TO: Pastors and Staff, Student/Youth Ministers, Directors of Missions, Association Prayer Coordinators, Women’s Missions and Ministries Leaders
FROM: Rick Shepherd, Director, Department of Prayer and Spiritual Awakening, Florida Baptist Convention
RE: Praying for Our Schools—2011
Last Fall, we encouraged churches to pray for their local schools… to Prayer Walk each Elementary, Middle, and High School near the church property or the church meeting place. Out of that praying we have seen much fruit in many places. Many testimonies tell of open doors for ministry, partnerships to help children and families, schools experiencing greater peace, wisdom for the administrators and teachers… God has answered prayer in many ways.
I encourage you to consider Prayer Walking the schools in your area as the School Year Begins. Some will choose a Saturday coming up—perhaps August 20 or 27—as the Lord leads. If you have further questions, contact us (800-226-8584, ext 3098).
Add to that the student ministry of “See You at the Pole” coming September 28, 2011. The theme for 2011 is “Converge,” coming together in prayer… confident He is with us (Matthew 18:20). Students will pray at the flagpole that morning. Consider ways to pray during the week before—Prayer Walks, Prayer Partners with and in Children and Student ministries, etc. For more info go to www.syatp.org.
With this E-MEMO I am attaching “Guidelines on Praying for Our Schools,” a guideline adapted from Transform Northeast Florida (with their permission). It is focused on practical ways to pray for the needs of the schools in your area. In more and more places, we are seeing lives touched and more fruitful ministry arise out of this simple activity of Prayer Walking.
Here’s How—Every School Prayer—In preparing for the start-up of school and in preparing for ministries this Fall, consider ways to cover each school and the new school year in prayer.
1) Prayer Walk the schools near you—Elementary, Middle, High School, Community College, Vo-Tech School, University. For info on prayer walking go to www.flbaptist.org/Prayer/PrayerResources.aspx, then scroll down to and read or download Prayer in Motion. It gives the How-to’s of prayer walking.
2) Prayer Talk—Talk to the Father about the schools, the needs, and potential open doors to serve them. NOTE: This does not require special permission or a permit. It is simple. People walk around schools all the time for exercise. This is simply adding focused prayer.
As a help and to be more specific in prayer, Contact Administrators and Teachers of your local schools and ask—“We want to pray for your school. Are there specific needs for which we could pray?” Look for ways your church could help them. There may be an open door for some kind of partnership to help the school. Then, pray for those needs specifically and join God where He is working. Focus on the schools near your church and ask the Lord for ways to bless those teachers, students, and their families this year. Ask God to show you what HE wants you to do in ministry in your community.
3) Prayer Touch—In looking for ways to pray specifically, get the names of teachers and other personnel connected to your local congregation. Put Prayer Partners together to pray for a particular Class, a Team, etc. connected to the school. Look for ways to Touch those nearest you—ways to minister in the year ahead.
This Prayer Walk of the schools is also a great opportunity to get your Student Ministries and Children’s Ministries geared up for the start of the School Year and the start of some new ministry involvement.
One other thought—In Acts 17:23, Paul testified of “passing through” the streets of Athens. He discovered an old lifeless altar and built a bridge from what he discovered to Who they needed to know—the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 17:23-34). We can build bridges, too—from what we discover as we pray and interact to ministry in Jesus’ Name. Connecting people to the love of God and to a personal relationship to Jesus is what we are about. Prayer Walk. God may give you some new ideas for your church and area. See what God is up to. Join in prayer for the Harvest!
ATTACHMENT: “Guidelines on Praying for Our Schools”
Posted on Wed, August 3, 2011