Ways to Pray for Missionaries

Posted by Deb Capella on 23-May-2019 in


The Apostle Paul knew the importance of prayer. He requested the Colossians to,

"Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity." Colossians 4:2-5

Missionaries need prayer support in these areas…


1) Personal Needs

"May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word." 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

Their relationship to God

  • Finding their rhythm with God and spending time in His word
  • Abiding in Christ and a deepening prayer life
  • Continual filling with the Holy Spirit; not depending on their own efforts
  • Protection from and victory over Satan’s schemes and temptations

Their physical and emotional life

  • Good health and safety – flexibility as they live and work with limited health care amenities and ability to manage stressful travel situations by air, car or foot
  • Victory over depression, discouragement, depression, loneliness and pride
  • For their financial and emotional needs to be met

2) Relationships/Fellowship

"My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one." John 17:20-22

Their interpersonal relationships

  • With coworker missionaries and national workers; for unity, understanding and grace
  • For true friendships with nationals in their adopted home cities

Their family - near and far

  • For healthy marriages
  • Children – to grow in love and knowledge of the Lord, for their education, safety, health and protection for those living independently or attending college
  • Wisdom in parenting and building family bonds
  • Needs of aging parents or other relatives

Their communication

  • Ability to learn languages and understand the culture; to adapt to the culture
  • Boldness and effectiveness when communicating the gospel
  • For timely and clear communication with supporters
  • Protection from Satan's spirit of discord

3) Ministry

As for other matters, brothers and sisters, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you. And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil people, for not everyone has faith. But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. 2 Thessalonians 3:1-3

Their ministry

  • Obedience to go through open doors as directed and empowered by the Holy Spirit
  • For discernment with decisions
  • Wise and effective use of time and resources
  • God’s leading on where to plant seeds and where to harvest
  • To move with anticipation and praise of God's work

Their country or ministry field

  • Peace and political stability
  • Leaders and the government
  • Freedom to evangelize and for openness to the gospel
  • For visas, invitations, partnerships and/or work permits
Psalm 46:10 "He says, 'Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.'”


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