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Praying for Our Students All Year Long

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“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:12)

As the school year begins, our children take up most of our prayer time.  As time passes, sometimes the passion and enthusiasm fades. Do not let Satan distract you from the most important and vital thing we can give our students - prayers!  

We have seen the effects of what praying can do in our children’s lives. Last month’s School Prayer Walk is just one example of how our community can come together to pray over our students and educators. Over 150 people from BHBC joined 14 other churches to cover 124 schools in prayer! How awesome!

Currently, there is a group of ladies – the God’s 100 prayer group - who meet weekly at Burnt Hickory to lift up our students and student ministry to the Lord. It began shortly after our students returned from an international mission trip to Kenya in 2018. During that trip, a group message was created to allow us moms whose children were over in Kenya to share pictures, prayers, and scriptures to encourage us all as we waited for them to return. We had an opportunity to meet at church to pray in person a few times during those two weeks. This started a fire in us to pray continuously for our students, even after the trip.

Now with our prayer group, we have the pleasure of praying scripture over them and stepping back and watching God move. We pray for all aspects of their lives - the peers they encounter, the music they listen to, shows they watch, social media, school, etc. Each week we walk in with no agenda, no plan, and allow the Holy Spirit to move and reveal to us what He wants us to pray for them. God brings scriptures to our minds and almost always He has laid the same topic on our hearts to pray about. It’s been quite an experience! 

For example, we prayed for the college mission trip to India, and we feel the Lord answered every single request - travel mercies, safety on every level. Literally no harm came to the group - not one mosquito bite, injury, or illness! Many grew in their love and desire to follow the Lord with a more sincere heart. It was miraculous!

Here are some of our main requests to the Lord: 

  • That the students will know their worth In Jesus Christ, know that they are LOVED, that they are worthy of the Lord's BEST for their lives, and that the Lord can orchestrate their steps. (Matthew 17:20b).
  • That the leaders of Burnt Hickory and our community will have the Lord's guidance, and His peace and strength.
  • That students and leaders will lead by Godly example of lifting one another up with kindness, unity (including everyone), and love.
  • That they will love one another and serve others.
  • That students listen to music and watch programs that the Lord would not find offensive (1 Timothy 4:12).
  • That many will turn away from temptation of all kinds!
  • That they will do “everything without grumbling or arguing,so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation. Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain (Philippians 2:14-16).
  • That the Lord will teach us all how to have less anxiety, and that He will show us how to takes steps to reduce anxiety (less phone time, less comparing ourselves to others, more exercise, don't use social media to gauge our success and decisions, etc.).

I will close with writing about how THANKFUL we are for our leaders, Barbara Clark and Lynda Poole, who have helped start this group. Barbara has a vision to see hundreds join, and that Burnt Hickory will lead our community as a house of prayer, for the Lord's glory alone. They help teach us and guide us as scripture says: “Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God" (Titus 2:14).

We hope you’ll join us in prayer as part of the God’s 100 prayer group. We encourage you to join us Sunday mornings at 9am or Sunday evenings at 5:30pm. You won’t be the same!

 Jennifer McCollum 

and Eve Latting

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Prayer Walking Our Way to a New School Year

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 The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (James 5:16b)

It’s hard to believe summer is almost at an end. Though fall won’t technically start until September 23, our family’s seasonal calendar will shift to school-time routines on August 1. So soon!

It’s going to be a big year for us, educationally speaking. Our oldest daughter will finish middle school, and our youngest will finish elementary. These are milestones I’m both looking forward to celebrating and already getting teary-eyed thinking about.

Since coming to Burnt Hickory seven or so years ago, I have learned about the vital role prayer can play in my children’s education. God, in his perfect timing, brought us to church just as our oldest daughter was starting first grade. The school prayer walk – an event I look forward to every summer – was instrumental in showing me how I could pray effectively for my girls and their school environments. Prayer for them, their teachers, school staff, fellow students and their parents has now become a daily part of my quiet time during the school year.

I’ll never forget my first walk. After a 30 minute or so time of devotion at church, we set out for our oldest daughter’s new elementary school – a building I had never set foot in since we had moved to the county just a week or two before. We found the doors open and the principal inside waiting to pray with us. I was amazed, and so thankful! As a new believer, I was nervous about praying outside of the comfortable confines of home and church. Walking around the quiet halls of the school on a Saturday morning, however, helped settle my nerves. Words of supplication for each classroom, teacher, and student came easily to my lips as the Holy Spirit helped guide me through the school.

Not all the school prayer walks I’ve attended since have been like that one. Sometime the school has been locked up. Sometimes it’s open, with dozens of people and several staff members inside. We’ve added a middle school to our routine, and an entirely new set of prayer requests! No matter the school’s setting, the act of walking around, and/or through our daughters’ schools has helped set the tone for the rest of the year. It’s so humbling and encouraging to see other people – some whom we know no longer have kids in the school system – praying for our kids and the spiritual battles they’ll likely face in the months ahead.

I hope you’ll join me at Burnt Hickory’s school prayer walk on Saturday, July 27th. Here are several tips on how to make the most of your walk. You can download a more comprehensive list of “What to Pray for” here.

  • Pray for teachers and students who are unbelievers, that they might come to know the Lord.
  • Pray that the students will know the love of the Father and assurance of His great love.
  • Pray for protection.
  • Pray for the parents of the children who attend these schools.
  • Pray for Christian students, that they should follow God fully, support one another in Christ, and be witnesses to their non-Christian classmates and teachers.

There are other great tips on school prayer walking here. I especially like the idea of walking around the building “Jericho-style,” and praying for seven different areas during seven laps.

Whether you have a student attending a school outside of or inside the home, I encourage you and your family to prepare yourselves for the academic year ahead with a school prayer walk. See you on the 27th! Click here for more info.

Jenn Dennard

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In need of prayer or a fellow woman in Christ to chat with? The Women’s Ministry team would love to be there for you. Email Kim Edde ( ) to connect with one of our team members.
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