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Back to School Prayer Walk

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The safety and welfare of students should not be the sole responsibility of teachers, parents, and security personnel. The prayers of God’s people (regardless if you have school-attending children) can change the atmosphere of an entire school. Countless testimonies have been shared over the years of churches who have held prayer walks at their local schools and college campuses and immediately results were seen. Crimes were stopped. Teachers turned to the Lord. Staff members who were contrary to God’s ways were replaced. Prayer makes a difference. Since our children and college students spend large portion of their life on campus, it makes sense to cover that campus with prayer.

Use the following guide on your own campus prayer walk. You can walk the school grounds and through the school and classrooms (with permission). You can also use this as a virtual prayer walk in your church or personal location of prayer.

 

Entire campus:

  • Protect the campus grounds from violence, disasters, drug dealers, and predators.
  • Place a burden in the hearts of area Christians to consistently pray over the school grounds and those who enter and exit.
  • Give police and security guards awareness of any criminal activity being attempted on the grounds and courage to confront it quickly.

Front entrance:

  • God, we pray for all who enter this place. We ask that this school be surrounded by Your presence.
  • God, we pray that all who enter here feel welcome, loved, and feel a sense of true belonging and  acceptance.
  • We pray for a hedge of protection around this place and for everyone to feel safe here.

Office staff and counselors:

  • Help the staff become aware of those who are in need of counsel. Give them spiritual eyes to see and ears to hear those who are crying out for help.
  • We pray that students have the courage to ask for help when they need it.
  • We pray the staff offers students and teachers encouragement throughout their day.
  • We pray that the staff be treated with gratitude and respect by all who enter.

Halls:

  • Help students show kindness to those they pass in the hallways, offering their assistance and friendship to those in need.
  • Reveal any weapons, drugs, or other paraphernalia that may be stored in lockers.

Each individual classroom:

  • Lord, we pray for unity among the students in each classroom.
  • We pray for godly friendships to form and for each student in each class to feel a true sense of belonging in their class.
  • We pray there would be a strong representation of Christ’s love in each classroom.
  • Keep predators and those who plan harm from entering the room.
  • Protect those in each room from fires, storms, and disasters.

Gym/sport fields:

  • Help each coach to have wisdom in how to encourage and train their students to perform the best they can.
  • Remind the students to not disregard their school studies for the sake of sports. Send them a mentor to keep them focused and help them maintain their studies.
  • Help the students develop a true spirit of teamwork and not belittle their peers or seek superiority.
  • Help them stay humble in times of wins, and encouraged in times of loss.
  • Give students strength to turn away from performance-enhancing drugs and other substances that alter their natural abilities.

Principal:

  • We pray for wisdom and discernment as (he/she) represents and leads this school.
  • God, we pray that you guide all decisions that need to be made and give (him/her) the wisdom to handle situations as they arise.
  • We pray a hedge of protection around (his/her) health and family.
  • Help him/her to live as a godly example before the staff and students.

Teachers:

  • We pray that each teacher will be filled with Your Spirit and live godly before their students.
  • We pray for passion to lead their class with wisdom and enthusiasm.
  • Give them guidance to teach in an interesting way that resonates with the students and fosters a lifelong love for learning.
  • We pray a hedge of protection around their health, home, and family.
  • Give them wisdom to provide encouragement to students who are struggling with difficulties.
  • We ask that each teacher’s goal be to gain access to the heart of each student, in order for their instruction to be well received.
  • God, we ask for you to be their comfort and refuge when they need relief from stress.
  • Guide them as develop patience and love as they teach these students.
  • We ask you to give them peace and strength to approach each day with joy as they deal with the demands of this incredibly important job.
  • Give them endurance for when the days get long and the work is hard.

Students:

  • We pray that each student grows in knowledge, faith, and wisdom.
  • We pray that this school is a safe place where they can thrive and develop meaningful relationships with teachers and friends.
  • Give students wisdom to know when they are being taught things that are contrary to Your Word, and help them stand strong in their faith.
  • Give them good rest at night so they can focus on their studies during the school day.
  • Help them discern when others are tempting them to do wrong, and remind them You are their strength to withstand the temptation.
  • Help them see and have compassion on those who are lonely and need a friend. Give them courage and boldness to initiate a friendship with them.
  • Give them strength and wisdom to know how to deal with bullies and who to turn to for help.
  • Keep them from injuries and protect them contagious sicknesses.
  • Help students have courage to talk to a trusted adult about problems they are facing.

Families:

  • Draw the families of each student to You, so their home is holy and has an atmosphere of peace and love.
  • Give parents wisdom in guiding their children through their school year, and through struggles that result from experiences throughout their day.
  • Help parents develop interest and responsibility in their child’s learning. Remind them to be patient, persistent, and encouraging.
  • Give strength to single parents to deal with the extra responsibilities at home as well as their children’s education.
  • Help parents and teachers to develop good relationships and communication.

