Pray for: Palestine

Flag for Palestine

Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Asia
Capital: Jerusalem (claimed); Ramallah (administrative)
Population: 5,222,756
% Urban: 77 %
Population Under 15 Yrs: 38.6 %
Official Language: Arabic
Languages: 6
Literacy Rate: 97 %
HDI Ranking: 115 / 189
% Christian: 1.6 %
% Evangelical: 0.1 %
Largest Religion: Muslim
% Largest Religion: 87.7 %
People Groups: 20
Least Reached People Groups: 8
% Unevangelized: 50 %


Title: Palestine

Tier: 1

Type: country

Pray for God’s purposes to be fulfilled in these areas:

  • A just settlement of the land issue, and the future of both the Jewish settlements in Palestine and the Palestinians in Israel itself. Both sides feel strong claims to the land. Both Israelis and Palestinians claim Jerusalem as their exclusive capital.
  • Improved living conditions. Estimates suggest that 70% of Gaza live in deep poverty, and 80% depend on external aid. Only 28% of Gaza have regular access to clean water. Debate over the causes and the fault does not change the fact that there is much suffering.
  • A legitimate and effective leadership to govern Palestine. Political groups Fatah and the PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization) both have low approval ratings, but somehow retain power and influence. Together with the sometimes heavy-handed treatment by Israel, this leaves many open to recruitment by radical and violent Islamic groups. Pray for every Palestinian family to hear and see the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • Pray not only for the peace of Jerusalem, but also that both sides meet the Prince of Peace. It is through Him alone that any meaningful reconciliation will come.

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Content taken or adapted from Operation World, 7th Edition (2010) and Pray for the World (2015). Both books are published by InterVarsity Press. All rights reserved.