A couple of days ago, I was driving by the high school with my son when he realized that he’s not returning in August because he graduated in June. His sigh of relief did not have to do with homework, teachers, other students, etc., His sigh of relief was he did not have to worry about shootings anymore.
In another conversation, with another group, we shared our concern about the pressure of sexual bullying from upperclassmen with incoming freshmen.
Even though, these two instances are alarming, they do not begin to touch the surface on the issues within our school districts. There are alarming and disheartening things happening within the lives of our students every day. However, this is not a time for us to be discouraged, but rather a time for us to bring our concerns to the Lord Almighty.
Joshua 1:9 says, “Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
Philippians 4:6 says, “Don’t worry about ANYTHING, but in EVERYTHING, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”
With this said, please be diligent in prayer for our students, teachers, school volunteers and all faculty members:
- Pray that students have the strength and courage to resist temptations.
- Pray that the Holy Spirit would bring peace and unity within the schools.
- Pray that teachers and facility members will have endurance, patience, strength and wisdom to handle each situation.
- Pray that each student, teacher, and facility member who calls on the name of Jesus will be bold in their faith to share the Gospel.
- Pray that our schools become fertile ground for the Gospel that when seeds are planted they will produce fruit for the Kingdom of God.
Pray for our country to allow God back into the schools.
- Pray that each student and parent who comes to a Feed the Need Missions location would feel the love of Jesus.
Pray about how you can invest in the lives of students to make an impact for the Kingdom of God.
Lastly, “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 3 And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. 4 Pray that we may proclaim it clearly, as we should.5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Your speech should always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer each person.” Colossians 4:2-6