OUR WORK IS A SPIRITUAL WORK
Who makes it their goal to accomplish nothing? We work hard to make a difference in students’ lives and the world. But, apart from Him, we can do nothing of eternal significance. Prayer is absolutely essential if we are to see lasting fruit from our ministry efforts.
- James 5:16b – “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”
- John 15:5b – “Apart from Me you can do nothing.”
HOW TO MAKE PRAYER A PRIORITY IN YOUR MINISTRY
- Make prayer a priority in your own life. If prayer is to be a priority with students, it needs to be a priority in your own life. If you don’t have a regular personal prayer time, begin by setting aside regular prayer time and by keeping a list of prayer requests and answers.
- Gather others to join you in prayer. With students, parents and your ministry leadership team, develop some ways to get others involved in praying. Below are some ideas:
- Clarify your vision and know how to communicate it clearly one-on-one and to groups. You will need to know for what you are asking people to pray. For example, you want to give every student the opportunity to begin a relationship with Christ, or you want to see God raise up a leadership team, or you want to have an outreach on every campus in your town, or you want to have an adult coached and student-led ministry.
- Speak to people and ask them to be prayer partners on behalf of the students in their community. Ask people to pray from church, in your family, friends and neighbors.
- Develop a plan with prayer strategies. You may want to find a prayer coordinator for each campus you are targeting. Some strategies include:
- Use the school yearbook to pray by name for each student. Perhaps you could give names of five or six specific students each to those students and adults who are praying.
- Assign each of your students, teachers or parents a set of lockers in the hallway of the school. Ask them to pray each time they walk down that hallway for the students who use those lockers.
- Ask students and adults to make a “Most Wanted” list of students or families they would like to pray to come to faith in Christ. Encourage them to set a specific time to pray for them each day or week.
- Attend school leadership meetings such as SAC or the PTSA. As you are listening, pray for each leader and the issues they are discussing.
- Go to the school in the morning before classes begin or in the evening after sporting events. Walk around the campus, praying for students and school activities.
- Mobilize students to lead and participate in “See You at the Pole,” the national youth prayer rally that takes place each year in September.
- Pray through passages of Scripture for the school and its students.
- Consider setting up a 24-hour prayer chain, where individuals volunteer to pray for a particular time-slot.
- Invite your prayer team to actual outreach sites to pray as the outreach happens.
- Text, email or message your team of student leaders and adult leaders together for a day of prayer and fasting.
- Begin or connect with a local Moms In Prayer group.
- Communicate, communicate, and communicate. You must communicate requests and answers to prayer with your prayer team. You can communicate by e-mail, group text, group apps, etc. And communicate on a regular basis
- Begin a prayer chain with specific requests through a group text or group app.
- Give leadership of your prayer strategy to someone in your community. Find a prayer coordinator for each campus you are targeting.
- Communicate to your prayer partners often how much you appreciate them.
- Begin student “Prayer Triplets.”
- What will be your prayer strategy?
- Who are some prayer people you can ask to pray for your ministry?
- What is your plan to communicate with these people?
- Is your strategy simple? Will it work?