As Christians we are continually encouraged and even admonished to pray for one another. As our children grow and go off to college our prayers for them are essential as they begin to face “the real world”. They need to remain in prayer as well. Here are seven good prayers for college students that you might want to use as you pray. These can easily be adjusted for use by the student or by others who love them and want to lift up intercessory prayers for college students.
Praise and Worship
Dear Lord, as I continue in this new college life help me never to forget to devote time of praise and worship to You. I know that you are the One who sustains me and the least I can do for everything that You have done for me is to dedicate time to You. Help me to know that renewing my mind in You is a necessary part of my life. Nudge me out of bed on Sunday and if there is a good mid-week service please make it so I can go to that too. Send new friends my way that are like-minded Christians who will attend services with me and hold me accountable when I am absent. I love you Lord and I want to praise and worship You. In Jesus name, Amen
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Romans 12:1-2)
Instructors and Administrators
College students have new leaders as they begin this venture in life. Remember to pray for those leaders – they are the ones that have the greatest influence on students.
Dear Lord, I pray for all of my Instructors, Professors and Administrators. As we are told in the Bible, as a student (disciple) our teachers are above us and as we grow and learn we strive to be like our teacher. Please give them the wisdom, strength and courage to be the best instructor and administrator that they can be. Help them to stay healthy as they do well to teach us. Lord, if they do not know you as personal Savior, I pray that they come to know you and in doing so that their instruction and work is glorifying to You. I pray this in Jesus name. Amen.
The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master. (Luke 6:40)
One of the most difficult things for college students to learn is time management. Success in college requires goal setting and time management. It is easy to lose track of time when students are making new friends and spending time in social gatherings. Time must be allocated to proper study and rest as well as fun.
Heavenly Father I pray that you will give me the guidance that I need to have fun while still maintaining a schedule of proper study and needed rest. Help me to know that sometimes I need to “bow out” of a particular social event in order to meet the needs of academic success. Protect me as I seek your help in scheduling time for everything. I love you Father and pray this in Jesus name, Amen.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
Quizzes, Mid-terms and Finals
Dear God, I have learned so much and right now I just ask that you help me to remember all of those things. Please bring them quickly to mind so that I may successfully pass my tests today. Help also my classmates who are studying for exams, that they might have great success. I know that our success will glorify you Lord because everything that we do should be done as unto You. I pray for peace as I sit for the exams and I know that peace comes only from You. Thank you for listening to my prayer and I pray this in Your Son’s name, Amen.
And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3:23-24)
Dear God, I so enjoy my independence while away at college. As I plan a trip home for a visit please help me to honor my parents as I obey the house rules that they have. I know that the rules are there for my own good. Help me to show that while I have gained independence during my time away that I understand that it is their house so I must obey their rules. Lord, I think this might be hard for me but I know that You will guide me and gently remind me of the honor that is due to my parents while I am in their house. Please grant me my desire dear Lord, In Jesus name, Amen.
Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; (Ephesians 6:2)
Dear Lord, I come to you because I want to be sure that I am keeping company with this right people. God I know that relationships require careful cultivation and attention. Help me to be friendly to others and to welcome them into my world. Help me to shine the light of Jesus to them so that they too can see how happy I am in You. Remind me that sometimes I need to ask forgiveness when I have offended others. Help me to be forgiving when others have offended me. God I want to be a great example of Christianity to everyone I meet. I pray that you will help me never to forget that I must take time to work on relationships … just like a garden, for them to grow I must be devoted to them. I pray in Jesus name, Amen.
A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is friend that sticketh closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24)
Purity in Thought, Word and Deed
Dear Precious Father, as I learn to live independently outside of the boundaries that were set for me at home, please help me to make good choices that will keep my thoughts, words and deeds pure. I want to honor You with my choices. As I choose how I spend my time remind me that You are always with me and that my choices should be things that please You. Help me to stay away from the things that will temp me to do the things that I know are not edifying to You. Remind me that it is my choice and that I can talk to You any time that I am having troubling making good choices. Keep me in the company of others that have a good walk with You so that I too can have a good walk. I know you will guide me and for this I am so thankful. I know Your wisdom is pure, help me to desire only Your wisdom. I pray this through Jesus, Amen.
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. (James 3:17)
Prayer is an essential element in our Christian walk. Praying for ourselves and others is a privilege that is uniquely Christian. Feel free to share your own prayers for college students in the comments below.
