Many of our grandchildren are attending college and universities, some are Christian, and some are secular colleges. The grandchildren attending secular universities are taught a secular worldview and probably navigating ungodly influences. We need to pray for our grandchildren’s deep spiritual needs, the needs of their souls.
Barna Research President, David Kinnaman’s new book writes in his new book
Faith for Exiles. The percentage of young-adult dropouts has increased from 59 to 64 percent. Nearly two-thirds of U.S. 18–29-year-olds who grew up in church tell Barna they have withdrawn from church involvement as an adult after having been active as a child or teen.
I would like to encourage you to pray for the campus where your grandchild is attending. Pray he/she will get involved in a Christian college ministry on their campus for Christian fellowship and community.
Let’s pray the next generation will have the passion and energy to be godly leaders to change the world. The following are suggestions to you can pray.
WHAT TO PRAY FOR:
- ASK GOD WHAT HE’S ALREADY DOING THERE—
- Do some listening prayer, asking God questions such as,
- “Lord, what are YOU praying for this campus?”
- “Who are you moving in here right now?”
- “What are the barriers to your work here?”
Spend time listening and write down anything you hear or feel.
* PRAY AND LISTEN
Ask God to show you what revival would look like on this campus.
Write down anything you see or feel.
* PRAY FOR CHRISTIANS
Pray that Christians already on this campus would be bold, have faith, and be courageous. If there are any Christian groups or churches already on campus, pray this for them as well.
* PRAY FOR PEOPLE IN POWER
Pray for professors, administrators, student government, and other leaders on campus.
I hope you will find these Scriptures helpful to pray for your college student.
Scriptures to Pray for Grandchildren in College
Dear Father, I pray that: (Insert your child’s name)
- 1. Peace
________ will not worry about anything, but pray about everything. Philippians 4:6
- Protection from the Enemy
________ will be alert and watch out for the temptations from the enemy, standing firm in his/her faith. I Peter 5:8, 9
________ will learn to be responsible for his/her own actions and behavior. Galatians 6:5
________ will believe that Jesus loves him/her and died for his/her sins so he/she can have a personal relationship with you and enjoy eternal life. John 3:16
_________ will always remember that you will never leave nor forsake him/her. Joshua 1:56
________will live in this evil world with self-control, right conduct and devotion to God. Titus 2:12
- Servant’s Heart
________will develop a servant’s heart, serving wholeheartedly, as to the Lord and not men. Eph. 6:7
__________will cast all his/her anxieties and disappointments on you. I Peter 5:7
- Spiritual Growth
_______will be rooted and built up in his/her faith, growing strong in the truth as he/she is taught. Colossians 2:7
________ will guard his/her heart, for it is the wellspring of his/her life. Proverbs 4:23
_______ will learn to give thanks in everything, no matter what happens. I Thessalonians 5:18
_______ will not have a spirit of fear and timidity, but the spirit of power, love, and self-discipline. II Tim. 1:7
- Trust the Lord
________ will trust You with all his/her heart and not depend on his/her on understanding Proverbs 3:5
When ________ needs wisdom, he/she will ask you for it, You are waiting for him/her to ask. James 1:5
- Hunger for God's Word
___________will hunger and thirst for your Word. Matthew 5:6
Listen to this awesome inspiring short video called the Haystack prayer meeting.
Haystack Prayer Meetings
If you would like more information about praying for our college campuses go to everycampus.com.
Written by Lillian Penner, Co-Prayer Director for Christian Grandparenting Network. firstname.lastname@example.org