It’s that time of year! Many of our ministries are beginning to surge with new activities, fresh approaches, and renewed passion and direction. This time is filled with promise and expectation.
Remember that, for many of the young people in our ministries, the way they begin their academic year is important. They will make decisions and judgments that will impact their attitudes, efforts, habits, and focus. In light of that, I encourage you, your church, and your youth ministry to help young people see their academic lives as integral parts of their pursuit of Christ (Colossians 3:15-17).
With that in mind, here is a prayer you might use or provide for your students as they dedicate their academic pursuits to God’s glory.
We are grateful that you sent us your own son, Jesus. He came to earth as one of us, and also as a rabbi, or master teacher. He called us to be diligent students and to grow as he did: in wisdom, stature, and having favor with God and our neighbors.
Forgive us for too often allowing boredom, lack of discipline, laziness, and entitlement to keep us from excelling in our studies as students. May we turn from this status quo approach and bring you glory and take advantage of this opportunity in our lives to gain knowledge, wisdom, maturity, and favor with our God, our teachers, and fellow students.
We pray you will bless our schools. May they become places of lively learning, discovery, and healthy development. By your strength and mercy, grant that we devote ourselves to careful study, diligent effort, and discerning attention in our academic studies today and each day.
We ask this in the name of our master teacher, friend, and Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.
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