Last week I mentioned how women gathered to pray for their children and the Detroit Public School system and other school systems on the last Saturday in August early in the morning at 7 A.M.. You will see below a video of one of the fervent prayers that went forth. It will bless your soul. I forgot to mention that some fathers gathered with us to pray as well. That touched my heart to see fathers praying for their children and calling for other fathers to pray for and take a stand for their children. These fathers challenged fathers to join them in walking their children to school on the first day of school.

Our community and cities around the world must cry out to the Lord for the students, teachers and school staff in their congregations and those who participate in the educational system. I praise God for the influence and impact of our collective prayers on the students and staff. Cry out today “Lord bless our schools”, See Lam 2:19 and then also specifically and scripturally pray the prayers below or as led by the Holy Spirit.

Through prayer, families, our children’s lives, and our world can be changed. God will show us how to use the power that believers have within through the Holy Spirit to transform our schools and deliver them from violence, disorganization, and poor administration. Through united consistent prayer, God will give us the power, wisdom, knowledge, and creativity to solve the many school problems that plague our city schools and school board. We must put what I call “some feet on our prayers”. Through prayer the right leaders will arise to enable the community to come together to take productive and strategic action.

What can you do first of all? Pray. Wednesday I will identify other action steps you can take.

Listen to the fervent heartfelt prayer of Minister Jacqui Showers for our students and school system. After the video, I listed specific prayers you can pray for our children. Pray them. Wednesday I will give prayer points to pray for teachers and the administration followed up with prayers for parents. Please let me know if you are joining in prayer with me for our children.

• Daily pray for the safety of our children and that God will deliver them from evil and thwart every scheme of the enemy. Lord we pray that you cover the children and youth through the blood and “stay the hand of violence against the children and staff of the school. Dismantle any plan to bring harm to them. Expose any weapon brought on the school premises and render it harmless”. (From Power-Packed Prayers for Public Schools by Ida Rose Heckard)

• Pray for those students that experience rejection and bullying from other students and teachers. Pray that God deliver them from evil and bind and cast out violence and degradation. Ask God to provide children with people that love and respect them unconditionally. (John 13:34; Romans 15:7) Pray that the school is sensitive to these issues and address them effectively.

• Pray that our children will be open to learning new knowledge and to acquire both secular and spiritual knowledge. Pray that God would give them the wisdom to know how to understand and use that knowledge and they use it rightly and for good. (Proverbs 22:6) (2 Timothy 2:15)

• Pray for our sons and daughters to make wise choices and to develop solid friendships with those who are following God. (Psalms 144; 12-15)

• Pray for relief of those children who are homeless and need shelter, food and health care. Pray that Christ will restore their home for the future. (Psalms 107:41)

• Ask God to cause your children to be examples for believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. (I Timothy 4:12).

• Pray for those students that are struggling academically. Ask God to encourage them and strengthen their minds. Pray that God will give their teachers and parent’s wisdom to know how to best help them learn.

• Pray that students will not feel like failures, but will learn discipline and know that God loves them. (I Thessalonians 5:14)

• Pray that the Lord encourage those children who have special needs and “who have struggled with their studies to strengthen their minds. Help the teachers and parents know how to help them learn and protect them from feelings of worthlessness and shame. ( I Thess 5:14)” (From Ida Rose Heckard)

Pray Fervently,
By Linda D. Fegins
Former (14yrs.) Prayer Director/Coordinator, Lydia Circle of Christian Professional and Business Women
Intercessory Prayer Leader for Messiah Baptist Church