Prayer for our Teachers

Good morning,  

For the last couple of weeks, we have been focusing our prayers on the upcoming school year and the schools in our region. This week I want us to specifically pray for all of the teachers in our schools that are believers.  

It has been estimated that there are well over 500,000 Christian teachers in public schools. Many of them have felt intimidated by court rulings against religious expression and at times have been silenced by our culture’s ambivalence toward moral absolutes. However, limitations don’t change the fact that the Spirit of God resides within them and is working through them – through caring interactions with students and living out their faith day by day; through effective teaching that enables students to develop their unique, God-given gifts; through teaching commonly accepted values, such as honesty, respect, and caring for others; and through teaching about religion within the curriculum. Pray that Christian teachers will have a tremendous impact on the lives of their students and positively influence the cultures, values, and spiritual environments of their schools. 

Lord, I ask You to empower all believers in education to be Your shining light in schools by being role models and mentors. I pray for teachers to have the wisdom, knowledge, and skills to teach students and make their classrooms places where students learn not only knowledge but also morality and integrity. 

 I pray that teachers and school administrative leaders would understand that they have a great responsibility as they train our nation’s future leaders. Holy Spirit, fill the lives of the teachers with Your presence, and by their shining examples, I ask You to draw young people to follow Jesus. Amen. 

“Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”  Matthew 5:16 

Thanks again for partnering with me in prayer!  

Pastor Wes 

 

 

Praying for our Schools Part 2

Good morning friends, 

Again, I want to say a great big thank you for partnering with me in prayer! Like I mentioned last week, we are going to spend a handful of weeks focusing on praying for the schools in our region. 

Today, I wanted to pass along a great prayer tool provided by, The Navigators.  This is an excellent resource that I hope will help you as you pray for great things for our 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 for 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).

Thanks for standing in the gap on behalf of our schools!

Onward, 

Pastor Wes

Prayer for our schools

Good afternoon!

I pray this email finds you doing well. I want to welcome the many new people who decided this past Sunday to join our “Partners in Prayer” group. I firmly believe that God still honors the prayers of those that make the time to talk to Him on behalf of themselves and of others. What a privilege we have to come to God in prayer, knowing He wants to hear from us!

More than ever our schools need our prayers. Students coming from difficult situations, cuts in funding, bullying, violence, peer pressure, addiction, increased suicide rates among our young people are just some of the reasons we should be diligent in our prayer for our schools. So, let’s begin this week by praying for our students, teachers, administrators, and staff that they can:

  • Deal with stress in healthy ways
  • Make good decisions
  • Be forgiving
  • Be kind and loving
  • Be thankful
  • Have energy and joy
  • Work with excellence
  • Be thoughtful of other people
  • Do the right thing, even if others aren’t
  • Get help when they are hurting
  • Come to know Jesus

The above are just a few prayer points to get us going. Let us be persistent in our prayer and let’s believe that God is able to do more than we can ever hope for or imagine!

1 John 5:14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.

Thanks for standing in the gap for our schools!

Onward,

Pastor Wes

Chase the Lion

Good Morning!

I pray that this email finds you doing well. 

Over the last few years, I have had a few opportunities to get to know Pastor and well-known author,  Mark Batterson. Mark is doing a great job in Washington D.C. pastoring and writing books that are really making a difference in the lives of many. 

Possibly my favorite book of his is “Chase the Lion”, and in that book, there is a paragraph that perpetually challenges my soul.

Would you take a moment to read it and allow it to shape your prayer time this morning? 

“Quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death. Run to the roar. Set God-sized dreams. Pursue God-given passions. Go after a dream that is destined to fail without divine intervention.  Stop pointing out the problems. Become part of the solution. Stop repeating the past. Start creating the future. Face your fears. Fight for your dreams. Grab opportunity by the mane and don’t let it go. Live like today is the first day and the last day of your life. Burn sinful bridges. Blaze new trails. Live for the applause of nail-scarred hands. Don’t let what’s wrong with you keep you from worshipping God. Dare to fail. Dare to be different. Quit holding out. Quit holding back. Quit running away.

… Chase the Lion.”

Praying for you!

Pastor Wes

The Lord’s Prayer Guide 

Good morning!  

