How to Pray for Missionaries/AIM Workers
We all need prayer in our lives; but missionaries need it even more. They are often far from their homeland and find themselves on the frontlines of a spiritual battle in their area. Missionaries face forces that don’t want to see the Lord’s Kingdom advanced and will stop at nothing to hinder their efforts to spread the Good News. Use the following to guide you each day in praying for missionaries across the world:
Day 1 – Their Relationship with God
• Love and study God’s Word.
• Have a strong prayer life.
• Be filled with the Holy Spirit.
• Be maturing spiritually.
• Make progress over personal sin.
Day 2 – Their Physical and Emotional Needs
Satan often discourages us through our physical and emotional lives. Many missionaries live in difficult climates filled with disease. Pray for good health. With busy and hectic schedules, missionaries travel often. Pray for safety, stamina and a sense of priority. Remember that preventive prayer helps. The wise thing is to cover your missionary’s health continually. Pray against discouragement, loneliness and depression.
Day 3 – Their Family Relationships
Pray for family relationships—husband/ wife, parent/child. Pray for the children, their salvation and spiritual growth, their health and education. Pray too that their family life will provide an excellent model for local Christians and the unsaved. Pray for strong, healthy friendships and contentment in singleness.
Day 4 – Their Ability to Communicate
In world evangelization communication is crucial. Your missionary is in ministry to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. Whether your missionary is communicating with his life or lips, he must be understood. Learning a new language and adapting to a new culture are frustrating, difficult and essential to good communication. Languages in the Far East are among the most difficult for a Westerner to master. Even an elementary knowledge of a language takes years of study and practice. But to really communicate, the missionary must adapt culturally to identify with those he is trying to reach. Getting close to the local people and understanding them means adjusting lifestyle and cultural preferences. Pray that your missionary will have the stamina and understanding to demonstrate Christ cross- culturally.
Day 5 – For Effective Ministry
Sometimes you can forget why your missionary is overseas, and why you are praying for him. Remember to pray for what your missionary is actually doing: witnessing, visiting, teaching, preaching, counseling, nursing—and pray for the people he is ministering to. Prayer guides will teach you how to specifically pray for these things. But include requests for boldness, open doors, open hearts and excellence in the effort. Most of all, ask the Holy Spirit to empower your missionary for productivity. (See John 15:16.)
Day 6 – For Team Relationships
Your missionary is probably not completely on his own. Normally, missionaries team up with other missionaries, local believers, pastors and evangelists. Unfortunately, this mix of personalities designed to strengthen the ministry can sometimes be used of Satan to weaken it. Poor team relationships can spoil the work. Pray for all the fellow workers your missionary mentions in his letters. Pray they appreciate and sharpen one another in good and healthy ways.
Day 7 – Their Country of Service
Expand your praying to include the entire country where your missionary is located. The political situation, the government and its leaders, visas, freedom to preach the gospel— all of these are important factors in world evangelization. You can also pray that the whole country will open up in responsiveness to the gospel.