End of Summer Prayer Vigil Guide

August 3-4, 2018 from 8pm to 8pm
Wesley Prayer Chapel

Thank you for participating the Athens End of the Summer Prayer Vigil. This is going to be an amazing gathering of churches and groups from around Athens, joining together to pray with one voice, for the students going back to school in the very near future (some have already started). While putting this guide together I asked various pastors, campus ministers and prayer leaders what they thought should be included. Their suggestions include what they have been praying for already and want to invite us to join them. So, as you pray, see that you are agreeing with others who are praying the same things!!! There’s power in the prayer of agreement!

Please use this guide as a guide. It is meant to be a launch pad to pray for the students whom God has put on your heart. Pray as the Holy Spirit leads you (Romans 8:26-27) and realize that He takes your little and makes much of it! At the end of this guide there are scriptures and promises you can pray over your students as well as over their campuses. Feel free to pray for other students, campuses and faculty across Athens. We are crying out for a movement of God in all the schools in our city.

Don’t feel like you have to pray for every aged student. If you have elementary students, you have a greater identification for them. You probably know the teachers and key leaders, and you probably know the specific things that need to shift (for God) on that campus. Go for it, with laser precision, shoot those prayer missiles where they need to go. And believe big, because your prayers (and all that will ascend to the Throne of Grace this weekend) WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

As you pray, please include home schools and special needs students and teachers. They are often forgotten, but these teachers need extra grace to carry their load and these kids at home and special children need a grace to learn and to experience God’s love.

One last thing, it is our desire that on every campus and at every school, there would be a spirit filled witness for Christ. Ultimately, we are praying for every student and their teachers and faculty, from elementary through college, to come to a saving, life transforming, intimate relationship with Jesus Christ

1 Timothy 2:3-4 (NLT)
This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.

2 Peter 3:9 (NIV)
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

I – Elementary
Here are some areas that elementary children need prayer…

Pray that they would make wise choices. Pray that they would gather around them friends who will lift them up instead of tearing them down or leading them astray.

Pray that they would show grace and kindness to others. That other students would see Jesus in them.

Pray that they would remain strong in tough times. That though they are young, they would be strong in the Spirit. Ask the Holy Spirit to fill them and lead them.

Pray that they would choose to help others in need, instead of ignoring or being a part of the problem. Ask God to expose bullies and release deep healing and a desire to build up each other instead of tearing down.

Pray that they would walk in truth and love. That they would learn to speak the truth at all times, but with love.

Pray that they would stand up for what they believe in even when others won’t. That they would be strong and courageous, instead of fearful and timid.

Pray that they would ask for help when they are feeling pressured. That they would seek to please God and not their friends.

Pray that they would know that they are beautiful children of God and that they were created with a purpose. Ask God to grant them a sense of identity of who they really are.

Pray for Dove Creek as it is a new elementary school in Oconee county. It is opening this month (August). There are lots of great vibes around it.

Pray for peace and adjustment in the midst of lots of changes in the Oconee county school district. There is a lot of shuffling in Oconee county with teachers and students this school year (in light of the new school opening). The existing elementary schools will be smaller in enrollment which will be good though there is a lot of change.

Malcom Bridge Elementary has a new principal —Ms Haygood.. She was the VP. Pray that God would grant her grace and courage as she steps up and that she would be a great principal!

Ten prayers for children in public schools
Please use these prayers to be a launch pad to pray deeper into these topics. From the NavPress prayer card, excerpted from Pray!, issue #20, © 2002 Ida Rose Heckard. https://www.navigators.org/ten-prayers-for-public-schools/ 

Love. “Father, may the students and staff of this school experience Your love through the Christians they know in profound and authentic ways” (John 13:35).

Truth. “Lord, release truth in this school. Help students to rightly discern truth and not believe false teachings” (Proverbs 23:23).

School board. “I pray blessings on each school board member (try to pray for them by name). Father, may your will be done at board meetings” (Romans 13:1).

Principal. “May (name of principal) recognize the God-given responsibility he/she has for the best interests of the children who attend the school. May (name of principal) walk in wisdom, integrity, grace, and truth” (Proverbs 2:1-11).

