by Melissa Alfaro/ March 14, 2017
I just needed a place to walk…or so I thought.
When my husband and I first moved to Houston, Texas, I remember living in close proximity to two neighborhood schools—a high school and an elementary school. Both schools had a nice walking trail/track that was open to the public.
My initial reason for even setting foot on the school property was to find a place where I could get in some daily exercise and walk off some stress. But one day the Holy Spirit prompted me to begin praying over the schools—the students, teachers, and administrators—as I walked. I did not know them personally or their specific needs. However, I found that as I opened my heart to those two schools and began to intercede on their behalf, the Holy Spirit led me in what I should pray.
About a year after embarking on those prayer walks, I was invited to speak to the students of the high school. God gave me a public platform to speak into their lives because I had first been faithful in praying for that school privately.
A few years later I remember walking our 5-year-old nephew into the elementary school for his first day of class. Little did I know that God was using my prayers to prepare a place of purpose for our own nephew.
Are you utilizing the power of prayer to the fullest to pray over your schools? You can do this by investing five minutes a day to pray for your schools and teach your students how to adopt this healthy practice of prayer.
Five Minutes that Make All the Difference
Bottom Line: In order to see optimal growth in your students, it is important to invest care, discipleship, and prayer in all aspects of their life. Make it a priority to pray over your schools and invest five minutes a day that will make all the difference!