Praying in Crisis and Beyond

During a time of deep uncertainty and despair, 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.

Will you commit to pray with us?

Pray Specifically

  1. Pray for missionaries lacking in support due to global economic downturn.
  2. Pray for missionaries in limited-access countries ministering to the unreached—for boldness, safety, provision, and open doors as global tensions rise.
  3. Pray for missionaries to have wisdom, grace, and clarity as they engage in mercy ministry and seek to bring the gospel to bear in cultures divided by racial or ethnic conflicts.
  4. Pray for the safety of missionaries amid the global COVID-19 outbreak.
  5. Pray for new church plants and churches led by nationals that are facing setbacks due to the pandemic—for financial resources and the ability to resume full gatherings and ministries.
  6. Pray for the spiritual and mental well-being of missionaries uniquely affected by the stress of recent world events or feeling isolated due to extended time on quarantine.
  7. Pray for the safe lifting of travel restrictions so that prefield missionaries can get to their places of service and short-term missions can resume.
  8. Pray for medical missionaries caring for infected patients without adequate medical equipment and protection.
  9. Pray for the steady spread of the gospel and that unbelieving nations would acknowledge God’s power, be humbled, repent, and turn to Christ (Ps. 9:20).
  10. Pray for new fields to be opened and that churches would begin new movements by sending workers to the least-reached.

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.

  • Subscribe to missionary prayer letters. Incorporate prayer requests from these letters as part of your regular Bible studies and Sunday school classes.

  • Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to regularly receive the latest prayer requests.

  • Sign up for weekly digests of articles, videos, and podcasts from ABWE to keep you up-to-date on what the global missions family is experiencing.

More Ways to Support

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