It’s been said time and time again the prayer fuels miraculous movements of God … and we believe that’s true as we survey the state of spiritual darkness around the world. We are hopeless in reaching the 3.1 billion unreached people in the world without the help of God.
So we pray … crying out for Him to make a way to get the gospel to those with no access to its power of salvation in a way that leads to multiplying disciples and churches.
One of the ways this life-saving message spreads is through missionaries who are willing to give up their comforts to move overseas, learn a new language and culture, disciple new believers, and plant some of the first churches in a people group or place. These pioneering field workers are often faced with emotional, physical, and spiritual challenges daily.
And it is our privilege to approach God’s throne of grace on their behalf.
To this end, we’ve shared an alphabetical prayer guide* for missionaries around the world. Below you’ll find 26 specific and strategic request to pray for the field workers you know.
Anointing: Ask for the anointing of the Holy Spirit and that the missionary will operate in the Spirit’s power.
Boldness: Pray that the missionary will speak the Word of God with boldness.
Comfort: Ask for comfort when the missionary is discouraged, brokenhearted, or stressed out.
Direction: Ask that the missionary will sense God’s specific direction.
Encourage: Ask God to send someone to encourage the missionary.
Family: Pray that the missionaries will guide their children in the way they should go.
Glory to God: Pray that the missionary will live each day to glorify God.
Humility: Ask that the missionary will develop a sense of humility and reject pride.
Insight: Ask that the missionary will see people and things from God’s perspective.
Joy: Pray that the missionary will be fully of the joy of the Lord in all situations.
Knowledge: Pray that the missionary will desire knowledge of God’s Word and apply it constantly.
Love: Ask that the missionary will be a vessel through which God’s love flows to others.
Motivation: Pray that the missionary will labor from godly motives, not to please other people.
Needs: Pray that the missionary will realize that in Christ, all needs will be met.
Open Door: Pray that the missionary will recognize opportunities to share the gospel.
Prayer Partners: Ask God to provide prayer partners who will intercede on a regular basis.
Quiet Time: Pray that nothing will keep the missionary from having a quality quiet time each day.
Revival: Ask God to work in the missionary’s so that he or she will experience personal revival.
Servanthood: Pray that the missionary will do his or her work with a servant spirit.
Thankful Heart: Ask God to give the missionary a thankful heart even in difficult situations.
Unsaved: Pray that the unsaved will develop a hunger and thirst for Jesus Christ in their lives.
Victory: Pray that the missionary will know victory in spiritual warfare.
Weariness: Pray that the missionary will not get bogged down in having too much to do.
X-ray Vision: Ask that the missionary will have X-ray vision of the heart and desire a cleansed life.
Yieldedness: Pray that the missionary will be completely yielded to Christ and willing to die to self.
Zeal: Pray that the missionary will have a renewed zeal to share the gospel.
“We never know how God will answer our prayers, but we can expect that He will get us involved in His plan for the answer. If we are true intercessors, we must be ready to take part in God’s work on behalf of the people for whom we pray.” -Corrie Ten Boom
To join us in the work of praying for our field workers, visit www.eastwest.org/pray.
*The original source of this alphabetical missionary prayer guide is unknown.