2 MSG, Romans 8:15-17, Deuteronomy 28:1-2

Our Father in heaven,
The words of the Christian scripture read in Yemen are living and active. You shall send forth Your word, and it shall accomplish Your purpose. Jesus Christ, the Word Incarnate, is the same yesterday, today, and forever. We stand in agreement with all the words of Christian scripture spoken in Yemen through the ages. Yes! Yes! Yes!


August 5, 2013

Sing to the Lord a new song,
his praise from the ends of the earth,
you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it,
you islands of the Yemen, and all who live in them.
Let the wilderness and its towns raise their voices;
let the settlements rejoice.
Let the people of Jesus sing for joy;
let them shout from the mountaintops.
Let them give glory to the Lord
and proclaim his praise in the islands.
The Lord will march out like a champion,
like a warrior he will stir up his zeal;
with a shout he will raise the battle cry
and will triumph over his enemies.
His name is above every name on the Socotra Archipelago, Abd al Kuri, Jabal al-Tair Island, Kamaran, Saso Island, Zubair Group, and Zuqar Island. At His name, every knee shall bow in heaven, on earth, and under the earth.
Sing to the Lord a new song.

Adapted from Isaiah 42:10-13


August 5, 2013

From USA Today: Mountains in Yemen number 179, making the country one of the most mountainous regions on the Arabian Peninsula in a relatively confined area of 214,000 square miles. Peaks range from as low as about 1,640 feet to as high as more than 10,000 feet. Many peaks are home to villages carved out in rock.

Sing, O heavens, and joy, O earth! Sarawat Mountains, Western Highlands, Central Highlands, Haraz Mountains, Jebel Al-Lawz, Jabal Al-Qullah, Jabal Shakhab Ammar, Jabal ’Ayban, Jabal Rihab, Jabal Kanwab, Jabal an-Nabi Shu’ayb –break forth into song! Encompass Yemen with praise for the Lord has comforted His people and will have compassion upon His afflicted. Rejoice! We say, Rejoice!
Isaiah 49:13


August 4, 2013

This 12-minute video documents the perilous use of children to smuggle qat and food across the border between Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

The angels look upon Your glory. In adoration we bow down before You and say, Holy is the Lord God of hosts. Holy is His name. Holy, holy, holy is the Lord.
Commission Your holy angels and let Your glory come near to the suffering children in Yemen. Amen.
Matthew 18:10

Our Father in heaven,
Oh, for the children of Yemen! Smeared and shrugged at, hungry and desolate, the pawns of political violence. Do not let the little ones be abandoned. Keep them safe, we implore You. Amen.

Christ Jesus,
You said, “Let the children come to me.” We lift up the prayers of the children of Yemen as an invitation. Go to those children, place Your hands on their heads, and bless them. They give You their trust; grant them Your blessings in good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over. Let none be lost. Amen.
Matthew 19:14, Luke 6:38

Father in heaven, You cannot forget Your children in Yemen. Their names are written on the palms of Your hands. Your strong arm is not foreshortened.
Isaiah 49:16

Cheating in Yemen

August 4, 2013

Cheating is rampant in Yemen exam centers.

Proverbs 23:12,26 (ESV)
Apply your heart to instruction
and your ear to words of knowledge.
My son, give me your heart,
and let your eyes observe my ways.

Father, we pray that the students in Yemen would give You their hearts, delight in Your ways, and do their best to present themselves to You as approved, workers who have no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. Amen.
2 Timothy 2:15

Yemen–Al Qaeda

August 3, 2013

From a 2012 New York Times article:

The government is deeply unpopular in the remote provinces where Al Qaeda militants have sought sanctuary. The tribes there tend to regularly switch sides, making it difficult to depend on them for information about Al Qaeda. “My state is anyone who fills my pocket with money,” goes one old tribal motto.

Psalm 83:13 (NIV)
Make them like tumbleweed, my God, like chaff before the wind.

Pursue the Al Qaeda militants with your tempest and terrify them with your storm. Make them like tumbleweed, my God, like chaff before the wind. Amen.

Yemen–righteousness and justice

August 2, 2013

Our Father in heaven,
The people of Yemen deal with so many injustices, and they try to solve these problems with violence. Teach them Your ways. Turn their eyes to solving problems for their families by walking in You, walking in the light of the Lord. Guard them from worshipping their tribal identity and the work of their hands. Help them to beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Grant the men of this nation the wisdom to walk in humility.
We pray that Your name will be exalted over Yemen. May her leaders come to know Christ and rule their land in righteousness and justice.
We pray that aid opportunities for Christian workers will open up. May there be new means and methods for the nation to meet the economic needs of its people. Teach them how to farm. Reveal to them new crops for the nourishment of their children. We bless the land and their agricultural production. Amen.

