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PRAYERS FOR STUDENTS IN 2020-2021

    [The following prayer guide can be adapted for students in various school settings – public school, homeschool, college, etc.  Prayer points are listed for each day of the month to be repeated throughout the school year.]

    This school year is unlike any other in American history, fraught with new challenges for students.  This guide can help you pray for God’s power and protection over them.

    Let us pray for…

    1  Your student to seek God during moments of stress today, casting their cares on God rather than carrying the burden on their own.

    2  Your student to cultivate an attitude of humility when it comes to following the additional safety protocols the school and community have put in place.

    3  The teachers who will interact with your student today, that God would give them grace and patience.

    4  Your student’s friends to be a positive influence on their lives, encouraging each other toward righteousness and productivity.

    5  Administrators and decision makers in your district to be wise when it comes to COVID-19 rules and the concerns of parents in the community.

    6  Your student to find opportunities today for shining the light of Jesus in dark places – where there is hopelessness, loneliness, or sadness.

    7  The staff who are charged with sanitizing school buildings and implementing CDC and state-level guidelines.

    8  Teachers who are under pressure from non-compliant students, frustrated parents, and community expectations – all on top of “the usual.”

    9  Sports coaches, music teachers, and others who are contending with COVID-19 restrictions and still trying to make the year a positive experience for all involved.

    10  Your student to be a witness for the Gospel wherever they are today, to offer hope and joy to others.

    11  The academic progress of your student, that they would grow in both knowledge and wisdom.

    12  The spiritual interest of the student body, that God would bring revival and awakening to the school and to the culture surrounding it.

    13  Your student’s future – expectations for career, college, vehicles, and other plans.

    14  Student ministries that serve in your community, that God would give them vision, provision, and grace for their work.

    15  Your student to repent from any sins, known or hidden, and to fully surrender to Jesus in every area of life.

    16  Outreach opportunities for your student to demonstrate God’s love to others.

    17  Health and safety for your student, as they come into contact with viruses and diseases in the community.

    18  Creative solutions for funding challenges that many schools are experiencing in the wake of the pandemic and the resulting loss of tax revenue.

    19  Your student’s honesty before God, as they are under so much pressure to conform to the world and its way of thinking.

    20  The principal of your student’s school, that they would experience the grace of God during whatever complexities they encounter today.

    21  The personal lives of the educators who serve your student, that they would experience health, joy, and personal fulfillment in their jobs and families.

    22  Your student’s sense of priorities as they face the day, that God would grow a kingdom-first mentality in their heart.

    23  Your student’s sense of spiritual hunger, that they would look to God for vision, morality, and purpose today.

    24  Protection for your student against the spiritual, physical, and emotional dangers that lurk at school and in the community.

    25  Vision for teachers, administrators, and political decision makers regarding your student’s education, safety, and next steps.

    26  Your student’s prayer life, that he or she would feel a close connection to God and a strong desire for a personal devotional life.

    27  A group of peers who are believers to come alongside your student as friends and encouragers.

    28  Understanding in the heart of your student as it pertains to the pandemic, the unrest in the world, and how to keep the right perspective.

    29  A passion for missions and revival to be birthed in the heart of your student today, as they see the many needs of our world.

    30  Everyone involved at the school to sense God’s presence and power around them, and that many would respond to the Gospel.

    – LifeAction.org

 

WAR-RAVAGED YEMEN

    Yemen, an Arab country located at the southwestern corner of the Arabian Peninsula, has been locked in a terrible war for six years that has created the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.  This war has killed more than 100,000 people and pushed throngs of already impoverished people toward starvation.  Millions of Yemenis face each day with uncertainty, not knowing if they will have food for the day.  The war has displaced more than 3.65 million people from their homes.

    There seems to be no rest from violence and crises for some of these poorest people on earth.  Nearly 80 percent of Yemen’s population are considered in need of aid.  The country has some of the highest malnutrition rates in the world.  An estimated 2 million children are acutely malnourished, including almost 360,000 children under five years old who are struggling to survive.

    The COVID-19 pandemic adds more uncertainty to the situation in Yemen as the poor face impossible scenarios:  stay at home and starve, or leave home to try to earn a meager living and risk contracting the virus.  The crumbled infrastructure and poor healthcare system is taking its toll on the people’s health.  Almost 18 million people do not have enough clean water or access to adequate sanitation.  The country has also faced the largest cholera outbreak ever recorded, with over 2 million cases and almost 4,000 deaths since 2016.

    – From Christian Aid Ministries and other sources.

    Please pray for Christian Aid Ministries (CAM) and other organizations and ministries seeking to share the love of Jesus in this dark and difficult part of the world.  Pray for efforts to provide food, water systems for clean drinking water, and other desperately needed aid.

 

LEBANON

    Lebanon continues to recover from the catastrophe in August when a stockpile of dangerous chemicals in Beirut’s port caught fire and exploded.  The shockwave shattered glass around the city, killed nearly 200 people, and left at least 300,000 people homeless.  One ministry leader with Heart For Lebanon reports that while there are some parts where you would not know the blast happened, there are “other areas that are totally devastated and probably won’t get fixed for a long time because they’re going to be extremely expensive.”  Some people continue to deal with trauma over the devastation while others are dealing with anger over a government that would allow such a thing to happen.  This tragedy is compounded by the fact that the people of Lebanon are already dealing with the pandemic, the refugee crisis, and with economic collapse.

    – mnnonline.org.  Information by permission from Mission Network News.

    Pray for organizations and ministries such as Heart For Lebanon, as well as local churches, that are working to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the people of Beirut and throughout the country of Lebanon.  Pray for the Lord to give His people much wisdom, favor and special provision as they go about sharing the love of Christ to those in such great need.  Pray that in His great mercy He will bring many people to salvation during this time.

   

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

    As the world wrestles with a global pandemic, children around the world need hope now more than ever.  One special outreach by Samaritan’s Purse to children each year is the distribution of gift-filled Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes that help show them God’s love and provide an opportunity to communicate the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Please pray for the Lord’s special provision for this outreach, and that many millions of children (and their families) will encounter His love for them.

 

MIDDLE EAST PEACE

    In September the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain became only the third and fourth Arab countries to establish diplomatic relations with Israel, following Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994.  President Trump called the recent agreement “the dawn of a new Middle East.”

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he saw only good results from the historic agreement.  “We’re fighting Iran and the radicals who are trying to overthrow our order in the Middle East, subjugate people, propagate terrorism.  So this is good for peace, good for security, good for prosperity.  I think it is good for the United States and good for Israel.”

    The agreement opens the door for other Arab countries in the region to sign accords normalizing relations with Israel.  Not surprisingly, Iran, the Palestinian Authority, and Turkey have condemned the agreements made with Israel.

    – Christian Headlines and CBN Israel.  

    As the Bible calls us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Psa. 126:22), let us give thanks for the measure of peace these agreements (and any future agreements between Arab nations and Israel) will bring to the region.  At the same time, however, let us be all the more watchful, knowing that such peace agreements could have prophetic undertones as the Bible describes end-time events occurring in a time of relative peace in the region.  And let us continue to pray for true peace for the region and beyond which comes only through Jesus Christ.

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