PRAYER for the Week of June 5 - June 12th, 2017
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus".
Philippians 4:6-7 NLT
Dear Father, in the name of Jesus, we come into agreement this week for our institutions of higher learning such as our colleges and universities. Within those smaller environments, students come from different cultures and backgrounds bringing different beliefs and values, creating a mini incubator society of different schools of thought. Because of this, some of the societal turmoil carries over into those smaller environments. So Father, our concern is regarding the rioting and disruptions that have been happening in our places of higher learning. With that in mind, Philippians 4:6, encourages us NOT to worry about anything but pray about EVERYTHING! It goes on to say that we should tell You what we need and thank you for all You've done. And then and only then will we experience Your peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. It also says that Your peace will guard our hearts and minds as we live in Christ Jesus.
Lord, while we are grateful for the existence of these institutions where our children can get specialized education and training in various fields, we pray that You would rebuke and arrest the spirits of discord, division and violence so that Your Peace can rule and reign. Lord we understand that what is happening here is a direct result of the same spirits that have been released in our nation. These disruptions become a distraction to what those establishments have been created for. We pray that you would continue to infiltrate our institutions with your Spirit filled children who are passionate about seeking Your face and being the catalyst for change that You desire. Let Your Peace that surpasses all understanding guard their hearts and minds as they live in Christ Jesus. Let Your Spirit so permeate these environments that our children will be able to teach and model Your character and nature to those in their spheres of influence.
We pray for a hedge of protection around all the students as they are searching out direction for their futures. Let them encounter You and commit their lives to You. Help them to surrender to Your Spirit so that more authentic Christian leaders are being released into society.
We lay this concern at Your feet, dear Lord, for the sake of continued education in our country. And we are CONFIDENT that You've heard our prayer and that You are already working on our behalf. Thank you for Your love, mercy and grace towards us. May we never take these things for granted. In Jesus name, AMEN!
May we BOW (Band of Women) together!
Pastor Kathy Hayes