Have you ever wondered why
missionaries are always asking for prayer? One of the best
ways to know how to pray for missions and missionaries is to
understand why missionaries need prayer. Below are some of
the reasons that missionaries need prayer. Every
missionary understands the need for prayer support, in fact, no
mission or missionary can function well without people praying
regularly for them.
Below are listed some of the
needs that almost all missionaries experience. When you
pray for missionaries, you are praying for missions. As
you understand the needs, the Holy Spirit will give you ideas
about how to pray. Although praying for missions generally
is a good idea, the best prayers are going to be born out of a
relationship with the missionary or church planter working in
the field. We encourage you to become involved with
someone who is on the field doing mission work.
Missionaries are invading the
devil’s territory. Satan likes to keep control of what he
believes is his. He will resist every effort to overcome
his authority. He will do everything in his power to
distract, discourage, and to defeat the missionaries. They
need prayer for protection. Only the Lord can protect
their health, give them rest, keep them from having accidents,
and enable them to ignore the attacks of the devil. So
pray for protection so that the missionary can stay focused on
Every missionary really needs a
good connection to the throne of God. There are so many
challenges to his life and work that you must depend upon the
Lord to guide him day by day. He needs stability in his
life because so many people depend on him. He needs
maturity in his life because so many people look up to him.
He needs the Presence of the Lord to keep him holy, focused, and
strong. Above all, he needs wisdom for the work of the
Lord. Pray that your missionary is filled with the Holy
Mission work is difficult.
It demands a lot of a missionary family. Again, Satan will
try to defeat them in order to keep the Kingdom of God from
expanding. A missionary needs a good relationship with
their spouse. They need to keep their marriage
relationship strong. They need stability in their
families. Pray for a good home life wherever the
missionary lives. Pray that your missionaries take plenty
of time for their families and are able to "escape" and rest
Sons and daughters are a great
blessing from Lord. They’re not expendable, they must have
good care, adequate support, good education, and above all know
that they’re more important than anything else in the world to
their parents. Pray for wisdom for the fathers and the
mothers of missionary kids so that they can bring up their
children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Pray for
protection from every attack of the evil one.
Missionaries face many problems
that can discourage them because they don’t always know what to
do or how to handle those problems. Even after many years
on the Mission Field, there are many frustrations that can
hinder the work of the Lord. Living in another culture,
communicating in another language, and living in a sometimes
hostile or difficult environment can wear down even a veteran.
Discouragement is one of the most common problems missionaries
face. Pray that your missionary maintains a good
devotional life with God. Pray that they are filled with
the Spirit frequently. Pray that they maintain good
accountable relationships with their spouses and with other
A good missionary makes a life in
the land of his calling. Many missionaries have children.
Sometimes missionaries have to work in order to have a visa or
to provide support for their families. Sometimes it’s hard
to say no to demands to do other kinds of ministry. All
these things can challenge a missionary lose focus. Every
missionary must frequently be remnded why he is on the Mission
Field. They must remember why God has placed them in that
place. Pray that the missionary can stay focused on his
work. Pray that the Lord will refresh his vision every
day. Pray that he will be reminded often about the urgency
of his work.
Usually when we think of
supporting a missionary we think of money. Every mission
and missionary appreciates those who support financially the
work that they do. Money is important because it enables
them to do things. Money of course can be a distraction as
well. Pray that your missionary has enough money to do
everything God wants him to do. Pray that he has enough
money to care for his family properly. Pray that God gives
him wisdom to use the money according to the will of the Lord.
Pray that the missionary will neither be stingy nor overly
generous, but always be led by the Spirit of the Lord in sharing
and spending money.
Work Of The Lord
The missionary is sacrificing
much for a very important reason. His answering the call
of God to extend the Kingdom of God into new areas and places.
Souls depend on his obedience and success eternally. Satan
has blinded the minds of the people who live where missionaries
work. (2 Corinthians 4:4) so the work is always difficult.
The missionary needs wisdom to know how to do the work. He
needs perseverance to stay at it long enough to succeed.
He needs the help of the Holy Spirit to communicate to the
hearts of the lost. He needs they filling of the Holy
Spirit to be a witness for Jesus Christ. Pray that the
work of the Lord makes good progress according to the will of
Jesus commander that we should
pray to him, the Lord of the harvest, that he would send workers
into harvest feels that were ripe and ready to be harvested.
(Luke 10:2) Teams always do better than single
missionaries. Pray for other missionaries to come
alongside a share the burden. Pray for national workers to
help the missionary and a takeover the work themselves.
Pray for harvesters for the harvest fields of the Lord.
Pray for good relationships with other missionaries and
organizations on the Mission Field.
In conclusion, the list above
just begins to touch on some of the many needs of missionaries
for prayer. The best way to know how to pray for your
missionary is to communicate with them often, ask them how you
can pray for them, share their sorrows and their joys, get to
know them. As you participate in the life of a missionary
through prayer and financial support, you will learn the turmoil
rewards and share in the fruitfulness of their ministry.
May God bless you as you open your heart to the Holy Spirit,
willing to be led by Him as you pray for missions and for