A Youth Mission Trip has the potential to be a life-changing experience. I know my life was changed on a mission trip years ago and I’ve been privileged to see it happen over and over in the lives of many students since then. Months of preparation and planning are required for a mission trip but nothing is more important than the time we spend in prayer for the participants. As parents, it’s a special privilege to pray God’s Word for our children and their time serving the Lord and others through a church sponsored mission trip.
While we certainly want to pray for their health and safety and fun, I believe there is so much more we can petition our Heavenly Father for on their behalf.
Parents Praying God’s Word
Will you join me in prayer for your student or a student you know?
Dear Heavenly Father,
I come praising You as the One and Only God in heaven above and Ruler of all the kingdoms below. You are powerful and mighty and I know that no one stands a chance against You! (2 Chronicles 20:6) I kneel before You, Mighty God, and confess my weakness. But by faith I rest in Your promise that Your power is made perfect in weakness.(2 Corinthians 12:9)
Thank You, Father, for the gift of family. Thank You for creating ______________ and choosing me as his/her parent. (Psalm 139:13) As Your child and a parent, I come boldly to Your throne to receive Your mercy and grace in this time of need.
Give me the faith and courage of Moses’ mother to release _____________ into Your care and protection. (Exodus 2:3b)
As ____________ is away from home in the following days, I know that he/she is always in Your loving presence. (Psalm 139:7) I pray that he/she will rest confidently in You and enjoy this time, free from fear or loneliness.
_______________ may have gone on this trip for many different reasons but I know that You have a greater purpose. I pray that the speakers and leaders will be an instrument You use to help ___________ understand Your purpose for this life and that he/she will begin to grasp and desire Your will and way above any other plans he/she might make. (Proverbs 20:5; Proverbs 19:21)
Father God, I ask that You give ___________ a wise mind and spirit attuned to Your will so he/she can thoroughly understand the ways in which You work. I pray that he/she will have the strength to stick it out over the long haul, the kind of strength that endures the unendurable, and spills over into joy and thankfulness. (Colossians 1:9-12)
I pray that ______________ will know like never before the extravagant love of Christ (Ephesians 3:19) and respond in gratitude by doing everything in the precious name of Jesus. (Colossians 3:17)
I pray that ______________ will be a blessing by being agreeable, sympathetic, loving, compassionate, and humble to everyone he/she meets.
Father, above all else, my prayer for ______________ is that he/she will be focused on You more than anything—–that Your love will be his/her theme as he/she speaks for You and serves others. May God’s bright presence be evident in everything he/she does through Jesus. To Jesus Christ be all the glory as the Mighty Savior! (I Peter 4:11)
In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.