Failing students. “Lord, I ask you to encourage those children who are struggling with their studies. Strengthen their minds. Help their teachers and parents know how to help them learn. Protect them from feelings of worthlessness and shame” (1 Thessalonians 5:14).

Violence. “Lord, stay the hand of violence against the children and staff of this school. Dismantle any plan to bring harm to them. Expose any weapon brought into the school premises and render it harmless” (Psalm 34:7; 54:1).

Christian programs. “Father, I pray for abundant blessings on programs that bring Christ into this public school. Help the groups who sponsor such programs function according to your Word and in harmony with each other. Bless the leaders and bring forth new and growing believers” (1 Corinthians 12:12-13).

Christian students. “Grant the Christian students who attend this school wisdom and boldness in living out their faith. Help them share effectively the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ with their classmates” (1 Timothy 4:12).

A chosen generation. “Father, may your kingdom come. From the students at this school, raise up a generation of people who worship you in spirit and in truth” (John 4:23-24; 1 Peter 2:9).

 An open door. “Lord, may there be an open door in this school for the gospel to be shared with students and staff. Allow full advantage to be taken of every opportunity to name the name of Jesus” (Matthew 7:7; 1 Corinthians 16:9).

Elementary Schools in Athens (principal/headmaster/head of school)
Alps Road Elementary School (Anita Lumpkin-Barnett)
Athens Academy (John Thorsen)
Athens Christian School (Steve Cummings)
Athens Montessori School – PreK thru Middle School
Barnett Shoals Elementary School (Jennifer Scott)
Barrow Elementary School (Ellen Sabatini)
Chase Street Elementary School (Andrea Neher)
Dove Elementary School (Heather Landrum)
Fowler Drive Elementary (Anissa Johnson)
Gaines Elementary School (Robert Try Ezekiel)
Howard B Stroud Elementary School (Stacie Carson)
Malcolm Bridge Elementary School (Jennifer Haygood)
Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary School (Scarlett Dunne)
Prince Ave Christian School (Seth Hathaway)
Rutland Academy – school for special needs students
St Joseph Catholic School – Pre K thru Middle School (Theresa Napoli)
Timothy Road Elementary School (Kena Worthy)
Waseca Learning Environment
Westminster Christian Academy (Jared Clark)
Whitehead Road Elementary School (Luther McDonald)
Various Home Schools

II – Middle School and High School
Here are some areas that Middle School and High School students need prayer…

Pray that students would make wise selections of friends, that they would find Jesus in the busyness of life, that they would influence friends for Christ, and that a movement for Christ would start.

Pray that students would break through with other students, that students would choose to follow Jesus rather than the world, that God would be glorified and for the Spirit to move on each campus.

Pray for FCA and Young Life as they press into these campuses. Pray that God would give them favor with the students, and for a rich harvest of disciples being plugged into Athens churches.

Pray for the Clarke Central football team (the coaches and players), that something powerful could happen on that team soon. In fact, pray that for all the schools.

Pray for the students at North Oconee High School, where it is repeatedly said that students are apathetic and entitled there. Please pray for revival there and for the hearts of the faculty to be renewed for their students.

Recently, two young men who just graduated from NOHS died – one was in a tragic vehicle accident a few days ago and the other drowned last month. Also, just last week a female High School student was seriously injured at the lake. There is much grieving and confusion. Please pray that God would meet those students and faculty in very tangible ways, and that He would turn “what the enemy meant for evil into good!”

A prayer for your Middle School or High School student
Here is an amazing prayer you can pray for your child. This crafted by Mark & Jill Herringshaw – http://www.beliefnet.com/columnists/prayerplainandsimple/2015/08/a-prayer-for-my-high-school-student.html#mY0YHjgts2jil1x7.99

Gracious Heavenly Father,

As my child prepares for another year of (Middle or) High School, hear my cry!

First, I thank You for my child. What a gift you have given. Please grant me wisdom to raise this child aright.

Please remove all obstacles that stand in the way of my child’s rich understanding of your grace, forgiveness, and unfathomable love.

