Your prayers are very important! The most important contribution you can make to our ministry is a commitment to pray.
Heather Kaiser’s prayer card entitled, “Prayers for Missionaries and Their Families”, is an excellent prayer resource. It is certainly applicable to missionaries in general but may apply to your life, or someone you know, as well.
I have written it in total below but it, and many others, can be ordered online at NavPress’ collection of helpful prayer tools. Consider purchasing them to develop your prayer life if you feel such a need. We have found them to be quite helpful.
If you are looking for additional guidance on how to pray for us or others serving in cross-cultural ministry, you might want to check out this helpful tool created by Wycliffe: How to Pray for Missionaries. A regular list of prayer requests and answers to prayer can be found in our newsletters. You are also welcomed to contact us for our most current prayer needs.
Prayers for Missionaries and Their Families
by Heather Kaiser
Missionaries are like soldiers on the front lines of a fierce battle. These prayers will help you intercede more specifically and effectively for the missionaries you know.
Intimacy with God. Lord, keep _____close to You. Cause them to love You with all their hearts, souls, and minds. Draw them into Your Word each day, and fill them with thankfulness (Mt. 22:37; Col. 3:16)
Language. Help _____ to learn well the language of the people they serve so that they may present the Gospel clearly. may their speech always be seasoned with love. (Acts. 2:11; 1 Cor. 13:1)
Cultural sensitivity. Dear Father, enable _____ to understand and appreciate the local customs. Help them to be humble,wise, and respectful as they interact with others so that they will not offend their neighbors or sin against You. (1 Cor. 10:23-32; Jas. 3:17).
Evangelism. Great God, equip _____ always to be ready to give an account for the hope that is in them. Teach them how to do so with gentleness and reverence. (1 Pet. 3:15)
Discipleship. Lord, help _____ to make disciples who also can teach others so that Your kingdom will expand (2 Tim. 2:2)
Protection. Lord I praise You that You do not slumber as You watch over _____. Grant them good health, and protect them from physical danger. Shield them with Your armor so that they can stand firm against evil. Remind them that You have not given them a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-discipline. (Psalm 121; Eph. 6:13; 2 Tim. 1:7)
Support. Father, supply _____’s financial needs fully. Lead others to contribute even before they are asked. Stir up individuals and congregations to be zealous for ____’s well-being, to rejoice and mourn with them, to encourage them while they are in the field, and to refresh them when they are on home leave (Phil. 4:19; 2 Cor. 7:6-7)
Peace. God of all peace, remind _____ not to worry but to commit all their concerns to You. Comfort them when they are homesick. Help them to rejoice in You whatever their circumstances. (Phil. 4:4-7, 11)
Marriage. Cause ___ to honor their marriage and remain faithful to each other in ever way. Help them to love one another as You love them so that their relationship will point others to You.(Heb. 13:4; Jn. 13:34-35)
Friends. Surround _____ with wise, faithful, and caring friends. May their friends encourage, strengthen, and comfort them with Your truth and bring joy to their lives. (Prov. 17:17; 27:6-9; Acts 27:3; Eccl. 4:9-12)
Holiness. Holy One,protect _____ from very kind of impurity. Teach them to fear You rather than man. Enable them to resist the compromises that may be present in the surrounding culture so that they can shine like starts in the universe as they hold out the Word of Life. (Eph 5:5; Gal. 1:10; Phil. 2:15-16)
Unity. God the evil one wants to destroy the unity of the believers where ___ serve. Help _____, their fellow missionaries and the local believers daily to exercise hearts of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forgiveness, and love for one another. (Col 3:12-15)
More workers. Lord of the harvest, please send out more workers to help _____ serve in the place to which You have called them. (Mt. 9:38)
Fruitfulness. Mighty God, cause _____ not to lose heart in doing good. As they seek the growth of Your kingdom, let them see the fruits of their labors. (Gal. 6:9; Col. 1:10)