May 30, 2017

How To Pray for Missionaries

Pray for Open Doors (Colossains 4:2-3)

Pray that God will open doors of ministry, blessing partnerships and friendships.
Pray that those who serve will be led by the Holy Spirit and recognize open-door opportunities.
Pray that God will lead His people past barriers to hearts ready to receive his Word.

Pray for Boldness in Witness (Ephesians 6:19)

Pray that missionaries will have boldness to overcome the fear of embarrassment or failure.
Pray that the Spirit will provide them with words that communicate effectively in other cultures and languages.
Pray against evil forces that would seek to hinder the spread of the gospel.

Pray that God’s Word Will Spread (2 Thessalonians 3:1)

Pray for strength and stamina as missionaries encounter antagonistic spiritual forces (Ephesians 6:10–18).
Pray that people will resist Satan’s plans to obstruct the spread of the gospel (James 4:7).
Pray that God’s Word will indeed spread rapidly and be honored wherever it goes.

Pray for Protection (2 Thessalonians 3:2)

Pray that God will keep Christian workers safe from those who seek to hurt them.
Pray that God will change the hearts of those who are resistant to his Word.

 Pray for Their Ministry (2 Thessalonians 3:1)

Pray that the missionary’s ministry and attitude will be worthy of acceptance.
Pray that colleagues and fellow believers will be supportive.

Pray for God’s Guidance (Colossians 1:9)

Pray for clear guidance from God regarding travel decisions.
Pray for necessary permissions to travel.
Pray for protection and provision during their travels.

Pray for Refreshment (Colossians 1:11)

Pray that God will provide opportunities for missionaries in lonely areas to spend time with other believers.
Pray that God will provide times of peace and relaxation to refresh his workers.
Pray that God will encourage missionaries with the knowledge that people back home care about their emotional well-being.

In his letters, Paul gave specific prayer requests for which believers should pray. As a prayer partner with those who are called to go, you too will have an impact that can reach around the world. Paul’s prayer requests can serve as a tool for praying with effectiveness and understanding.

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