Micah 4, Isaiah 2


August 1, 2013

Judges 3:7-11
7. And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and forgat the Lord their God, and served Baalim and the groves.

8. Therefore the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel, and he sold them into the hand of Chushanrishathaim king of Mesopotamia: and the children of Israel served Chushanrishathaim eight years.

9. And when the children of Israel cried unto the Lord, the Lord raised up a deliverer to the children of Israel, who delivered them, even Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother.

10. And the Spirit of the Lord came upon him, and he judged Israel, and went out to war: and the Lord delivered Chushanrishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand; and his hand prevailed against Chushanrishathaim.

11. And the land had rest forty years. And Othniel the son of Kenaz died.

Chushan-rishathaim meaning: Cush of double wickedness, or governor of two presidencies
Othniel meaning: the might of God.

Father God Almighty,
We were once dead in our trespasses and sins, walking in disobedience, carrying out the desires of the body and mind. But You in Your great mercy and love made us alive together with Christ. We thank You for Your gift of grace. By Your grace we are seated with Jesus in heavenly places.
We desire for the people of Yemen to enter into a blood covenant with Jesus Christ. Their culture is marked by violence and corruption. The economy is impoverished. They are oppressed by double wickedness. Lord God, free them from the curses and the enemy’s control. We yearn for them to step into their God-given birthrights.
You are the righteous judge of the universe. Help them to understand that their legitimacy comes from being Your beloved child. Help them to renounce the lie that their legitimacy comes from human effort, from solving problems. Oh, that they would claim the Blood of the Lamb over those times that they have attempted to solve problems that were not theirs or failed to solve problems that were. Their family lines are being devoured by wrong choices.
Pour Your contempt on the belt of lies that has disabled this people. Help them to renounce the lies and receive the cleansing that You have promised in Your word, the cleansing that comes at the foot of the cross. The Blood of the Lamb is sufficient to break the power of these curses. Oh, that these curses could be rendered null and void!
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy upon Yemen.
In heaven, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fall down before the Lamb. Each one has a harp and they are holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. Are there not songs of praise to be sung over Yemen? Is there not a golden bowl of prayers for Yemen? Would that the songs and prayers could be poured out at Your appointed time. Oh, for a fortress of righteousness in Yemen rather than a stronghold of darkness! Amen.


July 31, 2013

Our Father in heaven,

The Canaanite Rahab said,

I know that the Lord has given you this land and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you. We have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan, whom you completely destroyed. When we heard of it, our hearts melted in fear and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.

The Moabite Ruth said,

Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.

By her acknowledgement of Your greatness, You brought redemption to Rahab’s bloodline, for her life was spared, she married Salmon, and gave birth to Boaz.
Through her devotion to You, Boaz redeemed Ruth’s late husband’s bloodline, and redemption came to her ancestor Lot’s bloodline. Ruth gave birth to Obed, the father of Jesse, the father of David.
Father, we cry out for the people of Yemen. May they recognize that You are God in heaven above and on earth below. Stir their hearts to acknowledge You and cleave to You. Your Son Jesus paid the purchase price for the land and for their bloodline with His Blood.
Lord Jesus, You are their Redeemer. Just as Boaz bought all that was Elimilech’s and Chilion’s and Mahlon’s from Naomi, just as he purchased Ruth the Moabitess to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance, redeem the land and the bloodline of Yemen, we pray. Make her Your bride. Amen.

Previously posted December 2012


July 30, 2013

Socotra is a Yemeni island at the entrance to the Gulf of Aden, one of the most active and strategic shipping lanes in the world. The ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans all tapped the treasures of Socotra’s natural world: aromatic resins such as frankincense, medicinal aloe extract, and the dark red sap of the dragon’s blood tree, used for healing and as an artist’s color. Afterward, the island served mostly as a way station for traders.
Today the island is an important center of biodiversity. The island is very isolated, and monsoon winds make it impossible to reach for half the year. Through the process of speciation, a third of its plant life is found nowhere else on the planet. It has been described as the most alien-looking place on Earth.
Tradition holds that the inhabitants were converted to Christianity by Thomas the Apostle in AD 52. On his way to India Thomas was shipwrecked on the isle of Socotra, and he used the wreckage of the ship to build a church. According to the ancient account of the missionary endeavors of Saint Thomas entitled The Acts of Thomas he did visit a mysterious island while in route to India and preformed miraculous feats there. In the 10th century, an Arab geographer stated that in his time most of the inhabitants were Christians. The islands passed under the control of the Mahra sultans in 1511 by Islamic jihad.

