Lead with Prayer
“The power of prayer is huge, and that’s something we have been doing this year.” These are the words of Rachael, a high school student 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.
“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. 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 had their My Story evening event using the school facilities. The response blew them away. Five hundred students came, heard about Christ, and many conversations followed, with new students putting their faith in Jesus.
Youth workers are experiencing the power of prayer as well. Keith, a youth pastor in Georgia 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 on that campus was only a bent knee away!”*
Prayer is the forerunner and the sustainer of campus and school outreach. Or, maybe we should say strategic prayer. Sacrificial, extraordinary prayer. That’s what energizes campus ministry.
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Intercessory prayer fuels and sustains campus ministry that has lasting impact. In a sense we are on a rescue mission. The ministry of preaching is open to just a few, but the ministries of prayer, evangelism and caring for others are the highest ministries of all and are open to everyone.
Check out these resources:
* Penetrating the Campus by Keith Naylor & Barry St. Clair