Prayer For College And University Students (14 May)
Sing: God I Look to You
Scripture: Proverbs 3: 1-14
My son, do not forget my teaching,
but keep my commands in your heart,
2 for they will prolong your life many years
and bring you peace and prosperity.
3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Then you will win favor and a good name
in the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord and shun evil.
8 This will bring health to your body
and nourishment to your bones.
9 Honor the Lord with your wealth,
with the firstfruits of all your crops;
10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing,
and your vats will brim over with new wine.
11 My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline,
and do not resent his rebuke,
12 because the Lord disciplines those he loves,
as a father the son he delights in.
13 Blessed are those who find wisdom,
those who gain understanding,
14 for she is more profitable than silver
and yields better returns than gold.
Search your heart and pray as the Spirit leads
Dear Father in heaven, we thank You that You are the unchanging One. You are the same yesterday, today and forever. You were with Adam and Eve in the garden. You spoke with Moses on Mount Sinai. You were there when Jesus died on the cross and rose again, and You were there when Paul wrote letters to encourage first-century believers in Ephesus and Philippi, and You are here right now Lord, in our midst – the very same God that led the Israelites out of slavery – our Rock of Ages, our Redeemer, our Protector. Thank You, Lord, for the certainty of Your promise of salvation. Thank You that we can trust in Your unchanging and unfailing love – that we have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure, never to be moved!
Today, we want to lift up to You college and tertiary students all around the world whose studies would have been disrupted by the Covid-19 situation. College is supposed to be a time of discovery, exploration and making new friends. Our hearts go out to the college students who now have to retreat into isolation for the indefinite future. We pray for their studies, Lord, that even as they make the shift to full-time online classes, that they will still be able enjoy their courses and have a fruitful and fulfilling time interacting with their lecturers and classmates. Please bless them with creative ways to catch up with friends and make meaningful connections via technology.
For students who are studying overseas, away from home, we pray that you will protect them from the virus and keep watch over them during this time of change. Many of them have had their housing arrangements disrupted and yet others are still unsure whether they will be able to move back to their campus dorms for the rest of their school term. For those who left suddenly, they may have food that were left to rot and plants that have withered. In haste, they might have forgotten to dispose of or pass these to someone. Their absence from their lodgings means dust will accumulate and the place will be unclean. Remind them, Lord, that they are far more important than the worldly things they left behind. Father, be with them. Please comfort them when they get stressed or anxious with their online classes for lack of access to some needed learning materials or are homesick because they chose to stay overseas. Let them find solace from their family and friends.
For those who are graduating this year and whose job placements have been postponed or cancelled, O Lord, we pray especially that You will guard their hearts from despair. Just as David climbed out of his pit of despair in the Psalms, Lord, we pray that You will bless college students at this critical juncture of their lives with a time of inward reflection and refreshing. We pray earnestly, Lord, that You will put in their hearts a new song every morning, as they discover the chief purpose for their lives on this earth – not the pursuit of happiness and money, but rather to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. O Lord, may they enjoy being in Your presence, may they discover the joys and pleasures of sweet communion with You. We pray for a revival of young adults just entering the workforce. May they infuse the corporate arena with a godly perspective, and may they be strong testimonies for you in the days and years ahead.
Each of us is fearfully and wonderfully made. We pray, Lord, that we will use our individuality, our words and actions to influence and lift up those around us, especially during this time. Please be with us as we tide through this period. All glory to Your Name! In Jesus’ most precious name, Amen.