“but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” Acts 1:8 NAS
I pray that you had a fun and restful Labor Day weekend with friends, family and neighbors; a weekend cookout would be a great way to strengthen your relationships with your neighbors! This Sunday is September 11th, a day that draws people together to remember and pray. You can find prayer resources at www.AwakeningAmerica.us
I also want to share another simulcast opportunity; this weekend on the anniversary of 9/11 there will be a simulcast called “If My People.” You can get more information at http://www.IfMyPeople2016.com
This week we broaden our mission field to include school campuses and the younger generation. Please understand that we are growing our mission field, NOT changing it; our neighborhood/zip code is still the center of our target. My friend, David Bidel, with the ministry, “Saturate New York” describes your neighborhood as your “Jerusalem.” The businesses, schools, government and service offices, and other people and places around your neighborhood is your “Judea.” The places and people who are not in your usual path or those who live on the outskirts of town or may be labeled “outsiders” is your “Samaria.” And of course those from and in other countries, international students, churches and culturally clustered neighborhoods are our “remotest parts of the earth.”
The month of September will be dedicated to loving our campuses and younger generation. Your opportunities to be the hands and feet of Christ on local campuses are vast. It is also one more way to come together as neighbors to pray, care and share together. This week we will focus on prayer.
The first thing we all can do is pray for our schools; pray for them by name, for the administration, staff, teachers, students and all of the families touched by the school. www.PrayForSchools.com has a 30 day prayer guide to help you pray for your neighborhood schools. We can gather as neighbors and pray, we can prayer walk the campuses, pray for students each time you see a school bus or drive through a school zone, and we can prompt our church to pray for our schools. Sunday, September 18, 2016 is Pray for Schools Sunday. I urge you to speak with your Pastor about praying for schools that Sunday and you can gather neighbors together to pray at your neighborhood schools or united in your neighborhood. Another great resource is Moms in Prayer, formerly known as Moms in Touch. www.MomsInPrayer.org provides resources for moms to meet weekly and pray for their children’s schools pre-K through college.
Cover every aspect of your schools in prayer; this includes attending the school board meetings and praying over the superintendent and school board. You should know these people by name, know about their background as well as their personal and professional lives; after all, they are making the decisions about your children’s education, and your neighborhood’s “value” is highly reflective of the reputation and success of your neighborhood schools.
Teachers and staff can legally meet and pray together on their campus. Christian Educators Association International offers a free weekly devotional for educators to use at their prayer meetings as well as a daily devotional for personal encouragement and many other resources on their website at www.ceai.org. You can share this resource with your children’s teachers or friends and neighbors who are educators.
There are many opportunities for students to pray and express their faith on campus from elementary school through college. I will share more about that and Christian clubs on campus in a couple of weeks, but I do want to mention See You at the Pole (SYATP). For twenty-five years, students have gathered around their school flagpole on the fourth Wednesday of September to pray for their generation, school, friends, families, churches, and communities. It is a powerful day for students to profess their Christian faith publically at their school and cry out to Jesus in unity with fellow students. Make sure your children and grandchildren know about SYATP and encourage them to pray for their schools every day. You can find out more at www.syatp.org.
I challenge you to pray for every campus, including colleges and universities in your zip code and prompt other people in different zip codes to pray for their schools, so that every campus is consistently prayed for by the end of the year 2020.
Love is a verb…let’s get moving!