30 Days of Prayer for Our College Students, College Ministry

College Prayer Guide 10: {Peace}

“The LORD gives strength to his people;
the LORD blesses his people with peace.”
(Psalm 29:11 NIV)

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.
I do not give to you as the world gives.
Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
(John 14:27 NIV)

Peace.  As the verse above reminds us, “the world” does not often give peace.  In the midst of school work, jobs, relationships, and general college craziness, pray today that students would find real, deep, true PEACE.  Peace that surpasses all understanding and that comes from God alone.  Ask God to pour His peace that He has promised into the life of college students you know.  Pray that as they experience God’s peace they would be a testimony of peace on their college campus.

 

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30 Days of Prayer for Our College Students, College Ministry

College Prayer Guide 9: {Heavenly Priorities}

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” (Colossians 3:1-2 ESV)

“Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31 NASB)

For most of our life leading up to college, many of our priorities are set for us.  Parents and the government tell us we have to go to school.  Our family traditions often dictated how we spent our free time.  Occasionally children may have to prioritize between activities but often have a lot of help in doing so.  College is really the first time that a person has to set their OWN priorities.

Will I go to class or sleep in?   Which clubs and organizations will I join? 
How will I spend money I make?  How often will I come home to visit or call my parents? Should I stay in tonight and study or go out with friends?

The freedom that comes with these options also comes with great responsibility.  As the students you know begin to set their own priorities in life, ask God to give them heavenly wisdom in doing so.  Whether the decision is over whether to go to church on a Sunday morning or about how to spend the hour between lunch and class, pray that in all things they’d be able to seek choices that honor Christ and that they’d be able to do everything to His glory.

 

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30 Days of Prayer for Our College Students, College Ministry

College Prayer Guide 8: {Courage}

“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.”  (1 Corinthians 16:13 NIV)

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”  (Joshua 1:9 NASB)

We mentioned a few prayer guides ago some of the temptations and challenges college students might face.  One of the greatest challenges when it comes to really living out their faith is a lack of courage.  It takes a lot of courage to stand your ground when a professor openly belittles Christianity.  It takes a lot of courage to NOT go out drinking when you don’t have many friends and everyone you do know is hitting up the parties.  It takes a lot of courage to set boundaries when the world is reminding you of all the freedom you now have as an adult.  Young adulthood takes a LOT of courage.  Ask the Holy Spirit to remind the college students you know what they stand for.  Pray that God would fill them with courage to stand firm in the faith, to be on guard against attacks of Satan, and to remember that they can be confident and courageous because God is with them everywhere they go!

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30 Days of Prayer for Our College Students, College Ministry

College Prayer Guide 7: {Rest}

“This is what the Lord says:

“Stand at the crossroads and look;
ask for the ancient paths,
ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
and you will find rest for your souls.”  (Jeremiah 6:16 NIV)

NYC is sometimes known as “the city that never sleeps.”  I’m pretty sure that phrase could also be used to describe the life of most college students, especially those that live on campus.  The number of possible  clubs or organizations to join, activities to attend, or sporting events to watch are countless, even on small campuses.  That doesn’t take into account time spent doing homework or going to class.  Students can easily find themselves going a mile a minute with no time to just rest.

What I love about the verse above is that it shows exactly where rest is found!  Sadly, if you read on in Jeremiah it talks about how God’s people chose not to rest in Him.  It is easy for many college students to make that same decision.  Today, pray that college students would be able to rest in God.  Pray they would stop, look around, seek God’s wisdom for the best path, and then walk in it, finding peace and rest for their souls.  Pray that they would do this both in the big decisions, like picking a major, as well as everyday happenings.  Pray God would give their souls rest in Him.

 

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30 Days of Prayer for Our College Students, College Ministry

College Prayer Guide 6: {Hope}

“We who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf.” (Hebrews 6:18b-20a NIV)

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust
in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13 NIV)

We all need hope.  Without it, there is no reason to get out of bed each morning.  Whether it’s hope that the semester of tough classes will eventually end or hope in the midst of a life crisis, college students need hope.  Statistics show that this stage of life is especially known for hopelessness.  The pressures of life mound up and there seems to be no way out.  Pray that when college students experience tough seasons,  that they would not turn to alcohol, drugs, self-injury, perfectionism, unhealthy relationships, or anything other than Christ to try to fill that void.  Pray that their hearts would find Christ to be the hope that anchors their souls and that by the power of the Holy Spirit their lives would overflow with great joy and peace!

