15 THINGS EVERY MISSIONARY NEEDS
Specific guidelines to assist in praying for your missionary
you sometimes seem to "get stuck" when praying for missionaries? Are
you frustrated because your prayers seem general or shallow? If so, here
are some specific things you can pray for when you are interceding for
Love for God
missionaries can become service-oriented rather than love-oriented. Pray
that your missionaries' love for the Lord will deepen, and that love
for him will always be their prime motivation for service.
Love for Others
missionaries are human, and just like you, sometimes they have trouble
showing love and respect to those "difficult to love" people-either
their missionary coworkers or nationals. Pray that the Lord will make
your missionaries' love "increase and overflow for each other and for
everyone else" (1 Thessalonians 3:12).
A Deeper Relationship with God
Missionaries' schedules can become so packed that they might skip or
skimp on their time with the Lord. Pray that your missionaries would
example. It's hard to imagine any missionary having a
busier life that he did, yet he consistently sought out time alone to
commune with his Father.
Just like the rest of us, sometimes missionaries have a tendency to do
the Lord's work in their own energy and human ingenuity. Pray that all
of your missionaries' actions will be under the control, and by the
power of, the Holy Spirit.
The Fruit of the Spirit
As you pray that your missionaries will be under the control of the
Holy Spirit, pray that the fruit of the Spirit – the very beauty of
Jesus – will be manifest in their lives.
Wisdom and Knowledge
missionaries often come into conflict when two or more of them have
opposing viewpoints. Pray that missionaries will have the wisdom of God,
which James describes as "first of all pure; then peace-loving,
considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and
sincere" (James 3:17).
missionaries making the same prayer request Paul did in Ephesians 6:19:
"Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me
so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel."
for divine providence, that the Lord will lead your missionaries to
people whose hearts will be open to hearing and receiving the gospel
Pray that your missionaries
will experience the joy of leading others to salvation, and of "teaching
them to obey everything [Christ] commanded"
apostles once made a direct request of Jesus: "Increase our faith!"
Pray that your missionaries will have great faith that will lead them to
ask great things of our Lord.
that your missionaries will follow Paul's advice to the Corinthians:
"Stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give fully to the work of the
Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain" (1
living can magnify even small family conflicts. Pray that members of
missionary families will be drawn together, not torn apart, by living in
a new culture.
Missionaries are prime
targets of the enemy. Join Jesus in praying to the
Father: "My prayer
is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them
from the evil one" (John 17:15).
Missionaries often face harsh living conditions, and may have to
struggle to meet basic physical needs. Pray that the Lord will supply
all their financial and material needs "according to his glorious riches
in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19).
Health and Strength
In today's increasingly violent world, missionaries face not only
sickness, they may also be victims of crime, civil unrest or political
upheaval. Pray that the Lord will grant the measure of health and
strength that will bring his greatest glory and the greatest good for
The next time you sit down to pray for your
missionaries, use this list as a guide to help you pray specifically.
And pray for your missionaries consistently. They need you, and the Lord
needs you to help fulfill his Great Commission. Your prayers count!