"Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective." James 5:16 NIV
How much time does your college group spend in prayer? How much time do you spend in prayer? Most of us would easily say that prayer is important, but our actions often communicate something different. Our students need to see that prayer is important to us by the way that we pray and the priority we give prayer in our ministry.
Plan to pray. Let's face it, in most cases, more people will show up for a movie night fellowship than they will to pray. Don't let that discourage you from planning times to pray. If you make prayer a regularly scheduled time, you will grow your prayer group.
Help them see the needs. James 4:2 tells us, "you do not have because you do not ask God." Remind students to bring their requests to God and to the group. Continually ask. Create an online prayer group through social media, Facebook, messenger, etc. Post prayer requests in prominent places so that students can easily see there are needs for which to pray. Help them see needs beyond themselves in their church, on their campuses, and around the world.
Celebrate answered prayer. Students need to know that prayer is effective. Often after the request has passed, we forget about the answer that came. The sickness that was healed, the test that was passed, the answer that someone needed. Follow up and let students know how prayers were answered. Build in testimonies to worship times that share answered prayers.
Pray with them. Jesus modeled prayer for his disciples by praying. He prayed with them, for them and taught them to pray. When you plan a prayer night, pray with your students. Share things you are praying for personally. Pray for them.
Most of our churches in the US are greatly deficient in prayer. If we are going to change that, we must help this collegiate generation become men and women of prayer. We must be teaching and modeling prayer with our students. How will you make prayer a priority in your ministry?
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