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30 Days of Prayer for Our College Students, College Ministry

College Prayer Guide 5: {Joy}

“The Lord has done great things for us,
and we are filled with joy.” (Psalm 126:3 NIV)

Joy. This is another gift from God that I personally find myself taking for granted a lot.  When we (especially most college students) think of our lives as Christians, “joyful” or “exciting” probably aren’t words many of us think of first.  But that doesn’t have to be the case!  Pray that they, and all Christians, would be overflowing with joy about their relationship with Christ.  Pray that the college students you know would find joy in the work God calls them to do each day, in college and in their future.  Pray that the joy of Christ would overflow from them and impact the lives of people around them.  Perhaps use the quote below to help shape your prayer of joy for college students.

“What I am anxious to see in Christian believers is a beautiful paradox. I want to see in them the joy of finding God while at the same time they are blessedly pursuing Him.  I want to see in them the great joy of having God yet always wanting Him.” ~ A.W. Tozer

 

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30 Days of Prayer for Our College Students, College Ministry

College Prayer Guide 4: {Christian Community}

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
(Hebrews 10:23-25 ESV)

One of the biggest indicators of whether or not a student will continue to grow in their faith walk in college is whether or not they are involved in some kind of Christian community.  The reality is that we ALL need support and encouragement from others as we go through life. College students are no exception.  Students who get involved in a local church and Christian campus organizations are much more likely to grow in their faith during their college years.

Pray that college students would find a local church or campus organization where they can be challenged and encouraged to grow closer to Christ.  Pray for the leaders of those groups/churches that they would have wisdom to be able to meet the needs of the students.  Pray that students would find solid Christian friends and mentors to walk through life with.

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BONUS IDEA: Be on the watch for college students at YOUR church. Whether they’re members who stayed local for college or new visitors who find themselves hunting for a church in a new city, reach out to them, introduce yourself, and let them know you are praying for them.  Perhaps ask if they have any specific prayer requests that you could lift up for them.

Find past prayer guides here.

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College Prayer Guide 3: {Protection From The Enemy}

“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.   And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”
(1 Peter 5:8-10 NIV)

As Christians, we have an enemy.  Every day Satan “prowls” around trying to find ways to derail us and take our focus off Christ and His love for us.  College life presents a unique set of challenges and temptations from Satan.  Pray for college students to “be alert” and see when Satan is trying to lure them away.  Pray they would have strength to resist temptation and turn to the grace of Christ.  Pray that God would protect their hearts, minds, and bodies from the work of the enemy, surround them with peace, and fill them with great wisdom for every decision.

Think about a specific student you know and the temptations they might face.  For some it will be the typical “college” scene temptations of drinking or partying.  For others it will be the temptation to find their identity and value in perfectionism.  Still for others it might be filling their schedules too full or trying to please everyone around them.  As you think about one student you know, pray for the specific challenges you expect they may face and that God would provide protection from the lies the enemy might tell them about those challenges.

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College Prayer Guide 2: {Boldness}

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.”  (Romans 1:16 NIV)

Pray for boldness in the lives of the college students you know as they are in school.  It can be a challenge to share and live out their faith on a college campus or in a classroom.  Professors or other students may make fun of them as Christians or tell them that their thoughts are unintelligent.  Opportunities come up every day to shrink back instead of step forward in boldness.  Pray that Christian college students will not be ashamed of the gospel, but stand firm in boldness knowing a powerful God loves them and longs for the people around them to know His love as well.

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BONUS IDEA: Think about an area where YOU could use boldness and courage from God to step out in faith this week.  Then, DO IT.  Afterwards, write a college student a letter about your experience telling them that you were praying that they’d be bold, but wanted to accept the same challenge.  Tell them what you learned.  What made it difficult or easy?  Where did you see God in your experience?  Ask God to bless the note you send and use it as an encouragement for them to be bold too.

 

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College Prayer Guide 1: {Grace}

“May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord.” (2 Peter 1:2 NLT)

Grace is something we easily take for granted.  Often in Christian communities grace is only talked about in terms of the salvation Jesus bought for us on the cross. We talk about how we are saved by grace, which is important, but we also can live by grace.  Grace not only makes it possible for us to live in heaven with God forever, but also sustains us each and every day.

As the college students you know begin this year of school, pray that God would reveal how amazing His grace really is to them.  Ask Christ to help them both receive grace and communicate grace in their interactions with all those they meet this year.  Pray for grace in their relationships. Grace to overcome failures.  Grace to make wise decisions in the midst of temptations and grace to get back up again when they fall.   Pray that grace would be the standard by which they hold themselves and others.  As the verse above says, pray that as God gives them more and more grace, that they would grow in their knowledge of Jesus Christ.

EXTRA: Here’s an example of how you might personalize the scriptures in each of these prayer guides throughout for the college students you know.  Try it for each of the guides to come.

 “May God give (college student’s name) more and more grace and peace as he/she grows in his/her knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord.” (2 Peter 1:2 NLT)

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