For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12
Missionaries serve and spread the Gospel around the world. And though not all of us can walk alongside them, we can intercede on their behalf through prayer. We all want to support missions, but we often forget that one of the most powerful ways we can do that is by praying!
The battle we fight is written in 2 Corinthians 10:4: The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
Missionaries are walking in enemy territory because Satan doesnt want the Lord to bring light into the darkness. God will have victory in the end, but He still commands us to Go and make disciples.
The church is spread far and wide, but we are still strong and unified through the power of prayer. Maybe you are contemplating going on a medical missions trip; in the meantime, commit to praying for those on the missions field. They go through feelings of loneliness and carry many burdens. Spiritual well-being is important, but often the hardest for those who are serving in ministry. We must pray for the protection of the mind, body, and spirit!
Prayer is always readily available and gives us power over the darkness. If we want others to experience God, we have to be willing to use our greatest weapon on their behalf. Humanity is broken, but with prayer, we can guarantee Gods hand will be active in our lives.
God insists that we ask, not because He needs to know our situation, but because we need the spiritual discipline of asking. Catherine Marshall
So how should we pray?
1. With the understanding and acceptance that God has the authority.
2. With steadfast faith and devotion
3. While giving honor to God.
4. With a pure heart.
5. With sincerity in Gods presence
6. Seeking Gods will rather than our own selfish desires
7. With humble obedience
Though missionaries are fulfilling an eternal call, they face many challenges in their daily lives. In addition to praying for those on short-term missions trips, dont forget to pray for those serving full-time. To help guide you through prayer, we created a printable with 31 ways to pray for missions.