30 Days of Prayer for Our College Students, College Ministry

College Prayer Guide 16: {Relationship with God}

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.  Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart.” (Hebrews 12:1-3)

As was mentioned in “Relationships with Friends” (Prayer Guide 13), God created us to be in relationship.  The first verses in the passage above reminds us of how crucial our “cloud of witnesses” is.  However, we can’t forget that the most important relationship is our personal relationship with God Himself.  Pray that despite all the other relationships, tasks, classes, fun activities, and whatever else fills a student’s college years, that they’d always find time to invest in their relationship with Jesus.  Ask God to help them keep their eyes on Jesus, the one who began writing their story, is perfecting it, and will one day finish it.  Pray that they’d let Him have the pen, yielding their own will to His.  Ask Jesus to remind students of how precious they are to Him and how much He loves them.  Pray that their relationship with God would be the most important relationship in their life now and always!

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30 Days of Prayer for Our College Students, College Ministry

College Prayer Guide 15: {Dating Relationships}

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” (Proverbs 4:23 NLT)

“Oh that they had such a heart in them, that they would fear Me and keep all My commandments always, that it may be well with them and with their sons forever!”  (Deuteronomy 5:29 NASB)

Dating relationships are key for many young adults.  These relationships during college years can lead to the joyous union in marriage or lifelong friendships through adulthood.  They could also be an opportunities for heartache all wrapped up in one.  Pray that if/when college students find themselves in a dating relationship that God would guard their hearts and be the center of those relationships.  Ask God to protect them and help them make decisions that please Him and benefit the young adults.  Pray students would see what God tells them in His Word as loving guides to keep them safe from brokenness and full of joy.  Pray that they’d be filled with an awe and respect of God and themselves so deep that they refuse to let anyone who doesn’t have that same awe and respect anywhere near their hearts or bodies. Above all, pray that God would help students find their identity, worth, and value in Christ alone!

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30 Days of Prayer for Our College Students, College Ministry

College Prayer Guide 14: {Relationships with Family}

“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” (Exodus 20:12 NIV)

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
(Romans 12:2 ESV)

Whether a college students moved all the way across the country for college or still resides in the same bedroom they’ve lived in since they were born; their relationship with their family has changed in some way.  While this may be frustrating at times for parents and family, it is good.  This is a time in a young adult’s life in which they begin to discover who they are as the individual God created them to be.  Their growth involve some distance from the people closest to them.  It is a confusing time of figuring out the balance between God’s command to honor their parents and yet find their own identity in this world.

Pray today that as students going through this process would still know the love and care from their family.  Ask God to give them wisdom on how to be independent and yet honor and find joy in their relationships with their family.  Pray also for their parents and family asking God to give them understanding of the space their student needs to grow and patience and wisdom in the journey.

 

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30 Days of Prayer for Our College Students, College Ministry

College Prayer Guide 13: {Relationships with Friends}

“And Saul’s son Jonathan went to David at Horesh and helped him find strength in God.” (1 Samuel 23:16 NIV)

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”
(Proverbs 27:17 NIV)

God created us to be relational beings.  He created us to need each other.  Through the next few devotions, we’ll focus in on various key relationships in the lives of college students and pray God’s blessings over them.  Today, pray for the friends of college students you know.   Pray that God would surround students with people during their college years that will encourage them and be a positive influence in their lives.  Pray that the friends would, like we see Saul did for David in the verse above, help students find strength in God.  Pray they would also be able to BE a great friend to others, that whoever the college students you’re thinking of spends time with would be people who sharpen them and who they can sharpen.  Pray Christian college students would reflect Jesus in all their relationships and that God uses them to draw others to Himself.

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30 Days of Prayer for Our College Students, College Ministry

College Prayer Guide 12: {Forgiveness}

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”
(2 Corinthians 5:17 NASB)

At some point in every student’s college career, they will likely mess up or be hurt by someone.  Something may happen that can’t be undone or they will either experience or cause someone else great hurt.  It could be a broken relationship, a failed class, or some decisions that weren’t wise.  Pray that when these things happen, they’d be met with grace and forgiveness.  Pray that they’d be able to forgive themselves and whoever else might be involved as God forgives them.  Pray that they’d remember their identity as God’s daughter or son and be able to live as the new creation He made them in Christ despite what earthly consequences the situation may have.  Seek God’s wisdom in how you might be able to guide them to be able to live in freedom from guilt or shame.

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College Prayer Guide 11: {‘Whatever’ Thoughts}

The previous prayer guide talked about peace.  One of my favorite passages in Philippians shows us where peace can be found:

“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”  (Philippians 4:8-9 NASB)

Pray today that college students would think on things that are true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, of good repute, excellent, and praiseworthy.  Pray that by doing so, they truly would have peace in the midst of whatever trials and chaos they face today and always.

EXTRA: As a fun activity, perhaps think of something about a college student you know that corresponds with each of these word.  (e.g. Suzie is excellent at math.  I saw her pure heart when she cared for those in need.  It was honorable when she put others before herself the other day, etc.)  Then maybe even send them a quick note letting them know you’re praying for them with the above verse and the things that you’re “thinking” about them. Consider inserting their name into the verses above when you send it.

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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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