“We have a prayer plan, we have been meeting before and after school three days a week to pray for every single kid in school.”
These are the words of Rachael, a high school senior living in Metro Minneapolis. She and her youth group have been planning a school wide outreach to share the good news of Jesus with friends. They call it My Story.
“The power of prayer is huge. We have a list and we go through and pray by name for all the students. Prayer is super, super powerful. And through this prayer I have developed a love for my whole school, even the kids I don’t know super well. Understanding that a lot of the kids at our school are hurting I think has been huge.”
Recently the students held their My Story evening event using the school facilities. The response in Rachael’s words was, “Amazing!” Five hundred students came, heard, and many conversations about Christ followed, with students putting their faith in Jesus.
Prayer for your school is vital in bringing God’s presence and power to the lives of students. It can literally change the spiritual atmosphere on campus, opening hearts and eyes to see and understand the gospel message of Christ. Prayer is often the only thing that will change things and advance the Kingdom of God.
Praying for your school is about…
- Who you pray with. A team of praying people praying faithfully is vital – your youth group, campus club, adult leaders, educators and church members. What if every school had a group of Christian teenagers, supported by a network of adults, praying for your school? Take the initiative to organize prayer teams now.
- Who you pray for. When Rachael and her friends prayed by name for every student in their school, it was a focused strategy, one that resulted in specific answers. Prayer, care and sharing Christ go hand in hand.
- Who you pray to. “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain” (Psalm 127:1). The apostle Paul pressed the same point, “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it; but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow” (1 Corinthians 3:6-7).
Keith, a youth pastor in Atlanta says, “Out of frustration and failure we had learned that just going to the campus was not getting the job done, no matter how much time we spent, no matter how well we planned or how many leaders helped us. We prayed because we learned that success was only a bent knee away!”*
Here are some brief diagnostic questions you can ask yourself about prayer…
- Are Christian students regularly gathering to pray for your school?
- Are adult leaders and educators praying for your school?
- Is there teaching and training about prayer in your youth ministry or campus group?
- Is there consistent dependence upon God, with an expectation for Him to work supernaturally?
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For prayer strategies that students are using at their school go to: claimyourcampus.com