Praying in Crisis

During a time of deep uncertainty, it’s more important than ever for the church to turn to the Lord in prayer.

God hears and acts upon the requests and petitions of the righteous, especially in times of hardship and pain.

Some of our missionaries are serving in the riskiest regions of the globe, those hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet they are continuing to serve as faithfully as possible in light of government restrictions.

Will you commit to pray with us for them?


This Friday, May 15 we are launching a morning and evening version of the Global Day of Prayer.

We believe prayer is encouraging, effective, and productive for the work of the gospel worldwide. So on May 15th, we are committing three hours in the morning (7:00-10:00 a.m.) and three hours in the evening (7:00-10:00 p.m.) to prayer.

During this time, we ask you to set time aside and pray for

  • The challenge of workers reintegrating into ministry during this crisis
  • Mental and spiritual resilience
  • Continuing gospel ministry in light of a “new normal”
  • Global economic and financial conditions
  • The church and supporters in North America
  • The Muslim world during Ramadan (April 24-May 23)

Pray Specifically

  1. Pray for the safety of missionaries amid widespread disease and infection.
  2. Pray that the Lord would provide opportunities during this unique time to open doors for gospel proclamation.
  3. Pray for creativity as our missionaries find new methods to continue their ministries without meeting in person.
  4. Pray for ABWE leadership as it tries to respond to the ever-changing situation in ways that protect our missionaries while prioritizing the Great Commission.
  5. Pray for spiritual replenishment for missionaries and their families isolated on the field due to quarantine, and especially for single missionaries in total isolation.
  6. Pray for medical missionaries caring for infected patients without adequate medical equipment and protection.
  7. Pray for the unbelieving nations to be humbled in acknowledgement of God’s power, repenting and turning to Christ (Ps. 9:20).

Pray Biblically

The Bible contains some of the best models of prayer ever recorded. When you lack words, consider using these Scriptural prayers in your intercession for our missionaries:

“… Oh Lord, I pray, please let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant, and to the prayer of Your servants who desire to fear Your name; and let Your servant prosper this day, I pray, and grant him mercy …”

Nehemiah 1: 3 — 11

“Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains, that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.”

Colossians 4: 2 — 3

“Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you, and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith. But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one. And we have confidence in the Lord concerning you, both that you do and will do the things we command you. Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ.”

2 Thessalonians 3: 1—5

As you read the Bible, ask the Holy Spirit guide you to specific scriptures your missionaries need to be prayed. Remember: missionaries live by prayer!

Pray Consistently

The Bible tells us to be persistent in our prayer life (Rom. 12:12). Missionaries face incredible challenges, but nothing that can’t be overcome by the power of God. Don’t give up praying for them!

Incorporate missionaries' needs from their prayer letters, Message, and social media as part of your regular Bible studies and Sunday school classes—and watch our amazing God go to work and bring his love to the ends of the earth.

More Ways to Support

As you pray for ABWE missionaries, prayerfully consider partering with them in their ministries worldwide.