Ways to Pray for Missionaries
World Network of Prayer
1. Focus on God
Pray for missionaries to stay focused on God and His plans above all else.
But seek first the kingdom of God and His rig righteousness, and all these things will be provided to you -Matthew 6:33
2. Faithful Bible Study
Pray for missionaries to spend much time in the Word, and ask God to give them discernment.
Be diligent to present yourselves approved to God, a worker who doesn’t need to be ashamed, correctly teaching the word of truth. – 2 Timothy 2:15
3. Confession and Repentance
Pray for missionaries to regularly seek examina¬tion by God, and to repent from any errors that have crept into their lives.
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns. See if there is any offensive way in me; lead me in the everlasting way. -Psalm 139:23,24
Pray for missionaries to have a spirit of humility, and to willingly ask God for wisdom in carrying out their assignment.
Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to him. -James 1:5
Pray for missionaries to be so renewed by God’s
Word that no sin will have dominion over them. Make my steps steady through our promise; don’t let sin dominate me. -Psalm 119:133
Pray for boldness in the missionaries when they share the gospel or preach.
Pray also for me, that the message may be given to me when I open my mouth, to make known with boldness the mister of the gospel -Ephesians 6:19
Ask God to help missionaries recognize their need for weekly rest away from ministry responsibilities.
He said to them, “Come away pry’ yourselves to a remote place and a while.” -Mark 6:31
8. Guard the Treasure
Pray for missionaries to stay focused on the gospel of Jesus Christ and not be distracted by issues of the day.
Hold on to the pattern of sound teaching that you have heard from me in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Guard: through the Holy Spirit who Hues in us, that good thing entrusted to you -2 Timothy 1:13, 14
9. Give Glory to God
Ask God to empower missionaries to point people to Jesus and not seek undue recognition for themselves.
In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may to good works and give glory Father in heaven. –Matthew 5:16
10. Dependence on God
Pray for missionaries to model a life of dependence on God.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths, -Proverbs 3:5, 6
11. Gracious Speech
Ask God to give missionaries the grace to know how to respond to each person.
Your speech should always gracious seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer each person, -Colossians 4:6
12. Spirit of Unity
Pray for a spirit of unity as missionaries work together, and with other ministry partners.
Now may the God of endurance and encouragement grant you agreement with one another according to Christ Jesus. -Romans 15:5
13. Resist Temptation
Pray for missionaries to be quick to take the escape God provides when temptation sneaks up on them.
God is faithful and He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation He will also provide a way of escape, so that you are able to bear it. -1 Corinthians 10:13b
14. Retreat with God
Pray for missionaries to take personal prayer retreats to get their direction from Him.
The Lord God has given Me the tongue of those who are instructed to know how to sustain the weary with a word… He awakens My ear to listen like those being instructed, -Isaiah 50:4
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This article may not be written by an Apostolic author, but it contains many excellent principles and concepts that can be adapted to most churches. As the old saying goes, “Eat the meat. Throw away the bones.”