Pray for: Spain

Flag for Spain

Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Europe
Capital: Madrid
Population: 46,745,211
% Urban: 81.1 %
Population Under 15 Yrs: 14.6 %
Official Language: Catalán, Galician and Basque are official languages in the respective autonomous regions. Castilian (Spanish) is the only official language for all the Spanish territory. Spanish is the first language of over 340 million people; the world’s third most widely used language
Languages: 21
Literacy Rate: 98 %
HDI Ranking: 25 / 189
% Christian: 77.1 %
% Evangelical: 1 %
Largest Religion: Christian
% Largest Religion: 77.1 %
People Groups: 106
Least Reached People Groups: 16
% Unevangelized: 2 %

Spain

Title: Spain

Tier: 1

Type: country

Spain has had an amazing transformation since 1978. It abandoned a dictatorship for democratic rule, moved from poverty towards wealth, integrated into Europe, and increased religious freedom. But economic progress also brought greed for possessions and self-indulgent lifestyles. Sexual immorality, prostitution, and abortion now are common, and Spain has one of the lowest birth rates in the world. These problems combine with depression, debt, substance abuse, and a general erosion of moral foundations to plant the seeds of future problems for society. Pray for Spain to wake up to the lies that have blinded it to the truth of the gospel.

Spain

Title: Spain

Tier: 1

Type: country

Spain was considered one of the most Catholic countries, but today less than 17% of Spanish people attend mass. The Catholic feasts or rituals no longer have spiritual meaning for most young people. In the 16th century (during the Inquisition), leaders tortured or killed thousands suspected of heresy, and forced hundreds of thousands of Jews, Muslims, and Protestants to either convert or leave. Pray for full repentance, and that the shame on Christianity may be lifted. Pray for renewal that breathes new life into the Catholic Church.

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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.