Strengthen my child in the faith! Make my child an influencer in school, not a follower of the status quo, not a peer-pleaser, but a God-pleaser, not a grumbler or complainer, but one with a grateful heart, not idle and lazy, but hardworking and happy, not entitled to anything but the promises You have written in Your Word, not prone to addiction except to be addicted to the joy only Your Holy Spirit can give. Grant friends whose hearts align with Yours. Send your protective angels to prevent injuries. Give creativity and ingenuity. Grant a generous helping of a hunger to learn, never satisfied, never abated, always seeking for Truth, and never stopping short of discovering the order and beauty You have created in the universe.

May Your great Kingdom values be alive and well in my child – righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit, with the hallmark of love as value #1.

And ditto for this parent! May I model all the virtues I want so much to celebrate in the life of my child. May I model You, dear Lord.

All this is about You. All this is for You. For the King and for His Kingdom!

Amen.

Middle Schools and High Schools in Athens
Pray for the principals, coaches and influential adults (listed below) on the various campuses…

Athens Academy (John Thorsen, Josh Alexander – head football coach)
Athens Christian School (Steve Cummings, Aaron Gibbs – spiritual life director)
Athens High and Industrial School
Athens Montessori School (Warren McPherson)
Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle School (Makeba Clark)
The Career Academy
Cedar Shoals High School (Derrick Maxwell)
Clarke Middle School (Tad McMillan)
Clarke Central High School (Swade Huff, David Perno – head football coach, Jon Ward – Athletic Director, Aaron Cavin – FCA leader)
Classic City High School (Katrina Daniel)
Coile Middle School (Marsha Thomas)
Foothills Charter High School
Hilsman Middle School (Utevia Tolbert)
Master’s Academy
Monsignor Donovan Catholic High School (Paul Gessner)
North Oconee High School (Phillip Brown, Coach Aurandt – head football coach)
Oconee County Middle School (Keith Carter)
Oconee High School (Ben Wiggins, Coach Nolan – head football coach)
Prince Ave Christian School (Seth Hathaway, Coach Vandegriff – football coach), Will Cantrell – basketball coach)
Rutland Academy – school for special needs students
St Joseph Catholic School – Middle School (Theresa Napoli)
Westminster Christian Academy (Jared Clark)
Various Home Schools

III – College
Here are some areas that college students need prayer…

Pray that every school (including the various ones at UGA, would have a bold, spirit filled witness among the students and faculty members who would stand with them.

Pray that students would get plugged in quickly into a campus ministry and a local church and not be lured into the world; and that Christian students would be bold to reach out to the lost students around them in their classes.

Pray for smart choices by our students. Pray that they wouldn’t come to college with preconceived notions about the party life and automatically fall into that lifestyle, but that God would lead them into paths of righteousness and relationship with Him and His followers.

Pray for the 5000+ incoming freshmen to get involved in ministries and local churches quickly. Pray that this freshmen class would include men and women whom the Lord will raise up to be strong leaders on campus and collegiate ministries, and maybe even leaders of church youth ministries/groups.

Pray for the many transfer students. They are essentially an unreached demographic on our campus. Many come to college as older students and live off campus. By that time, most friend groups are already cemented, so these students have a hard time finding relationships or a place to belong. Pray that God would connect them to believers, a campus ministry and a local church.

Pray for the international students. Though we don’t have a huge international student population, we have a large first-generation immigrant population. Many student’s come to UGA whose parents immigrated. Many grew up in an environment with limited exposure to a clear presentation of the Gospel. Pray for divine connections with these students that lead to relationships centered around Christ. Pray also for those students who will be returning to their home nations – that the fire of God would be within them as they go with more than just an education! Pray for the ministries that specifically focus on international students.

Pray that the Lord will bring revival across the UGA campus, the Athens and Oconee schools, and Athens as a whole AND that we’d see more people come to Christ this year than we ever have before!

Pray that the Lord would provide necessary funding and other resources for ministries to be able to minister and carry out the call the Lord has given them (some ministries are currently experiencing funding-related hardships).