Psalm 24
Of David. A psalm.

1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it;
2 for he founded it on the seas
and established it on the waters.

3 Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord?
Who may stand in his holy place?
4 The one who has clean hands and a pure heart,

who does not trust in an idol
or swear by a false god.
5 They will receive blessing from the Lord
and vindication from God their Savior.
6 Such is the generation of those who seek him,
who seek your face, God of Jacob.

7 Lift up your heads, you gates;
be lifted up, you ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
8 Who is this King of glory?
The Lord strong and mighty,
the Lord mighty in battle.
9 Lift up your heads, you gates;
lift them up, you ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
10 Who is he, this King of glory?
The Lord Almighty—
he is the King of glory.

Our Father in heaven,
Surely there were heavenly portals with angels ascending and descending when Thomas performed miracles on Socotra. We humbly request that these heavenly portals be opened for the King of glory to come in.
Does not the martyrs’ blood cry out to You from the ground?  We invite the King of glory to go to Socotra, and we claim the promise that Socotra will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.
Oh, for the wreckage of the centuries to be built into a church! Amen.

Genesis 4:10

PrayWay prayer profile

Yemen-ethnic people groups

July 29, 2013

From Joshua Project–list of people groups in Yemen
From Joshua Project–description of Yemeni Arab
From Joshua Project–profile of northern Yemeni
From PrayWay–profiles of multiple people groups

Matthew 28:18-20 (MSG)
Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.”

Our Heavenly Father,
Did not Ruth come to Boaz at the threshing floor where he separated the chaff from the wheat? Did he not spread his garment over her and take her under his protection because she was a virtuous woman?
Christ Jesus is the kinsman redeemer of the Christians in Yemen. We cry out for Him to spread His garment over them and take them under His protection.
We plead that His garment will stem the flow of blood and heal this land, just as it healed the woman with the issue of blood. We pray that disciples will make disciples who will make disciples across the breadth of Yemen, and we claim the promise that Jesus will be with them to the end of the age. Amen.
Ruth 3:6-14

Yemenite Jews

July 28, 2013

From Wikipedia: Yemenite Jews are those Jews who live, or whose recent ancestors lived, in Yemen. In 1948, the Israeli Proclamation of Independence flung wide the gates to the immigration of Jews from all countries of their dispersion. In Yemen lived the oldest Jewish community in the world. The overwhelming majority of Yemen’s Jewish population was transported to Israel. Most Yemenite Jews now live in Israel, with some others in the United States, and fewer elsewhere. Only a handful remain in Yemen, mostly elderly.
Yemenite Jews maintain the tradition of reading the Torah in the synagogue in both Hebrew and the Aramaic Targum (“translation”). Each verse of the Torah read in Hebrew is followed by the Aramaic translation, usually chanted by a child. Every Yemenite Jew knew how to read from the Torah Scroll with the correct pronunciation and tune, exactly right in every detail. Each man who was called up to the Torah read his section by himself. All this was possible because children right from the start learned to read without any vowels. The results of their education are outstanding, for example if someone is speaking with his neighbor and needs to quote a verse from the Bible, he speaks it out by heart, without pause or effort, with its melody.
Like most other Jewish communities, Yemenite Jews chant different melodies for Torah, Prophets (Haftara), Megillat Aicha (Book of Lamentations), Kohelet (Ecclesiastes, read during Sukkot), and Megillat Esther (the Scroll of Esther read on Purim). Unlike in Ashkenazic communities, there are melodies for Mishle (Proverbs) and Psalms.

Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Father in heaven,
Your words, read and sung aloud by the Jews in Yemen for millenia, are living and active.

For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven
and do not return there but water the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

We stand in agreement with Your words over this land. Moreover, since Your words were sung twice, once in Hebrew (the language of Moses) and once in Aramaic (the language of Jesus), we ask for a double portion of Your purpose in Yemen. Your kingdom come, Your will be done in Yemen as it is in heaven. Amen.


July 27, 2013

From Al Arabiya News: Although slavery has been officially banned in Yemen, the laws are not universally enforced. A 2009 report by the human rights ministry found that males and females were still enslaved in the provinces of Hudaydah and Hajja, in northwest Yemen. The authorities do not want to get into a conflict with the powerful tribes, who form the backbone of Yemeni society.

