A Prayer for Students in the Academic Year 2020/2021
Abba Father, in the Name of Jesus Christ your Son, we Praise and thank you for allowing me to approach you on behalf of this nation's children and young adults venturing into this school year.
This is a year that is very different from all the other school years because we are in a pandemic. The challenges are different and Lord we recognize that we are living in uncertain times. However, we know that nothing is unknown to you and that you are the one True God. Lord we bring situations to you right now for it is only you who can help us.
In your word, Psalm 46:1-2 "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea." , Lord, we confess that we are in trouble and we are afraid. Please help us! The school year has just started and we are inviting you to intervene in every school, patrol every school campus, and circulate your peace in every area where you see spiritual warfare. Some students are engaged in distant learning, where the parents are uncomfortable in sending their child/children to school. There are outrage, frustration, depression, anxiety and evil thoughts that have set in with many and both parents and children are finding it difficult to communicate let alone have a mind set to learn.
However, Lord, we believe you can do the impossible! We believe that this is your world and we are your children. Please help us not to be afraid and inspire the teachers and help them to be patient with those children who find learning a little challenging. Also please give the children a desire to pursue education for it is the key their success.
We recognize that there is a Higher Power in the universe and many have testified of your love and kindness. We believe that you can help us and all that we need to do is to ask. So we ask please dispel every evil from among and around our society and give us your peace.
This we humbly ask in the Name of Jesus. Amen!
Dear Heavenly Gracious Father,
We come to you in the name of Jesus Christ your Son; we give you all the praise that is due to your Holy Name. We thank you for sending your only Son to mother earth to die for our sins and through His resurrection redeem us back to yourself. May you grant this warring earth peace by allowing us to open our hearts to your Word as our Redeemer? Thank you for redeeming us from the bondage of sin and accepting us as your sons and daughters. This we humbly ask in Jesus' name we pray.
"Perseverance in prayer is not overcoming God's reluctance but rather laying hold of God's willingness.
Our sovereign God has purposed to sometimes require persevering prayer as the means to accomplish His will."
Have you ever felt like you have been praying and the answers are not forthcoming? It seems like the heavens are shut up, and the Lord has fallen asleep on you and no matter how hard you try to stay in faith, the fear of the answer not coming takes a hold of your heart and mind. Well, you are not alone, there are times in our lives when we all feel like we are in the desert, but there are some answers we will have to press in for even if it takes a while.
The prophet Daniel in the bible is a great example of persevering prayer, and he had a disciplined prayer life; three times a day Daniel would bow and pray whether things were good or bad in his life, Daniel 6:10 NIV. Daniel didn't have life easy, he was taken away into captivity, forced to live under a new name and religious ways, and he was thrown into a lion's den because he would not conform to the culture of his day, yet, he never moved away from the discipline of prayer. Because of his obedience to God, he was entrusted with visions of the future, though the visions were dreadful he purposed to seek God for understanding through prayer and fasting. Daniel persevered for three weeks in constant searching for understanding. Sometimes we have the tendency to buy into a lie that if we continue to pray for an answer for a long period of time we are being repetitious and as a result, we stop short. I've come to understand there are just some things we have to keep on praying for, e.g. unsaved loved ones, healing in bodies and marriages, laws and legislation that represents the kingdom of God, and this is just a few.
Daniel had an encounter with an angel at the end of his fast and the angel said to him, "Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them," Daniel 10:12 NIV. Isn't that amazing? After three weeks of prayer, the answer finally came but I want you to pay close attention to the verse above, "Since the first day". From the very first day, Daniel set out to pray the angel was sent with the answer but was held up by an evil force that kept the answer from coming. Daniel persevered in prayer and it strengthened the angel to fight and eventually breakthrough with the answer. I want to encourage you today; please don't quit praying because your answer just might be on the way!
On persevering prayer: "I look at a stonecutter hammering away at a rock a hundred times without so much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the 101st blow it splits in two. I know it was not the one blow that did it, but all that had gone before." Jacob August Riis