Pray that the Lord would fill the hearts of all believers in Athens, on all of the campuses, etc. with a burning desire to reach the lost and help disciple growing Christians. That all believers would yearn to be laborers for Jesus!

Pray for peace, order and heavenly wisdom within the administration of UGA. Pray for the President of UGA, Dr. Morehead, and the Deans. They are consistently bombarded with issues that plague our campus. Many of these have spiritual implications and affect the Gospel witness on our campus. Ask God to bring wise counsel to them and silence the counsel that would block or hinder the kingdom from advancing on campus. Ask God to give them boldness to do what is right and moral, not just what seems right to man!

Pray for all the campus ministries, including the various works being done in the Greek houses. These campus ministries include but are not limited to… Wesley, CRU, Team United, InterVarsity, Navigators, RUF, BCM,… Pray for the various chaplains who work with the athletic teams.

Pray for the local churches in Athens that have a college ministry. For wisdom, favor, boldness, focus, and fruitfulness.

Pray for greater unity on campus, specifically with campus ministries and local churches. Pray for outreach ministries such as The Great Exchange, that God would give them favor as they witness to students!

A prayer for your college student
Here is an amazing prayer you can use to pray for your college son or daughter. This crafted by Kristi Woods – https://www.ibelieve.com/faith/pray-these-3-bold-prayers-to-help-protect-your-college-student.html

Father, thank you for my student. This life you’ve woven in them is wonderful. During this school year, whether it’s in the dorm adjusting to their roommates, standing on the marching band or athletic field, sitting in a classroom, or staring at their homework, may my student park their thoughts on you. Protect my child against self-harm, failure, depression, and laziness. Surround them with your truth concerning drugs, alcohol, sex, and faith. Close the door on blame, bad-mouthing, judgment, and condemnation. May they consider and cherish, instead, what is true, allowing your perfect love to cast out all fear. May they dwell on all that’s honorable, just, pure, and lovely. May he/she toss aside the bad, clinging to the good – especially when it comes to relationships and their future with you. May virtue and praise echo in their mind and be reflected in their words and actions (Philippians 4:8).

Lord, you’ve given my student the ability to communicate, and it is good. May their words be acceptable in your sight. When they attempt to muffle or stuff words out of fear or uncertainty, may they be brave and allow godly communication its opportunity. When they face a tough conversation, I pray they persevere, continuing to trust you. Most importantly, Lord, may my young woman/man communicate with you on a regular basis. I pray they seek you and nourish a desire to hear your voice daily (Psalm 19:14).

Lord, you have made the eye for your purposes. With wisdom you beautifully knit each one.  May my child guard their eyes well. I pray they’ll grab wisdom, allowing it to filter what they choose to see and not see. May understanding lead their focus, causing them to turn from situations formatted by darkness. May they, instead, allow the light of your Word to filter their sight concerning friends, dates, movies, educational content, and any situation in which their eyes are involved (Proverbs 17:24).

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Colleges in Athens

Athens College of Ministry
Athens Tech
Piedmont College
University of North Georgia
University of Georgia (various schools and colleges at UGA are listed below)

>College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
>College of Education
>College of Engineering
>College of Environment and design
>College of Family and Consumer Sciences
>College of Pharmacy
>College of Public Health
>College of Veterinary Medicine
>Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
>Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication
>Odum School of Ecology
>School of Law
>School of Public and International Affairs
>School of Social Work
>Terry College of Business
>Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

Promises and scriptures to pray over the students, the campuses and the influential leaders on the campuses

2 Chronicles 7:14 (NLT)
Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.

Isaiah 64:1 (NLT)
Oh, that you would burst from the heavens and come down!
How the mountains would quake in your presence!

Habakkuk 3:2 (NIV)
Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord.
Repeat them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.

Matthew 6:9-10 (NLT)
Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy.
May your Kingdom come soon! May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.

John 10:10 (ESV)
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

Psalm 119:9 (NIV)
How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word.

Proverbs 22:6 (ESV)
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Galatians 5:19-23 (NLT)
When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

Ephesians 1:16-18 (NLT)
I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, 17 asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. 18 I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.