“And Hezekiah prayed before the LORD and said: ‘O LORD, the God of Israel, enthroned above the cherubim, you are the God, you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; you have made heaven and earth.’” – 2 Kings 19:15
As disciples of Christ we pray to God because he alone is the Creator of heaven and earth. God only, is worthy of receiving such prayers and the only one capable of answering them. If we, his followers, are called to impact the nations, the most effective thing we can do is to pray directly to God. The Lord of all the kingdoms calls us to pray in his name for the redemption of those very kingdoms.
Our most effective tool as world Christians is not our theological training or our finances. Our most effective tool to reach the nations is our prayer. As we pray to the Lord to claim the world for himself, it should be at the center of our prayers to ask him to use us to go or support missions. This is a very scary prayer, as we know our God is capable of and partial to answering such prayers. John Bunyan said, “Prayer is an ordinance God, and that to be used both in public and private; yea, such an ordinance as brings those that have the spirit of supplication into great familiarity with God; and is also so prevalent in action, that it getteth of God, both for the person that prayeth, and for them that are prayed for, great things.” We have at our disposal an instrument which is more powerful than a nuclear warhead and more precise than a virus. Prayer is our direct link to the eternal five-star general of spiritual warfare.
In praying for our missionaries and the cultures they serve we are fulfilling a calling we have been given. If you have been called to stay home and pray, then please view that for what it is: a God ordained form of service to his glory. Your missionaries covet your prayers. Drop to your knees to serve your missionaries, impact the nations, and glorify your Savior.
 John Bunyan, A Discourse Touching Prayer, vol. 1 (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2006), 623.