By Steve Horn
ALEXANDRIA, La. – Since I was four years old, this time of the year has meant “Back to School.” I have either been in school, Linett’s been teaching school, I’ve been teaching, or our boys have been in school. Many years, more than one of us were involved in school at some level. We’re still “going back to school” with Dru.
This is a time ripe for prayer.
Let me encourage us to be praying about all things “back to school.”
Pray for our teachers—What a mission field they have!
Pray for our students—Pray for their physical safety and spiritual safety.
Pray for our Baptist College, Louisiana Christian University—Dr. Brewer has indicated to me his desire to adopt our language of a “culture of evangelism.” I have the opportunity to speak to this effect at both student orientation and a faculty meeting. Pray indeed for a “culture of evangelism” to exist at LCU.
Pray for our BCM’s—You know the importance of engaging new students and reengaging returning students in the early days of this new semester.
Pray for our churches—Back to school time is prime time in the life of the local church. Ministries that have been put on pause for the summer are starting again. Pastors have been waiting to get through the summer to launch new ministries. Let’s pray for kingdom impact this fall.
The Bible tells us to pray at all times and pray for all things. The “all things” right now is “back to school.”
In a former community where I lived, a group of parents informally met once a week to pray for their children while at school. The group called themselves Wall Builders. The name came from the idea that in prayer they were building a “wall of prayer” and therefore protection.
Would you carve out some time in the next few weeks to join me intentionally in this back-to-school praying?
Steve Horn in Louisiana Baptist executive director.