God has chosen to work through the prayers of his people. These suggestions are to help you as you pray for those serving God in other countries.
Pray for the leaders in your friends' country. Pray for freedom to preach the gospel. For political stability.
Their personal needs
Pray they will feel at home in a new country, culture and climate.
Pray for their children, for happy family times together, and for the children to love and serve the Lord.
Pray for elderly or frail parents back home and for those who support them. Ask that God would look after them during your friends' absence.
If the missionary is single, feelings of loneliness and isolation may creep in. Pray for good, sustaining friendships, for holiday arrangements and time to relax and unwind.
Pray for your friends when it's time to adjust back to life in their own country. Pray that as they visit churches and supporters they would build strong links and renew relationships.
Pray for good relationships with national Christian leaders and with fellow workers, some of whom may come from different cultures and countries
Pray for perseverance as your friends learn a new language, understand its nuances and attempt to communicate.
The national church
Pray for the pastors and church members in your friends' country. Pray for spiritual growth, and for their ability to teach, preach, disciple and witness.
Pray for Christians to be 'salt and light' in their neighbourhoods, society or government, and for good relations with those of other faiths.
Pray as Paul prayed
The apostle Paul was a pioneer missionary and a pray-er. He was beaten, imprisoned and shipwrecked, but never lost sight of the goal. He asked his friends to pray:
Pray… that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel… Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should. Ephesians 6:19, 20
For opportunity and clarity:
Pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ… Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Colossians 4:3, 4
Pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men, for not everyone has faith. But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one. 2 Thessalonians 3:2, 3
For the spread of God's word:
Pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honoured, just as it was with you. 2 Thessalonians 3:1