How to Pray for our Missionaries

praying for missionaries

One of the most powerful ways you can assist missionaries is to pray. As believers pray, the Holy Spirit comforts and encourages, while providing vision and direction for the journey ahead. Even though most people realize the importance of praying for missionaries, it is easy to fall into the habit of repeating the same requests. We hope these thoughts will point you to the scriptures and provide spiritual insight in lifting up missionaries as they continue on their God-directed journey.

Anointing

Pray God will set missionaries apart through the anointing of the Holy Spirit, empowering them to minister to those held captive by sin. See Acts 10:38.

Boldness

Ask God to give the boldness to honor Christ even in dangerous situations. See Phil. 1:20. 

Compassion

Pray our missionaries will be filled with the same compassion Jesus had for unbelievers and teach about the Savior who can offer grace, peace and direction in a chaotic world. See Mark 6:34. 

Discernment

Ask God to clear our missionaries’ minds of daily cares and worries so they can discern his will for their lives and ministries. See Rom. 12:2.

Endurance

Pray that, when they are tested, our missionaries will endure through trials, having complete faith in Christ. See James 1:3-4. 

Faith

Ask God to strengthen our missionaries’ faith. Pray they will have complete trust in Jesus to accomplish the work he has called them to do. See Phil. 4:13.

Grace

Pray God will continually extend his grace, giving our missionaries the knowledge and power to reach the world for Christ. See Rom. 1:5.

Humility

Jesus exhibited humility throughout his life, telling his disciples he came not to be served but to serve. Pray our missionaries would serve in this same spirit of humility, considering the needs of those they serve as more important than their own egos and material gain. See Phil 2:3.

Insight

Ask God to give our missionaries a clear view into the hearts and lives of the people they minister to, so they will have a greater ability to exhibit God’s love. See Col. 2:2. 

Joy

Pray our missionaries will be filled with awe-inspiring joy that can only come through the power of the Holy Spirit. See Rom. 14:7.

Knowledge

As our missionaries seek great knowledge of God, pray he will reveal himself to them in a personal and intimate way. See Eph. 1:17.

Love

Ask God to remind our missionaries that great faith without great love can do nothing. See 1 Cor. 13:2b. 

Miracles

Pray their ministries will be characterized by miracles both in their lives and the lives of those they serve. See Mark 16:20. 

Needs

Pray God would supply all of our missionaries’ spiritual, physical and financial needs. See Phil. 4:19.

Optimism

Ask God to give our missionaries a spirit of optimism. Although their work will be discouraging at times, pray that the Holy Spirit will fill them with joy and peace. See Rom. 4:19.

Patience

Pray our missionaries will be patient with those they are teaching. Pray they continue to correct and encourage even when it seems like no progress is being made. See 2 Tim. 4:2. 

Quality Time

Pray our missionaries will reserve quality time away from their ministers to spend with family. See 1 Tim. 5:8.

Restoration

Pouring themselves out and into the lives of unbelievers can be stressful. Ask God to restore and strengthen our missionaries through God’s grace. See 1 Peter 5:10.

Sacrifice

Thank God for our missionaries who are willing to sacrifice the material comforts of life to bring people to our Savior. See John 15:13. 

Timing

Pray our missionaries will always rely on God’s timing, trusting him to open the doors for them to walk through. See Eph. 2:10.

Urgency

Pray that our missionaries will have an urgent desire to share Christ. See Rom. 10:1.

Vision

Ask God to put his vision into their hearts, so they can accomplish all he has planned to touch people’s lives and grow the kingdom. See Mark 15:16.

Willingness

Ask God to give our missionaries a spirit of willingness to diligently plan and carry out his vision. See Rom. 12:10.

Excellence

Pray our missionaries will strive for excellence in serving Christ, presenting their lives as an example of light into a dark world. See Phil 1:27.

Yielded

Pray our missionaries will yield themselves completely to the will of God. See Matt. 26:39.

Zeal

Excitement is contagious. Pray our missionaries’ zeal would stir up other Christians to share their faith. See 2 Cor. 9:2. 

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