30 Days of Prayer: Prayer for Muslims of the East Arabian Peninsula

Long ago, wise men in Eastern Arabia noticed a beautiful star burning brightly in the night sky and set out on an adventure to see where it would lead them. At the end of their journey, they found Jesus and presented him with costly gifts—one of which was frankincense.

Frankincense trees still bloom today, particularly in the southern region of the Arabian Peninsula. At the center of this region is a city that is home to six unreached people groups—each with their own specific language or dialect, with unique customs and traditions, divided into tribes and families. As different as each group is, they hold certain things in common—their unifying faith in Islam, their abiding love of camels and the daily use of frankincense.

Every day after evening prayers, the city is permeated by the sweet smell of frankincense as families heat it in burners and carry it throughout their homes. They do it to mask the smells of a hot day, to “disinfect” the house from bacteria, and to scare away any demons that may have crept into their houses from the night before. They offer this local treasure day after day as recognition of a felt need for cleansing, healing, and deliverance.

Wise men from Arabia once offered Jesus similar treasures when they traveled to meet Him in Bethlehem. Today, He is offering the lasting healing, cleansing, and deliverance they seek.


  • Pray that just as frankincense found its way to Jesus, that the message of Jesus would find its way into the hearts and lives of those living in the land where frankincense grows.
  • Pray that the aroma of Christ would emanate from the lives of expatriate believers living in this region.
  • Pray for wise men and women in the Arabian Peninsula—that in their wisdom, they would seek the way of Jesus.
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