Here are some more prayer articles for you:
Prayers from the Bible
Praying for those that persecute us
Prayers for courage
The Holy Bible, King James Version
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A Christian university in Texas has created a prayer room for its Muslim students.
The Methodist-affiliated McMurry University dedicated the space in one of the school’s residential dorms for its Muslim students’ daily prayers.
Before its creation, Muslim students met for prayer in a nearby hotel, a student who helped establish the new prayer room told The College Fix in an interview.
That student, Joe Yousef, is president of McMurry’s Saudi Student Club. Of the roughly 1,000 students attending McMurry, about 60 are Muslim and many come from Saudi Arabia, Yousef said.
Yousef said now that Muslim students have a prayer room on campus, it will be much easier for them to meet both their religious and scholastic obligations.
“On Friday, we get together and sometimes we have to go home to pray and we need to be in university so we don’t have time to go home,” Yousef said.
Yousef admitted that some people at McMurry didn’t like the idea of having the prayer room.
Some students are also supportive.
“Being Christians, we should be open to free religion and letting everyone do what they want to do and I think the Muslim prayer room gives them that chance,” student Hector Flores told BigCountry.com.
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McMurry’s chaplain, Jeff Lust, and Dr. Mark Waters, professor of religion and director of international education, reportedly helped the students in their effort. Lust did not respond to a request for comment from The College Fix.
McMurry’s associate director of communications, Gary Ellison, did not respond to requests for comment either.
Lust told KTXS that the room is “a step in the right direction.”
“We anticipate over time we’ll have students from a variety of countries and possibly different religions,” Lust said. “We need to learn to live and work together in this world that is increasingly diverse and then we can truly become better together.”
The room will also serve as a meeting place for a new interfaith club, which is slated to meet for the first time Feb. 21, according to Yousef.
He said he will help lead the interfaith club in the hopes that it will help students of different faiths understand each other better.
“We are going to talk about faith and belief,” he said. “Some people have their own bias. We want people to get together, so we can help each other out.”
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College can be tough sometimes and the only thing that gives me peace and calms my heart in the midst of the storm is the Lord. Most days, I find myself walking around campus continuously praying throughout the day. The power of prayer is astounding. Colossians 4:2 says, “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” Whether you are a college student or someone who knows a college student, there is always something you can be praying for us. Here are a few:
Pray that we will honor and glorify the Lord through our thoughts, actions and words throughout the semester.
Pray that God will give us the wisdom, strength and energy to make it through endless tests, homework and quizzes — and to be able to study well and make good grades.
Pray that we are able to balance work and school life.
Pray that we are able to get enough rest.
Pray that we are a light shining for Jesus on and off campus.
Pray that we are able to grow in our relationships and be good to others.
Pray that we will rely on God and not let fear and worry take over us.
Pray for our future; that God’s will be done and His peace be given.
Pray that we put our hope, joy and security in Him alone.
Pray that we stay healthy and get good exercise.
Pray that we are able to serve others well.
Pray that we will seek His kingdom above all else.
Pray that anxiety will be minimal and that we put our trust in Him.
These are only a few things to pray about that I thought about. Anything is possible with God, even A’s on impossible exams!
When saying a prayer for college students, it is important to realize the diversity of students attending university. Some students are right out of high school, others are preparing for second careers, while still others are retired.
Prayer for College Students – Some Ideas
- The decisions they make now will determine their work ethic, relationships, and so forth. Pray they will look to God for direction and wisdom.
- Ask God to encourage them to achieve their goals and pursue the dreams of their hearts.
- Pray they will find Christian friends and groups. Jesus sent His disciples out two by two. A mentor or an accountability partner is of great importance. Pray for a nearby church where they can grow in their walk with Jesus or find a relationship with Him.
- Pray that students will honor their own bodies and not succumb to worldly desires.
- Pray they will not get caught up in endless discussions that only serve to edify man and not God (1 Timothy 1:4). Pray for pure hearts, a good conscience, and a sincere faith that leads to love (1 Timothy 1:5).
- Pray for boldness in sharing their faith with others — for them to take hold of the gift of God that is not a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7).
- Pray that they will remember to keep their own prayer times with God and learn from reading His Word.
- Pray that their hope will be in God and not man.
- Pray that they, as people of God, may be thoroughly equipped for every good work and be prepared in season and out of season.
- Most of all, pray that they may have a Berean spirit to measure every spoken word by the wisdom and direction of God instead of the authority of man (Acts 17:11).
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