Six Prayers for Your Students This Mission Trip

by James Davenport, Discipleship Coordinator

The internet is littered with mission trip planning guides, but that one item buried at the bottom or routinely left out entirely is PRAYER! Mission trips will be one of the greatest game-changers for a student: they will be inspired to explore who God is, students will be challenged to understand poverty and pain in our fallen world, and they will be dared to live out their faith in extraordinary ways.

Yet, if we fail to pray for our students, what real benefit are we giving to our students? As student ministers, each one of us needs to prioritize prayer, moving prayer to be our top priority for our mission trip planning guide checklist.

Here are a few ideas to jumpstart your prayers for your students this summer on your mission trip:

 

1) That any student who does not know Jesus would respond in faith to Jesus’ faithful, persistent call:  

“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9

 

2) That all your students would share in the desire to become more like Jesus:

“Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.” Ephesians 5:1-2

 

3) That they experience a sense of belonging amidst a community of Christ:

“I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.”  1 Corinthians 1:10

 

4) That every student would courageously admit and confess sin in their life:  

“And Jesus said, I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

 

5) That they would cultivate a great love for God’s Word: 

“How can a young person stay pure? By obeying your word. I have tried hard to find you—don’t let me wander from your commands.  I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. I praise you, O Lord; teach me your decrees. I have recited aloud all the regulations you have given us. I have rejoiced in your laws as much as in riches. I will study your commandments and reflect on your ways. I will delight in your decrees and not forget your word.” Psalm 119:9-16

 

6) That your students would hunger to go home and live out their faith:

“And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age’.” Matthew 28:18-20