From Yemen Times: In Haja, the Wethaq Foundation recorded a total of 190 slavery cases for 2012.

James 5:1,4 (New Living Translation)
Look here, you rich people: Weep and groan with anguish because of all the terrible troubles ahead of you. . . . For listen! Hear the cries of the field workers whom you have cheated of their pay. The wages you held back cry out against you. The cries of those who harvest your fields have reached the ears of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

Lord Jesus,
You are the door to freedom for the enslaved around the world. May they open their hearts to You and find themselves in the spaciousness of Your presence, away from the strife of tongues and the hand of the enemy.
O Lamb of God, You have laid down Your life for the poor and oppressed.
O Door of Hope, open a portal in the heavens over them.
O Strong Deliverer, ride forth and rescue Your children from enemies that steal, kill, and destroy.
O Good Shepherd, come that they may have life and have it more abundantly.
Come, Lord Jesus. Come! Amen.
Psalm 31, John 10

Yemen-the Empty Quarter

July 26, 2013

The Empty Quarter is the largest sand desert in the world, encompassing most of the southern third of the Arabian Peninsula, including most of Saudi Arabia and areas of Oman, the United Arab Emirates, and northern Yemen. The region is classified as “hyper-arid”, with typical annual rainfall of less than 1.2 inch. Daily maximum temperatures average at 117 °F and can reach as high 133 °F. In 2006, a scientific excursion explored the Empty Quarter. They discovered 31 new plant species and plant varieties, as well as 24 species of birds that inhabit the region. This fascinated scientists as to how they have survived under the harsh conditions of the Empty Quarter.

Psalm 107:33-42 (AMP)
33 He turns rivers into a wilderness, water springs into a thirsty ground,

34 A fruitful land into a barren, salt waste, because of the wickedness of those who dwell in it.

35 He turns a wilderness into a pool of water and a dry ground into water springs;

36 And there He makes the hungry to dwell, that they may prepare a city for habitation,

37 And sow fields, and plant vineyards which yield fruits of increase.

38 He blesses them also, so that they are multiplied greatly, and allows not their cattle to decrease.

39 When they are diminished and bowed down through oppression, trouble, and sorrow,

40 He pours contempt upon princes and causes them to wander in waste places where there is no road.

41 Yet He raises the poor and needy from affliction and makes their families like a flock.

42 The upright shall see it and be glad, but all iniquity shall shut its mouth.

O give thanks to the Lord for He is good. His steadfast love endures forever. His steadfast loves endures in the Empty Quarter of Yemen.
Father, we see through a glass darkly and do not fully comprehend what spiritual realities led to the desertification of the Empty Quarter. We cry out for the mantle of wickedness over the Empty Quarter in Yemen to be cast off. Like the sparrow in her wandering, like the swallow in her flying, so the causeless curse does not alight. Pour out a spirit of confession and repentance upon this people so that the curse upon this region will be without cause.

O give thanks to the Lord for He is good. His steadfast love endures forever. His steadfast loves endures in the Empty Quarter of Yemen.
Yet even in this vast desert, life survives. You Lord God made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is therein. You made the Empty Quarter. We declare a multiplication of life in the Empty Quarter in Yemen–a multiplication of spiritual life and natural life.

O give thanks to the Lord for He is good. His steadfast love endures forever. His steadfast loves endures in the Empty Quarter of Yemen.
Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. You, Lord, keep the truth forever. You, Lord, execute judgment for the oppressed, give food to the hungry, loose the prisoners, open the eyes of the blind, and raise them that are bowed down. You love the righteous. You preserve strangers and give relief to widows and orphans. The way of the wicked You turn upside down.

O give thanks to the Lord for He is good. His steadfast love endures forever. His steadfast loves endures in the Empty Quarter of Yemen.
You shall reign forever in the Empty Quarter of Yemen. We give the Empty Quarter in Yemen a new name–The Full Quarter.
Pour contempt upon the demonic princes that control this desert. Make them wander in trackless wastes.
As the righteous walk through the Empty Quarter in Yemen, may their feet tread upon the lion and the adder, the young lion and the dragon, the arachnids and rodents.
Turn the wilderness into a pool of water and dry ground into water springs. Raise up the poor and needy from affliction and make their families like a flock. Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman wakes but in vain. May they build houses and keep cities through You, Lord God. Amen.
Proverbs 26:2, Psalm 146, 127:1, 91:13

Previously posted December 2012

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