College Praying Moms Newsletter

Praying Like Abraham

I have been studying Genesis and learned that the first example of intercessory prayer is in chapter 18. And what an example when Abraham intercedes on behalf of Lot and Sodom and Gomorrah. I see valuable lessons here for us as we pray on behalf of our campuses. As we take time off over the holidays, perhaps you could spend a little time in this passage and see what God teaches you afresh for prayer for the second semester.

Here are some lessons learned:*

  • God initiates our desire to pray–including for the campus. (Gen. 18: 17-19)
  • He invites us to partner with him as we pray for the just and the unjust–even on campus.
  • The cries of the evils on campus are heard by God. He will “investigate” the situation before he acts, proving that his actions are just and not capricious. (Gen. 18: 20-21) Should God decide to bring any judgment for those evils, “Divine judgment is always according to truth.” “Abraham…abhorred the wickedness…and yet he prayed earnestly for them.”
  • We, like Abraham, need to draw near to God, in intimate conversation for our students, professors, administrators, staff and the issues facing the campus. (Gen. 18: 23)
  • We, like Abraham, need to pray from a place of utter humility but complete boldness because of our relationship and right standing with God. (Gen. 18: 24-32)
  • We, like Abraham, need not be afraid to petition God passionately, compassionately, and with concern for both the saved and unsaved on the campus. Remember this especially as we pray the salvation verse from Acts. (Gen. 18:24-32)
  • We, like Abraham, should intercede based on the knowledge we have of God’s character. (Gen. 18:25)
  • We need not delay in the urgency of the matters at hand on the campus because while the will of God will never be thwarted, our prayers can defer judgment and speed up blessing. God’s mercy is real and good people are a blessing to an evil place.
  • We pray until God releases us from prayer, whatever the reason. He either restrains us from asking any further, or we know what we have prayed is in accordance with his will and we can leave it at that. “… Abraham was not asking God to do something for him; it was God who prayed in Abraham and set the limits of the conversation.”
  • We can trust that God never wearies of hearing our prayers of faith. “God did not go away till Abraham had said all he had to say…”

*  My insights are gleaned from personal study, the notes in the Community Bible Study on Genesis, and several well-respected commentaries including Matthew Henry’s, Ray Stedman’s, and study notes in my Bible. Ray Stedman; Matthew Henry;

Fellow prayer warriors, as we pray in obedience for the campus and thank God for what He is doing, whether we see the circumstances change or not (or not right away), we will experience the peace of God that passes all understanding and keeps our hearts and minds through all those circumstances.  (Phil. 4:6-7)

Merry Christmas! See you next year!

Dec. 1-7: Religious Studies departments; professors teach all material for exams at end of semester; students to be disciplined in year-end course completion and use proper outlets for stress relief; Every Campus prayer walk countdown to be completed.

Dec. 8-14: Sociology departments; campus ministers, counselors, profs, and students be alert to mental health needs of struggling students during exams; for Christian students and professors to share the true meaning of Christmas with others.

Dec. 15-21: All Administrative departments; records department as they wrap up reporting for Dec. grads, etc.; safe travels, rest, family interactions, and more over break; Every Campus prayer initiative to be completed and gospel centered ministries to result on every campus in America.

Dec. 22-31: Merry Christmas!


Comments 15

  1. Thank you, Julie, for your time serving all the college mamas who pray for their kids and journey forward with them into the “adulting” season. Bless your heart and and encouragement. I love reading your monthly posts and how they resonate with me, even though it’s been 5 years since my baby was preparing to do what yours is doing…. finish school, and right away start a new career and marriage. It’s a lot. <3 As a group leader of both college and career moms, I so appreciate you keeping me/us there in the real parts of mothering these young adults. Time "home" with them at holiday breaks is precious. Conversations to keep connected (and praying about when to speak and when to bite our tongues) is so important. And continuing to lift these kids up before the Lord as they do life in the "school of hard knocks" or finish college/trade school work and strive for the future and "figure out" what their next step will be, is HUGE. We can get our "knickers wrapped up in a knot" and feel so anxious with some of their choices. Keeping vigilant in prayer for their hearts and choices/temptations, job searches and date/mate choices, etc. is one thing that we CAN do, regardless of what THEY do. They will choose paths just as we did at the same age; some narrow and some wide. We thank God for His faithfulness to love and go after our kids as the Great Shepherd, no matter where they may wander or where the enemy works to lead them astray. And I thank God also, for the blessings of sister-mamas to meet and weekly join hearts and prayers for these lil' adulting lambs of ours. May God grant you a wonderful 2019 full of much joy and great love.

    1. Hi Gwen. I just discovered your message here, so I apologize for the delayed reply. Thank you so much for your words of encouragement. It is my passion and pleasure to help us pray for our campuses and students. Thank you for your years of prayer. Yea team-MIP! Blessings on your new year as well.

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  3. I’m happy to founded, because my son is senior this year and I star to pray for the future college right now. I’m a youth pastor in Hispanic Church in Columbus Ohio (Cristo Rey Ministries). I try to involve our moms to pray too.

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      1. Julie, I enjoyed your letter! (on my list) made me smile.
        Even though I have a member’s guide, I have another mom I am mentoring and thought I could pass on that quick route to purchasing the leader’s guide. However, when I clicked on the high lighted word it did not take me to the leader’s guide and after more digging I was still unable to find it.

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    2. Peggy, in addition to what Sue told you about, we also hope to add a resource page to our college pages in Oct. So check back then as well. If you like our College Praying Moms Facebook page, I hope to provide resources their too in between the monthly newsletter and the items on the college pages on the website.

    1. I do not have an official group for my college – Clemson – but I started praying and walking the campus in prayer last year. My hubby even went with me a few times. I do pray there is a way to connect more of us by Skype or group phone calls to pray for our colleges. Please pray God would bring me a few other moms to pray for my college.

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      2. Dear Sue!
        I was just ‘noodling’ around this am on the MIP site as I get ready to get on our Clemson Prayer call!!
        Please contact me so that you can join us! You are an answer to our prayers!

      3. Susan Alberti, did you see on the College Praying Moms Facebook page that Jennifer Superdock is starting a group for Clemson?:
        Good Morning College Praying Moms! Looking for Moms to join our new Clemson group that prays on Thursday ams, 8-9EST! If you can get on Facebook and like our College Praying Moms page, you could connect with Jennifer.

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