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How to Pray for Missionaries.

How to Pray for Missionaries

Do you sometimes seem to “get stuck” when you pray for your 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 missionaries.

Love for God

Overworked missionaries can become service-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

Yes, 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 missionary's love “ ... increase and abound in love one toward another; and toward all men,...” ( 1 Thess. 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 follow Jesus’ example. It’s hard to imagine any missionary having a busier life than He did, yet He consistently sought out time alone to commune with His Father.

Spirit-Controlled Lives

Just like the rest of us, sometimes missionaries have a tendency to do the Lord’s work in the flesh. Pray that all of our missionaries’ actions will be under the control and by the power pf the Holy Spirit.

The Fruit of the Spirit

As you pray that your missionaries will be under control of the Holy Spirit, the very beauty of Jesus will manifest in their lives.

Wisdom and Knowledge

Strong-willed 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 pure, then peaceable , gentle, and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy”. ( James 3:17)


Imagine your missionaries making the same prayer request Paul did in Ephesians 6: 19 :

“ And for me, that utterance may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,”

Receptive Hearts

Pray for divine providence, that the Lord will lead tour missionaries to people whose hearts will be open to hearing and receiving the gospel message.


Pray that your missionaries will experience the joy of leading others to salvation, and of 

“Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you ...” (Matt.8:20)

Strong Faith

The apostles once made a direct request of Jesus: “ ... Increase our faith.” ( Luke 17:5)

Pray that your missionaries will have great faith that will lead them to ask great things of our Lord. 


Pray that your missionaries will follow Paul’s advice to the Corinthians. “... be ye stead-

fast , unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” (1 Cor. 15:58)

A Strong Family

Cross-cultural 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: “ I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.” ( John 17:5)

Material Needs

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. “ But my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Jesus Christ.” (Phil. 4:19)

Health and Strength

In today’s increasingly violent world, missionaries face not only sickness, but may also be victims of crime, or even get caught in the midst of civil wars. Pray that the Lord will grant the measure of health and strength that will bring His greatest good for missionaries.

The next time you sit down to pray for your missionaries, use this list as a guide. They need you, and the Lord desires to use you to help fulfill His Great Commission. Your prayers count!

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