First of all, thank you for this summer because wow, did I appreciate it. Secondly, I want to pray for the student that's climbing out of the pool right now, gathering school supplies and changing out of their gym shorts into some new, crisp, tax-free jeans they bought for August.
Like most high school and college students, this is one of my favorite times of the year. I am beyond excited to reunite with my friends I haven't seen in nearly three months. I'm pumped to make new relationships and fond memories. And I cannot wait for football season to start up so I can cheer on the team once more.
With all of this said, I know that going back to school comes with its own unique set of challenges. Some we see coming, and some we never imagined.
Father, I pray that you will give this student the courage to stand up for what they know is right, regardless of what their peers may say or think. I pray that you give them the courage to show their new friends, and remind their old ones, that they are a child of the king. God, I pray that you bless them with the courage Paul had in Romans when he said, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ." Help them have the courage to witness for your kingdom, Jesus. Let them have a willing spirit like Isaiah did when he said, "Here am I! Send me!"
God, I also pray that you give your child a spirit of discernment. It is so easy to become confused in today's world. With the news, social media, and even family and friends constantly pulling students in different directions, they can be so confused about what they should do about Friday night-- much less eternity. Help them make those tough decisions and let them know that they are not alone.
"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." -Isaiah 41:10
Jesus, I cannot pray this enough times; please send this student good influences. I pray you help them make a few godly friendships to strengthen them in times of need and to encourage them in times of trouble (aka finals week).
Most importantly, I pray that this student will stay focused on you this semester and in the semesters to come. Let that still, small voice be louder than their fears. Let it dominate their insecurities. Let it be all they hear when they feel alone. In a world that is so focused on what their next 140 characters will be, it's so easy to lose focus, Jesus. I ask that you gently remind this student of what truly matters-- You.
Thank you,. Father, for all you have done and will continue to do this school year.
In Jesus' name I pray... Amen.