Having a personal prayer plan can enhance your prayer experience. In Matthew 6:9-13, Jesus teaches believers to pray in a certain way. A plan will provide direction and focus in your prayer life. Our desire should be to encounter the God who answers prayer. Believers should resist the temptation to allow this or any other plan to become a means to an end. Jesus warns against prayer being treated as simply a ritual or religious activity (see Matt. 6:7-8). 

For the next handful of weeks, I am going to use this prayer guide to help me journey into a season of focused prayer for many things in my life, and the direction for Harvest. I thought I would pass it along to you and see if you may want to jump in on this prayer journey and see what God would have for us… 

The Lord’s Prayer Guide

“This, then, is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”  Matthew 6:9-13 

Introduction: “Teach us to pray” 

  •  Matt. 6:9 “Pray after this manner.” 
  • Luke 11:2 “When you pray, say…” 

Our Father which art in Heaven

  • “Father,” He is the creative source of us and all things. 
  •  “Our Father,” we belong to a family of like persons created in His image. 
  •  “Which art,” God exists in the historic past, and is present, today, in the here and now. 
  • God is “in heaven,” a perfect place positioned above all powers and principalities. 

Hallowed be Thy Name

  • Jehovah Jireh (Gen 22:13,14) the Lord will provide (El Shaddai) The all-sufficient one
  • Jehovah Rapha (Exodus 15:26) the Lord that heals (Elohim) Strong One
  • Jehovah Nissi (Exodus 17:15) the Lord our banner (Jehovah Sabaoth) Lord of Host
  • Jehovah Shalom (Judges 6:24) the Lord our peace (El Elyon) Most High God
  • Jehovah Ra-ah (Psalm 23:1) the Lord is my shepherd (Adonai), Lord
  • Jehovah Tsidkenu (Jeremiah 23:6) the Lord our righteousness (M’Kaddesh) Lord My Sanctifier
  • Jehovah Shammah (Ezekiel 48:35) the Lord is present (El Olam) The Everlasting God 

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven

  • God’s kingdom comes to me, to each member of my family, to my friends, to our church, and to our community. 
  • Pray for God’s will to be done in every area of your life, Call the names of persons for whom you’re praying, and for those who are in authority. (Pastor, Mayor, governor, Congress, President. 1 Timothy 2:1,2) 
  • Praise God for His kingdom, power and glory manifested in our world. 

Give us this day our daily bread

(Deut. 8:18; Gen 12:2-3; Deut. 28:1-13) 

  • Pray specifically for God’s daily provision for your family. (Philippians 4:19) 
  • Pray specifically for others who are on your prayer list for financial needs. 
  • Pray specifically for provision for your church, and other ministries. 
  • Praise God for His promised and demonstrated the provision of daily bread. 

Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us (Matt 6:14,15; John 20:23) 

  •  Release anyone who has wronged you by vocalizing forgiveness in God’s presence. 
  • Search your heart to confess any sin in your life, and receive His restorative forgiveness. (Psalm 51)
  • Praise God for the forgiveness of sin and unhindered fellowship in Him. (Psalm 32) 

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil

  • Pray that the Lord leads you through the day so you can avoid all the traps of temptation that Satan has laid for you. (Matt 26:41; 1 Cor 10:13) 
  • Claim God’s deliverance from the “evil one.”  
  • Rebuke the evil powers of the North, South, East, and West. Release spiritual prisoners. Pray for the harvest. (Matt 9:38; Luke 10:2) Pray in the ones delivered. (Isaiah 43:1-7; Psalm 107:1-9)  
  • Rejoice in the Heavens being opened. (Luke 3:21-22) 
  • Put on the Christian Soldier’s armor (Ephesians 6:11-19), to be prepared for the continuous prayer watch (vs 18-19) 
  • Girdle (belt) of truth
  • Breastplate of righteousness
  • Shoes of preparation of the gospel of peace
  • Shield of faith
  • The helmet of Salvation (1 Cor 2:16; Rom 12:2) 
  • Sword of the Spirit (Heb 4:12) 
  • Praise God for guiding your steps so as to avoid the snares of the evil one. (Psalm 37:23) 

For thine is the Kingdom and the power, and the glory forever. Amen

  • Begin in praise, continue in praise, and conclude in praise. 
  • “So be it!” 

Conclusion: 

After exploring His nature in prayer, we find answers for our nature. We are the mirror image of Him! (Gen 1:27)