Prayer for Students – Why is it important?
Prayer for students is vitally important in culture today. School campuses are full of temptation and negative influences targeting students. Prayer is a way to influence students to make wise choices and excel in their studies.
There are many topics in the curriculum that will impact their decision making for years to come. Our youth and young adults approach a time of their lives where they will make significant decision about careers, marriage, children, and other life choices.
Can we live without prayer? No. We need communication with God. He can do anything without man, but He will not because He created us to love Him and love others. He establishes His kingdom through us by prayer. Prayer is one way to build our faith and expectations of His Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. Prayer can greatly impact students’ lives, faith, and outlook on their future.
Prayer for Students – What do I pray?
In my prayer for students, what do I pray for? Get to know students who are in your family, neighborhood, and church. As you interact with them, you will realize the problems and situations that they face. Here are some suggestions for how to pray for them:
- Many struggle with classes or courses. Pray for wisdom as they listen to lectures and complete homework. Pray for good recall during testing.
- Pray for students as they encounter philosophies or theories that are contrary to their beliefs.
- Pray that their parents will provide good guidance and help them make wise decisions.
- The financial burden of tuition and books is costly. Ask God to provide for their needs.
- Pray for those who struggle with balancing a job and class attendance.
- Pray for students to have accountability and encouragement from a group of Christians.
- Pray that God lead them into a relationship with Him and strengthen their faith.
- Follow the guidance given in the Bible. These verses can be prayed for students.
“Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life—in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing” (Philippians 2:14-16).
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
“Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart” (2 Timothy 2:22).
Prayer for Students – How do I pray?
How can I implement prayer for students on a regular basis? Here are some practical suggestions.
- Prayer walk on campus – Consider having a prayer walk around the school or university in your community. These campuses usually have parking areas and streets near them. That’s a great place to start. Walk around the area while praying for the students who attend. Pray for success in their studies, for them to make good choices, and to say no to temptation. Pray also for the professors, teachers, and administration.
- Prayer Team – Other Christians may be interested in praying for students in your local area. Think about starting a weekly prayer team for your school.
- Influence specific students – Email short prayers to students you already know. Encourage them in their studies and ask them for ways you can pray for them.
Prayer for students is essential. You have an important role in their lives. Many students leave their faith during these crucial years. With your prayers, their spiritual lives could be enhanced and remain strong.
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School is an important agent of change in the social, emotional, and spiritual growth of your child. It will bring a host of new influences, opportunities, and temptations for your student. They will meet new friends, be affected by new teachers, and be exposed to new influences both for good and bad.
It’s a sad truth, but many schools and teachers are no longer supportive of traditional Christian values. Some schools are even hostile toward Christians.
Even when our children attend Christian schools, they are still exposed to influences from other students.
The truth is, every day you send your student out into a war zone. Schools are spiritual battlegrounds where a Christian student’s faith is challenged daily. There is no question that Satan targets our Christian students when they are away at school.
If you were to send your son or daughter off to war or deployment, you would pray for their safety, protection, and strength every day.
Every day your student faces temptations, attacks, and challenges that test their commitment to the Lord. Satan is doing everything in his power to destroy your student. The Bible says he comes to kill, steal and destroy. Whether you like it or not, your student is in the cross hairs of the kingdom of darkness.
Their only hope is to continually draw on the strength that God has provided. As a parent, it is your responsibility to continually support your student through prayer.
They need your prayer, encouragement, and support.
Unfortunately, because our students are just going down the road to the high school or middle school, we tend to forget the danger and spiritual battle still exists. However, your student still desperately needs your prayers.
We Know We Should Be Praying,
But How Can We Do It Daily, and Effectively?
How many times have you sat in church or gone to a meeting and made a commitment to pray for your student daily? You raised your hand or signed a card, but it seemed within just a few days you had failed.
- You forgot to pray.
- You got distracted.
- You prayed the same thing every day, so you stopped.
Take the 31 day Praying for Students Challenge
Praying for Students was designed to help you pray more consistently and effectively for your child.
Praying for Students is provided without cost to you, by the “National Prayer Room.”
When you sign up for Praying for Students you will:
- Learn how to pray for your student every day for 31 days.
- Pray 31 different scriptures for your student.
- Be reminded via e-mail to pray for your student every day.
- Receive 31 sample prayers to help get you started.
- Develop the habit of praying daily for your child.
Praying for Students is made available free of charge through the National Prayer Room. The National Prayer Room is a prayer ministry encouraging prayer in the life of believers and mobilizing Christians to pray for spiritual awakening.
Hundreds of men and women have gone through the companion “Praying for Her/Him” programs. We are excited to offer this new prayer program for parents and student leaders.
When you sign up for Praying For Students you will receive a daily email which includes:
- A specific topic to pray for your student.
- A scripture verse related to the topic you can claim.
- A short description of the topic.
- A sample prayer.
- A message you can copy and paste, telling your child you are praying for him/her today.
Sign up is easy and free. Use the sign up form
to the right to begin receiving Praying For Students
(If you have difficulty using the sign up form, you can email your information to [email protected])
In the past few weeks, I’ve watched a lot of my friends hit their breaking points – whether it be from illness, the stress of homework, roommate drama, our impending finals, or even the prospect of what we want to do with our lives. It’s been hard. It’s always tough to see the people you love hurt, and it hurts even more to know that sometimes there really is nothing you can do to help. With all of this pain and struggling surrounding us, it has been difficult for me to remain positive – for myself and for those around me.
The other night, I spoke with a friend about how it felt like everyone around me was falling apart. He held my hand and told me to stop analyzing everything and trying to fix everyone else’s problems, and just to pray. Pray? As a busy college student, especially one who has not had the strongest faith relationship in the past few years, I hadn’t considered the idea of stepping back and putting all of this chaos into someone else’s hands. But he insisted, and that’s just what we did.
At first, it was weird and uncomfortable. Verbalizing such intimate wishes and concerns was strange to me; I felt vulnerable. I didn’t have my blanket of sarcasm anymore, and with him gripping my hand, I couldn’t walk away. So we offered up our gratitude, our concerns, and our wishes. He spoke his out loud, whereas I was warming up to the idea, so I prayed internally. When he first spoke, I felt rigid; but as he poured out his love, I felt a weight lift off my shoulders. This vulnerability led me to a peace of mind. I left that night with a lightness that I hadn’t felt in a long time.
So for all those college students feeling anxious, lonely, stressed, or even those of you who are perfectly content, close your eyes and say a prayer. Don’t analyze or try to comprehend life to fit it into little boxes. Relax, and know that someone else will take care of that for you. Whatever you may say, offer it up and know there is someone listening. Here is my prayer for you:
Thank you, Lord, for the people you have put into my life. I am grateful for each of them, for all of the unique gifts and quirks each has to offer. You have a plan for every one of them, and I pray that they come to realize someone does have it all figured it out.
Please grant them peace of mind and the ability to forget their worries and focus on the future. Will you protect them from the things I cannot and allow them to soar without fear of failure?
For those who have struggled or been hurt, please heal their scars and offer them guidance in their journey. But I ask that you do not let them forget their pain; remind them that pain is what pushes us towards the future and motivates us. Darkness is pain, but show them that your light is ahead.
And I am sorry for the times when I have doubted you and for when I have not been proud of you in my life. I know that you have infinite love for us, even when we wander. Let me realize and celebrate this unconditional gift.
Lord, finally, give me the strength to offer love to each of my friends and to hold their hands in this journey. They are the best people in the world, and all I want is for them to succeed and find happiness within themselves.