Others:

Pray for others who are involved in the school and with the students in some format, such as:

  • Bus drivers
  • Traffic crossing guards
  • Coaches and their assistances
  • Security guards
  • Cafeteria staff
  • Substitute or temporary teachers and assistants
  • School nurse
  • Student resource officer
  • Parent/teacher organization
  • Janitorial staff
  • School board
  • After school group leaders
  • Vocational/off-campus teachers
  • Visiting instructors

 

 

Back to School Prayer Walk 2018-08-02T10:05:08+00:00

Back to School Prayer

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Back to School Prayer

Our children spend almost as much of their weekday lives in school than at home for nine months out of every year.  It is critical that we cover our children, their teachers and their schools in prayer. It is equally crucial that we stay involved and add action to our intercession.

What’s being taught, and the environment of the schools has a profound impact on our children. Many school boards are approving curriculum that often challenges the Word of God.  Parents are often left out of the loop and uninformed.

Teachers are the single most important adult influencers in our children’s lives outside of their families, simply because of the significant amount of time they will spend in the classroom together. The character and nature of those teachers and what they believe can profoundly impact our children.

We must pray.  While our children are away from us and outside of our care, our prayer covering will keep them safe.  Use this guide to pray daily.

  • Pray for the students from preschool to college. Pray that God will grant them a passion and grace to learn new things.
  • Believe that the Lord will place your child in the perfect classroom environment, whether public school, private school or homeschool.
  • Ask the Lord to give each student the right teachers for individual learning style and needs. Believe that God can line things up perfectly for all children, so that they might eventually find their destinies.
  • Pray for the teachers to have patience, grace, love for their students, and a love of teaching! Pray that their enthusiasm flows down to the students entrusted to them for this school year.
  • Lift the administrators of your local schools to the Lord. Pray the policies of your school district will not discriminate against Christian children and families. Pray children can pray freely and read and study the Bible openly without repercussions.
  • Ask God to close the door to anti-Christ and/or immoral philosophies and doctrines in your child’s school.
  • Ask the Lord to raise up more Christians as teachers and leaders in the education system and to remove those who are there to promote ungodliness sinful thinking.
  • Pray Psalm 91 over your schools and all that are within them daily.
  • Pray that bullying of any kind will be dealt with strongly and stopped immediately. Ask the Lord to raise up counselors in the schools who are equipped to provide compassion to bullied students, as well as anti-bullying education to the students and teachers.
  • Command that any plans in the darkness be exposed in Jesus’ Name. Ask the Lord to shine His light on anything in the works that could harm the students and others in the schools daily.
  • Ask the Lord to pour out His love and compassion on the schools and help cultivate an environment where learning is fun, challenging and safe on a day to day basis.

 

Back to School Prayer 2018-08-01T18:57:37+00:00

Prayer Works

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Prayer Works

A mother’s prayer can change the outcome of any situation. Hannah prayed and a prophet was born. “For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of Him” (I Samuel 1:27).

Never be discouraged if you feel you have prayed and prayed and it seems nothing is happening. God is faithful. His Word is sure. If we continue to call on His name on behalf of our children, we will reap the reward in due season. Begin to thank the Lord for the things that you want to happen in and with your children. Stand on the Word of God. Prayer is powerful. As you pray, believe that God is granting your petition.

It was a routine day. The sun was shining brightly. Our fifteen-year-old daughter, Amanda, finished her preparations for the school day ahead. I readied myself to pray with her and give her hugs before she caught the school van. That day, like any other, I asked the Lord for her protection, to keep her mind sharp, and to keep her from any evil that might come near. She entered the elevator from the hallway of our third-floor apartment. In moments, we watched from the window as she entered the bus and was on her way.

I ventured out to the balcony on this beautiful, ordinary day. My husband was there watering plants and vegetables on our little balcony garden. We took a few moments to talk, enjoying the sunshine. Suddenly we heard a massive explosion. I said, “Oh no! That sound came from the direction where Amanda would be traveling to the school.” We began to call on God for whatever had happened.

The phone rang and it was Amanda telling us that she was safe, but a suicide bomber had exploded himself very close to the school and exactly on the same route she had just traveled. We began to thank the Lord for His protection for our daughter. There are no words to express my thankfulness that we had prayed together every morning since she started school. We do not know the many times God had protected her at school, but on that day we had concrete proof. He hears the prayers of the righteous.

“For He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways” (Psalm 91:11).

Beth McFarland

Prayer Works 2018-08-02T10:07:05+00:00

Prayer That Gets Results 

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Prayer That Gets Results

I bet if I surveyed this audience most of you would conclude that your prayers are often ineffective. You seldom see results or answers that are as clear as you’d like them to be.

