Poverty lifters, friends of the friendless, bringers of peace—these are national missionaries. With hearts willing and ready to serve the precious people Jesus died for, these missionaries face opposition, joys and heartache while living in surrender to the Lord.
This month we have the privilege to stand behind our brothers and sisters in the Lord who bring hope to those who have not yet heard about the Savior. Let us join with them in crying out for those who are hurting. Let’s get down on our knees with them as they fulfill their God-given calling.
Pray for Personal Devotion Time
God often entrusts national missionaries and pastors with many responsibilities, yet they know ministry does not replace a relationship with Christ. Many missionaries rise at 4 or 5 in the morning to seek the face of God; they need God’s strength to endure the long days of ministry ahead of them.
Let us pray God will keep our brothers and sisters close as they abide in Jesus. Pray they will have sweet times with the Lord in their personal devotion lives. Pray they will be encouraged through answered prayer and find strength in the joy of the Lord.
Pray for Boldness
Missionaries face many different circumstances as they carry the peace of Christ. Sometimes they may face persecution and trouble as they testify of the hope they have found in Jesus.
Please pray earnestly for these men and women as you would pray for yourself, that they may walk by the Spirit and in the authority of Christ Jesus. Pray for hearts of courage and for perfect love that casts out fear.
Pray for Protection
As missionaries cross rivers, climb mountains or work in slums or among leprosy patients, there is always a need for prayer coverage over their health and protection.
Please pray the Lord will protect their bodies and bring healing and safety to anyone who is not well or currently in dangerous circumstances.
Pray for Families
Many families serve in ministry together. As pastors’ wives and children stand behind their husbands and fathers, they need a strong family resolve and unity in serving Jesus together. Many other missionaries are opposed by their family members and have been rejected because of their faith in Jesus.
Let us pray for healthy, thriving missionary families. Pray also for those who are the only believers in their families. Pray the Lord will bring many hearts to Himself among estranged family members.
Pray for Support and Sponsorship
Missionaries need full-time support to be able to serve the Lord without needing to take on an extra job. While some missionaries become self-supporting after their churches grow, many others need partners to stand with them financially.
Pray to the Lord, our Provider, on their behalf. Ask Him to supply for each and every need of our brothers and sisters. Pray for more sponsors and people to stand behind them in prayer.
Pray for Fruit from Their Labors
Missionaries encourage and counsel couples, families, widows, addicts and many others in need of hope. They help the villages they serve by bringing helpful gifts like chickens, goats and bicycles to those in poverty. They plant and water with the Word of God, but it is the Lord who gives the increase.