Prayer is very important for our missionary family. Being away from home, family, friends and church, our missionaries depends on our prayers.
” Many believers may not be aware, but behind a successful mission work are bended knees, begging hands, sobbing hearts and tearful eyes before God’s throne of grace. The more we pray, the more we deeply understand the importance of prayer, and certainly, the more we realize that missions and prayers are inseparable. “ – Jose Cabajar
Through prayer God is breaking barriers and opens the doors for our missionaries to obtain visas and provide them with all their needs.
How to pray for Missionaries
“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” (Colossians 4:2–3, NIV)
Open doors can’t be taken for granted. Many missionaries work in countries that are difficult to access or in areas that are resistant to the gospel. But “open doors” include more than just access to nations and people groups. Individuals’ hearts also need to be open and receptive to God’s truth.
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 also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel” (Ephesians 6:19, NIV).
Missionaries are regular people who fear pain and rejection as much as anyone else. When faced with opposition, they need God’s strength to help them stand firm.
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.
“Finally, dear brothers and sisters, I ask you to pray for us. Pray first that the Lord’s message will spread rapidly and be honored wherever it goes.…” (2 Thessalonians 3:1, NLT)
Obstacles must be removed to allow God’s Word to spread rapidly and freely. Removing obstacles implies resolute resistance in spiritual warfare. Just as Aaron and Hur supported Moses’ arms in the battle against the Amalekites (Exodus 17:12), you can strengthen the arms of missionaries through your prayers.
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.