April 2019 College Prayer Points
Revisiting our House of Prayer
I just recently stood at the intersection of Washington and Ruby streets in my hometown. To the left were my grandparents’ home of 51 years, and right next door, my childhood home. To the right was my best friend Karen’s and her mom Rachel’s home. Behind me, the road I walked to my elementary school, childhood park, junior high school, and church. Ahead, a bridge over the highway, the end point of which I could not see though I had walked it many times, and in my mind it paved the way to many more memories.
Rachel’s house had just been sold and its purchase now meant there were no reasons or relationships left to bring me back to my hometown. I couldn’t fathom not having one final visit to all three houses which were a foundational trinity of sorts to my faith. I wrote to the current owners and their gracious acceptances allowed me, my sister, and Karen to visit our family homes and share the memories as we walked through each room. The builder, likely soon to bulldoze Rachel’s house, gave us a key which opened the door to reminiscing about how full of love that now mostly empty house once was. All three homes had also been houses of prayer–my grandmother’s prayers for me especially during college, my own prayers in my attic bedroom as a little girl learning to follow God, and many prayers around the dinner table at Karen’s.
We moms stand weekly at the intersection of campus and prayer. To the left is last semester. To the right is the approaching end of the academic year. Behind us, all the years we’ve prayed in Moms in Prayer groups, prayer sheets piled high mapping our journey. Ahead of us, the yet answered prayers for our children and their campuses.
Go back with me one last time before the year is over and walk through the rooms of the houses of prayer we inhabited weekly in our groups:
- What praise attribute was especially meaningful to you?
- How did you come to know God better through it?
- What personal confession was a release of burden or sin held on to too long?
- Did you confess something on behalf of the college campus, maybe especially on the Collegiate Day of Prayer, that you felt did business in your heavenly home to help release the strongholds on campus and begin to usher in revival?
- What thanksgivings did you jump for joy over?
- And when your heart fell to its knees during intercession, what scripture was just the right one for a burden for your child?
- Which prayer partner spoke the words the Holy Spirit put in her mouth that you were trying to voice, but couldn’t?
- When it came to praying for a department, a campus ministry, an issue on campus, or the salvation verse from Acts 26:18–what struck home as you ached for all the lost souls on your child’s campus?
- When you prayed with all the college praying moms in America that the Every Campus initiative would help spring up gospel-centered ministries where there were none, did you think that one day–whether in your lifetime or after you are long, long gone–those prayers might usher in revival?
Back at my grandparents’ house, as we walked down the steep stairs of the front stoop, the new owner said, “Wait, I have something you might want.” He returned and presented us with the original house numbers which they had removed when remodeling.
If Moms in Prayer had a house number it would be 2618 for Acts 26:18 where we pray every week, “Open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in Jesus.” When we pray that over our campuses we stand at the intersection of darkness and light, of forgiveness and sanctification. God will decide when the campus once again crosses that bridge to revival. In the meantime, our prayers pave the way.
Always remember that.
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April 2019 College Prayer Points
- Where your prayer sheet says Teachers/Staff: paste the department of the week. Pray for the unsaved and saved administrators/staff/professors/students in that department using the two scriptures listed, respectively.
- For the Specific Requests: pray for things pertinent to that department. You can always pray for favor for Christian professors and students and a renaissance of Christian thinking.
- Where your prayer sheet says School Concerns: paste the next items which are categorized by ways to pray Campus Concerns for administration, students/campus ministries, and campus issues, and the #everycampus movement we are supporting in prayer this year.
1) Departments: History/Law/Government/Political Science 2) For Trustees and Administrators to protect intellectual exchange and a search for the truth on their campuses 3) EveryCampus: to mobilize intercession and launch gospel movements on campus.
April 7- 13:
1) Departments: Psychology/Sociology/Social Work 2) For Professors and Students to foster a new climate for civil and honest engagement of all ideas on their campuses 3) EveryCampus: working together to make sure that all of those universities and colleges have a thriving community of students sharing their faith, so every student will have a chance to respond to Jesus.
1) Departments: Math/Sciences 2) For Campus Ministers and College Pastors to unapologetically preach the gospel message and the Word of God without error. 3) EveryCampus: For campuses needing gospel-centered ministries to get the resources they need to start.
1) Departments: Religious Studies/Foreign Languages 2) For more Christian students to gather to pray for the spiritual condition of their campuses. 3) EveryCampus: for protection over those prayer walking campuses and for divine appointments.
April 28-May 4:
1) Departments: Pray for any department you want to and/or your child’s especially as semesters end and exams begin. 2) For students’ mental and physical health as they approach the end of the semester and for the students services departments that help them. 3) EveryCampus: for the website to be a useful resource and to be protected.