When it comes to praying for missionaries, IMB President David Platt said there’s one thing to keep in mind.
It isn’t just a rushed or mechanical exercise, he said—“God has ordained our prayer as a means to accomplish His purpose in the world. We’ve got to be aware that our praying for boldness for missionaries is actually going to affect whether or not they have boldness. When we pray, God works.”
He offered some real and powerful ways to pray for missionaries:
PRAY they would be confident to preach God’s Word—not just to do relief work or learn culture well, but to speak truth with boldness, no matter the circumstances.
PRAY the gospel would be clear through missionaries’ lives and words and that God would open hearts.
PRAY missionaries will be at peace with other believers, that Satan would not have success in attacking families, friends and ministry partners.
PRAY for them to have joy when they suffer, kindness when they are slandered and patience when things are hard. Pray for God to help them persevere—fighting the battle for souls is hard, but it’s worth it.
PRAY God would give them success in sharing the gospel with others, that they would see disciples made and churches planted.
Your prayers transform lives.
When you pray for missionaries during the Week of Prayer for International Missions, you support their work of sharing the gospel and serving people.
Jared and Tara Jones, IMB missionaries to Japan, pray with their pediatrician and ministry partner, Dr. Kiyomi Shimizu, who hosts a church plant in her office. The Jones need prayer for God to continue to open doors and draw people in Japan to Himself.
IMB missionary Lindsay Mikeska (left) prays with a believer in London. Workers like Lindsay spend their lives reaching out to the city’s international students in hopes that they will come to faith in Christ and take the gospel back to their home countries. Pray for missionaries to have wisdom in building relationships.
IMB missionaries Rick and Kelly (right) Martinez pray with a national believer in Mexico City. In the city of more than 20 million people, IMB missionaries are working to start churches in unreached pockets of the city. Pray for them to have wisdom and guidance from the Holy Spirit in how to reach this goal.
Believers pray during a worship service in Nepal, a country where it often takes people years to decide to follow Christ after they hear the gospel for the first time. Pray for IMB workers who are giving their lives to be there for the long haul, sharing with the Nepali people in the face of difficulties.