Gracious Heavenly Father,
We look to you in your wisdom to be gracious on us and grant us peace. Lord, many are feeling a heavy load. Give us the clear direction we need to take in each day and each decision. Help us to follow your leading. All this we pray in your name. Amen.
Dear Lord Jesus,
This is a school year unlike any other in our recent past. Our students are isolated and lonely. Please help our students, especially the freshmen who are on their own for the first time living alone in dorm rooms without roommates. The struggle to connect with others is tough! You know their needs, Lord, you know their hurts and desires. Bind them together with others, creating lasting friendships to encourage them and bring them joy. All this we ask and pray in your name. Amen.
In these months of Thanksgiving and Christmas, help us to be thankful for all that you have given us. We do have so much to be grateful for. Even in the midst of turmoil, we can “count our blessings.” Each day as we may fall prey to discouragement, help us to focus on all you have done for us. We want to look beyond ourselves to what you want for us. We look forward to accepting your leading. Amen.
Dear Lord Jesus,
We thank you for our college students. We want to trust you to protect and guide them. You have led them to SPU for a reason. Lord, help us to be an encouragement to our students, allowing them to become independent in their faith, studies, and choices. We give these precious gifts to you. Amen.
We pray for the student leaders on campus. They are facing challenges and pressures to provide connections for their peers without the traditional standbys. We pray that you give them fresh ideas and direction as to how to best build community during these challenging times. Help them to not be discouraged but to feel valued and inspired. The RAs in the dorms need your encouragement because the added responsibility they have is heavy, often overwhelming. Remind them that you are their strength and rock. We know you can do all things. Amen.
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