In 1996, a man visiting Stockholm stood to inherit a million dollars, according to a newspaper account. He had stopped off to pray at a church and signed the guest book of a man whose body lay there in a coffin. He was later notified that the deceased had died without heirs and had specified that “whoever prays for my soul gets all my belongings.” Don’t you wish your prayers yielded results like that?

Maybe you’ve wondered if God is even listening. Perhaps you feel like former president Franklin Roosevelt. He often endured long receiving lines and complained that no one really paid attention to what he said. One day he decided to try an experiment. To each person who came down the line he murmured, “I murdered my grandmother today.” The guests responded in typical fashion with phrases like, “Marvelous! Keep up the good work!” It wasn’t until the end of the line, while greeting the ambassador from Bolivia, that his words were actually heard. Unrattled, the ambassador leaned over and said, “I’m sure she had it coming.”

Truth be known, that’s the way a lot of us feel. We’re more surprised when our prayers yield answers that when they don’t. I guess When you think of what prayer really is it’s astounding that we’d get and answer at all. Ambrose Bierce once said that to pray was … “To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled in behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy.”

What I want you to understand is that unanswered prayer should be the exception and not the norm. We were created by a God who is more willing to answer us than we are to ask him. As it turns out, that’s the biggest problem with prayer … us.

Jesus taught his followers the characteristics of effective prayer. If you want to pray and see results then begin to apply his advice.

1. It’s aimed at something specific.

Often times we see no results because we ask for nothing specific. When we pray we tend to generalize and not ask God what we really need.

“How often have we prayed, ’O Lord, be with cousin Billy now in a special way’? Have we stopped to consider what it is we’re requesting? Imagine you are a parent preparing to leave your children with a babysitter. Would you dream of saying, ’O Betsy, I ask you now that you would be with my children in a special way?’ No way! You would say, ’Betsy, the kids need to be in bed by 9pm. They can have one snack before their baths, and please make sure they finish their homework. You can reach us at this number if there’s any problem.’ We are very specific with our requests and instructions for our babysitters. We want them to know specifics. It should be no different with prayer.”

Whatever you want God to do for you or another person, ask specifically. It’s not a petty matter to God. He is intimately interested in the details of your life. Pray specifically. After all, how can God prove to you He’s answered unless it’s specific?

2. It’s approached with confidence.

In Luke 11 is the story of the man who woke his neighbor to borrow bread. Notice the reason given for the man getting his request granted by his neighbor. It was because of their friendship, but because of the man’s endless asking. (Luke 11:7-8)

He was bold. It took a lot of guts to do this. In ancient times most homes had only one room. On one end was a raised platform where everybody slept together – husband, wife, and all the children. Not only did the entire family sleep in this one room, so did all the livestock. The other fellow would have to get up, possibly wake up his wife and kids, stir up the animals, light a lamp, go unlock and open the door and give the man some bread.

The one knocking was confident because he knew his neighbor’s reputation was on the line. Remember, hospitality was a huge deal at that period of history and he didn’t want to lose good standing in the community. Jesus’ point isn’t that He will do things grudgingly because his reputation is on the line. Rather, He teaches us that we can be confident in prayer because of God’s character. He is compassionate and gracious and loving. He wants to answer our prayers.

So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it” (Hebrews 4:16).  Ask specifically and ask confidently because God cares for your needs.

3. It’s applied with persistence.

Most often we don’t see results in our prayer life simply because we give up too soon. “And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will be given what you ask for. Keep on looking, and you will find. Keep on knocking and the door will be opened. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And the door is opened to everyone who knocks” (Luke 11:9-10 NLT).

Jesus’ point is that the persistent seekers find what they’re looking for. They find answers. Let me point out, however, that we don’t always get what we ask for. We will always get an answer if we ask, seek and knock, but it may not be the answer that we want.

There’s a misconception that prayer is simply getting God to give you what you want. Actually prayer is a means by which God changes us. If we’re persistent he shapes us to want what he wants. He actually gives us the desire to want what right when we seek him in this way.

Pray specifically. Pray confidently. Pray persistently.

4. Its answer is appropriated through trust.

The thing that you’ve got to know is that God is not like a genie. He’s not some malicious tightwad in the sky either. Our heavenly Father is a perfectly loving Father, who always has our best interest at heart. He’s on our side. He’s pulling for us. He wants to meet our needs more than we really understand.

If you have kids think about how you love to meet their needs. God is the same way, but to a greater degree. He’s a perfect parent who gives us the absolute best. Why? He loves us. It’s for this reason that we can trust him. Effective prayer derives from a trust in the character of our and build on that same trust.

Prayer that gets results can be the norm in your life rather than the exception. Commit yourself to pray specifically, confidently and persistently. Entrust yourself to a heavenly Father who loves and cares for you more than you could ever dare to dream.

Prayer That Gets Results  2018-07-21T14:31:57+00:00