After going away for a few days I find getting back into routine arduous. Finally I am able to have a few minutes to write. Rain was pouring down and the thought of walking in dampness was not appealing at 5:30 a.m. Snuggling in my blankets and listening to the showers was more comforting. Discipline...Well, that will need to be work on.
Every morning I drive my teens to school, the road we travel on has two high schools located near each other. The thought came today, since you did not walk and pray for your neighborhood why not pray for the schools, teens, teachers, and parents as you drive. I asked God to open my eyes to the needs and grant to me prayers for what is revealed, (when you ask God, He is always faithful, if we have a willing heart). Today, there were many students and teachers who touched my prayer heart.
Over the years of searching the net for good teaching on prayer, I found this website by Dr. Kevin Meador. For those who like to use prayer guides as a tool to start them in prayer, I recommend going and checking out the prayer closet, (click on PrayerWalk Journal and it will take you to the webpage.)
Praying For Your School
The following is a prayer guide to help you intercede for your school. Parents, teachers, and students can use it to pray for their school. Churches can use it to intercede for the school systems around them. In order to cover a school in prayer, you must intercede for three groups: the students, the teachers, and the parents. You can use these prayers or develop your own from them. In order to use the prayers, place the name of your school in the blank and then plead the truth before God.
Praying For The Students
Father, I pray that the lost students of ___________________ will surrender to Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior of their lives. Show them their lostness and their need of Jesus. Have mercy on them and saved them through Your Son, Jesus Christ (John 3:1-16; John 6:44; Matthew 11:28).
Father, I ask that the believing students of __________________ will exercise a powerful and righteous influence in the school. Empower them to live holy and obedient lives before their lost friends and teachers. Remove anything from their lives that might hinder their testimony (Matthew 5:13-16; 1 Peter 2:11-12, 3:15-16).
Father, I plead that the believing students of ____________________ would be powerful witnesses for the Lord Jesus Christ. Fill them with the Holy Spirit so that they can speak boldly about who Jesus is and what Jesus can do (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8).
Father, grant the believing students of ____________________ strength and courage when they are persecuted for their faith. Enable them to stand strong in Christ the Lord (2 Timothy 3:10-12).
Father, protect the believing students of _____________________ from evil, worldly influences. Give them the power and courage to say “NO!” to sinful peer pressure. Grant them the discernment to see through the empty and foolish values, ideas, and behavior of the world that is in rebellion against You (Proverbs 1:10-19; 1 Corinthians 15:32; 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1; 1 John 2:15-17).
Father, I plead that the students of ____________________ will have a hunger for learning. Enable them to use their ability to think and learn (Genesis 1:28; 1 Samuel 2:10; Job 12:13).
Father, deliver the students of __________________ from laziness. I ask that laziness would be destroyed from their lives and that they would study and work with diligence and intensity (Proverbs 6:6-11, 10:4-5, 10:26, 12:24, 13:4, 15:19, 19:15, 19:24, 20:4, 24:30-34).
Father, I pray that the students of ____________________ would diligently prepare themselves during this time. Help them make the most of this time in their lives (Ecclesiastes 2:2, 3:1-8, 22).
Father, I ask that the students of __________________ will develop healthy relationships with others. Teach them how to relate to others with compassion, respect, and understanding. Set them free from developing unhealthy relationships with the opposite sex (Exodus 20:12-17; Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 22:39; Ephesians 4:32).
Father, I plead that the students of _____________________ will have good relationships with the teachers and the administration. Grant that the students will have respect for their teachers and the administration that are in authority over them. Let their strong, working relationships among these groups (Romans 13:1, 7; 1 Peter 2:13-14).
Father, I plead in the name of Jesus that You will grant a spirit of purity among the students of _________________. I pray that You would deliver them from immoral talk and actions. Show them the evil and the rebellion of sexual immorality. Grant them healthy and pure relationships with members of the opposite sex. Convict those that are sexually active and lead them to seek Your forgiveness and help and then abstain from sex until marriage. Strengthen and encourage those who are virgins to continue in this until marriage (1 Thessalonians 4:3-5; Hebrews 13:4).
Father, I pray in the name of Jesus that Satan’s schemes for the students of _______________ will be destroyed. I plead that he will be bound and that he will not work powerfully among the students. Render his malicious and destructive plans totally ineffective (1 Peter 5:8-9; James 5:16).
Father, I ask for a powerful and deep work of the Holy Spirit among the students of _________________. I plead that He will do a powerful and gracious work in their hearts. Holy Spirit, release Your power in this school and meet the particular spiritual needs of the students (John 16:7-11; 2 Chronicles 7:14; Psalm 42:1-2).
