The back to school season is a great time for focused prayer. A time to pray for students, teachers, and parents as they transition into a new school year. Although this transition is about stepping into a new academic chapter it also carries a big opportunity spiritually for students, teachers, and faculty.
Listen to the challenge laid out in Romans 12:2, “Don’t live any longer the way this world lives. Let your way of thinking be completely changed. Then you will be able to test what God wants for you. And you will agree that what He wants is right. His plan is good and pleasing and perfect.”
Students ranging in ages 5 to 18 are stepping into a world that is designed for academic growth but can simultaneously be a dim place. A place where society and the ways of this world have priority. A place that is away from their every day “safety nets”. A place where they are challenged. Students have many pressures and influences they will face day in and day out. School is the place for students to live out Romans 12:2 and be different than the world around them. As a result, they can shine the love of God to those around them. As a church family, we have the opportunity and privilege to lift these students up in prayer!
The challenge of Romans 12:2 is not only for students. At every school, no matter the grade level, there is a staff of teachers, assistants, janitorial, principals, food service, transportation and many more. These individuals have been placed in positions where they can live differently and as a result, encourage those around them to be transformed as well. The faculty’s influence is not limited to the students but extended to the many individuals they come in contact with on a daily basis. The school day is most definitely a mission field for the many people serving in our school systems. This is the second group of people that again as a church family we have the opportunity to pray for.
Take time today to lift up the many individuals involved in the new school year. Pray for them to be strong and courageous in their daily worlds, and for them to daily be transformed by God.