Strategic prayer for missionaries involves an understanding of their life and work. The Scriptures draw our attention to numerous aspects of the needs and struggles missionaries consistently face. The apostle Paul himself made reference on multiple occasions to his overwhelming need for the prayers of others. Consider Paul’ s A to F prayer requests:
- ACCEPTANCE by co-workers (other believers) – “[T]hat my service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints” (Romans 15:31b).
- BOLDNESS in witnessing – “And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make know the mystery of the gospel” (Ephesians 6:19).
- CLARITY in communicating – “That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak” (Colossians 4:4).
- DELIVERANCE from unbelievers – “That I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judea” (Romans 15:31a).
- EXTENSION of the ministry – “Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ” (Colossians 4:3).
- FRUITFULNESS in spiritual endeavors – “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you” (II Thessalonians 3:1).
“When man works, man works; when man prays, God works.” – Hans von Staden