Praying For The Teachers
Father, I plead that the unsaved teachers of __________________ would enter into a personal relationship with You through the Lord Jesus Christ. I pray that they would turn from their sin to Jesus in genuine faith (John 3:15-18, 6:44; Acts 4:12, 17:30-31).
Father, I ask that the believing teachers of ______________________ would exercise a powerful and righteous influence among the students and teachers. Empower them to live holy lives and minister to the students and other teachers (Proverbs 28:1; Matthew 5:13-16).
Father, I pray that You would empower the teachers of _________________ to be powerful witnesses of the Lord Jesus Christ. Grant them the wisdom to know how and when to share their faith. Protect and defend them as they share their faith (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8, 4:31).
Father, grant the teachers of ____________________ with a heart for truth. I pray that they would love truth and then teach it to the students. Deliver them from false and foolish ideologies. Let them set the example of seeking after and learning truth (Proverbs 22:17; John 18:38).
Father, bless the teachers of __________________ with the wisdom to know how to teach the students and how to deal with them. Grant them the wisdom that they need to train, encourage, and discipline the students (Proverbs 2:6; James 1:5).
Father, I ask that the teachers of ____________________ will know how to deal with problem students. Grant them the wisdom, insight, and compassion to help these students (Proverbs 22:15).
Father, provide the teachers of ____________________ with the wisdom, insight, and compassion that they need to deal with the parents of the students (Matthew 22:39-40).
Father, I plead that the teachers of _______________________ would be strengthened to cope with the pressure and demands of their lives. Pour out Your grace and kindness on them. Bless them in every aspect of their lives—physically, spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and financially (2 Samuel 22:3; Psalm 18:1, 73:26; Isaiah 40:29; Jeremiah 16:19).
Father, protect the teachers of _____________________ from discouragement. Empower them to excel in the face of discouraging situations. Grant them a spirit of perseverance in spite of the problems (Philippians 4:13).
Father, I ask You to bless the personal lives of the teachers at ______________________. Bless them with good and perfect gifts. Help them with their personal problems and struggles (Psalm 103:1-5; James 1:17).
Father, reveal to the teachers of __________________ the seriousness of their responsibility. Show them that they are influencing a generation of people. Cause them to see that they will give an accounting to God for what they taught and how they taught (Ecclesiastes 12:14).
Father, bless the believing teachers of _____________________ with a spirit of prayer. Enable them to saturate their work and their students with prayer on a daily basis (Colossians 4:2).
Praying For The Parents
Father, I plead in the name of Jesus that the unsaved parents of ____________________ would surrender their lives to Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. I ask that the Holy Spirit would convict them and draw them to Jesus in faith and repentance (John 3:15-18, 6:44).
Father, I ask that the believing parents of _______________________ will be growing in their relationship to God. Do this so that they can train godly children (John 8:31-32; 1 Peter 3:1-2).
Father, I pray that the believing parents of ______________________ will exercise a powerful and righteous influence (Proverbs 28:1; Matthew 5:13-16).
Father, I ask that the parents of ________________________ would be genuinely interested in their children and their education. Cause them to take an active role in their children’s lives (Ephesians 6:4).
Father, grant good working relationships between the parents and the teachers of ____________________. I ask the parents would have respect and support for the teachers and the administration (Romans 13:1).
Father, I plead that the parents of _______________________ will create an atmosphere at home that will help the children learn and grow. I pray that the parents will take the initiative to teach and train the children at home (Deuteronomy 6:6-7).
Father, I ask that the parents of ______________________ would exercise discipline at home. I ask that they will determine in their hearts to love and discipline their children. Grant them the wisdom, patience, insight, and love to do this (Proverbs 22:15).
Father, grant the believing parents of _____________________ a spirit of prayer for the administrators, teachers, and students of ______________________. I plead that they will cover and saturate _________________ with prayer (Colossians 4:2).
Father, give the parents of ___________________ a burden concerning the seriousness of their responsibility. I ask that they will recognize their staggering responsibility and will respond with diligence and determination in raising their children (Psalm 127:3-5).
Father, I pray that the parents of _____________________ will be sensitive and wise concerning the needs of their children. Help them to recognize their needs and problems and grant them the wisdom, patience, power, and love to deal with these things (Ephesians 6:4).
Father, I plead that You would bless the parents of ___________________ with the strength and power to cope with the pressure and demands of raising a child. Grant them wisdom to raise their children. Pour out on them the patience and persistence in the face of the needs and problems of their children. Bless them with what they need to carry out this rigorous and demanding responsibility (2 Samuel 22:3; Psalm 18:1).
Dr. Kevin Meador © 2001