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Prayer for Missionaries

Come boldly! says Hebrews. Come often! says Luke. God hears! says 1 John. He is powerful to act! says Daniel.

Scripture is full of reasons to pray for missionaries and mission work with confidence. If prayer is the work, then your prayers here influence what God is doing there. Partner with workers in prayer, and you will change eternity.

Not because of the greatness of your prayers but because of the greatness of our God.

10 Scripture Prayers for Missionaries

Not sure how to pray for missionaries? Here are 10 prayer points straight from Scripture that you can pray for any missionary anywhere.

  1. Pray for their relationship with God, spiritual rest, maturity in the faith, and overflow of the Spirit. “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5, ESV).

  2. Pray for their physical well-being, health, safety, finances, and stamina in stressful conditions. “Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men” (2 Thessalonians 3:1-2, ESV).

  3. Pray for their emotional well-being, peace, joy, and hope that abounds. “Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word” (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17, ESV).

  4. Pray for financial provision from God through faithful partners. “I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God” (Philippians 4:18, ESV).

  5. Pray for courage, obedience to the Spirit, and the advancement of the gospel in their work and ministry. “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:58, ESV).

  6. Pray they will rely on the Lord for ministry success and depend on him in prayer. “To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12, ESV).

  7. Pray for their team’s effectiveness and unity. “So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind” (Philippians 2:1-2, ESV).

  8. Pray for more workers to join them on the mission field. “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest” (Luke 10:2, ESV).

  9. Pray for their local friendships, for open hearts, and transformed lives. “At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ” (Colossians 4:3, ESV).

  10. Pray for the country, government, and the local people. “But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare” (Jeremiah 29:7, ESV).
Join us in praying for unreached people groups and missionaries around the world

Keep Praying for Missions

  1. Unlock the power of prayer for the nations with the reasons to pray and helpful prayer prompts in this blog.

  2. Download the “How to Pray for Missionaries” PDF bookmark and take part in the eternal impact of mission work wherever you are. This bookmark gives you seven prayer requests and Scriptures to pray for missionaries — one for each day of the week.

  3. Subscribe to our email list to get stories and prayer requests in your inbox.

  4. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Vimeo, for timely prayer points for missions in your news feed.

  5. Pray for specific countries and unreached people groups with Operation World, the Joshua Project, and Prayercast.

“We feel the strength that comes from your prayers. I know that I have nothing to do with changing hearts. I do my part in going and discipling, but a change of heart only comes from God through prayer. That’s where you come in.”

— Brenda, a disciple-maker in Ecuador

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