Missions without prayer at best is miserable at worst it is impossible.
It is easy to underestimate the power of prayer to do God's work, we can easily begin to think that the success of our work depends on us doing the right things in the right way at the right time to the right people. Working for God with that kind of perspective will eventually lead to misery and our work will be almost impossible.
We need to realize the power of prayer in missions so that our work will not be hindered, prayer leads us to the power source, it helps us to remember who we are working for. God invites us to work for him but we cannot do it successfully on our own.
We are engaging in spiritual warfare, if you think that missions is about strategies, activities, programs and needs then you are going to be miserable, the devil is going to walk all over you. There is so much more beyond the physical realm.
As we go into the mission field we need to pray, when we see others going into the mission field we need to pray. There is a battle out there that needs to be fought and it cannot be done without the power of prayer.
Here are some strategic areas that we need to pray for: