Welcome to the MOVE prayer for students page! If you’re here, it probably means that you have committed to praying for a High School student leading up to and during their time at MOVE. So first things first: Thank you. Thank you so much for partnering in the work that God is doing in the life of that student. It may well be the most important ministry done in his or her life.
We know that, often times, prayer is made easier when you have some clear direction on what you can be praying for. On this page you’ll find some helpful ideas and guides for the next few weeks as we anxiously anticipate all that Jesus does in our lives and in the lives of the students we’re lifting up to Him.
If you volunteered to pray for a student and received a key tag, this is the place for you. If you did not receive a tag, you can find the youth minister at your church and tell him or her that you would like to pray for a student attending MOVE this summer. Even if not, you do not need a tag to pray with us. We’re just glad you’re here! If you do have a tag, write the name of a specific student going to MOVE in the space provided and attach it to your keychain. Every time you pick up your keys, pray for that student. Wouldn’t it be amazing if every time you entered and left your house, unlocked and started your car, or finally found your keys after unknowingly tossing them in the bathroom drawer again, the first thing you did was pray for that student whose name is written on the back?
James 5 tells us “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.”
Just imagine what can happen when a righteous person prays 1, 3, 6, 10 times a day for a single student who is being challenged with uncompromising truths about who Jesus is and the lengths in which He has gone to call them into a life of Kingdom work. Below we will provide specific ways you can be praying for students before, during, and after their time at MOVE. Thank you for joining us in prayer. We know that Jesus is using it to change student’s lives.
WHAT TO PRAY BEFORE MOVE
This summer at MOVE we’re studying through the life of Elijah. The scripture we will be focusing on during the week will serve as a guide for our prayer. We invite you to read along with us as you pray, for the word of God is alive and active. God invited Elijah into His story, and Elijah accepted the invitation. God still invites people into His story. This week is an invitation for students to join in – to be a part of what God is doing in the world. Read through 2 Peter 1:16-21 as Peter retells when he saw Elijah and Moses appear with Jesus at the Transfiguration. Pray Peter’s words over the student’s name on your tag in the weeks leading up to MOVE.
- That God would protect their hearts, minds, bodies, and souls.
- For students to experience Jesus for themselves.
- For students to see His splendor with their own eyes.
- For students to have a greater confidence in the Spirit.
- That students would accept the invitation to be a part of God’s story. A story that never ends and is always to be continued...
WHAT TO PRAY FOR DURING MOVE
Alright! They're on the bus, headed to MOVE. While there, they'll spend 5 days exploring how God has called them into His story. We’ll explore how accepting this invitation means a life that is always to be continued... Below are the daily themes and scriptures we'll be going through at MOVE together. We'd like to invite you to study along with us, praying specifically for those themes to soak deep into the hearts of students.
TO BE CONTINUED ...
God's Story ... Elijah's Story ... Your Story.
- DAY 1 – CALLING
- God is CALLING me into His story.
- Read 1 Kings 17:1-7
- We’ll begin the week with God’s story – His overarching story of redemption. We’ll start at the very beginning to see how God initiated it all, and how it all unraveled pretty quickly. Our hope is to give students a basic foundation of understanding about who God is and what His overall intention is.
- The times are honestly as desperate today as they were for Elijah – but now is the perfect time to join God in what He is up to. It doesn’t mean it will be without difficulties. We’ll see in Elijah’s story that it probably means it’ll be REALLY tough at times. But we’ll also see that God has promised to go with us and what’s on the other side is worth the hardship we may go through.
- Pray that students…
- Have the courage to follow God even when it is not the easy thing to do.
- Hear and accept God’s invitation to join in His story, even though it may bring difficulties.
- Believe that God’s calling is for their benefit.
- Know that God’s intentions for them have always and will always be good. Even when it doesn’t make sense in the moment.
- DAY 2 – TRUST
- I can TRUST God will PROVIDE because He is REAL.
- Read 1 Kings 17:8-24, 18:20-40
- God tells Elijah to go and commands a widow to supply him with food. The widow doesn’t have much – just enough for one last meal for her and her son. Her plan is to eat that meal and then die. Elijah asks the widow to trust, and she sees God do amazing things in her life through Elijah. Her jar of flour and oil do not run out as God sustains and provides in the midst of the drought.
- Elijah has this showdown with the Prophets of Baal. A contest to see whose god is REAL. Elijah calls on the one true God, and ultimately we see that YHWH is the real God. Elijah calls God’s people back to Him, to turn away from their idols and worship Him alone. The Israelites were worshipping God AND Baal, limping between the two. We see here that God+ANYTHING=nothing.
- Pray that students…
- Trust God as their ultimate provider, even in times of drought.
- Not allow their circumstances to tell them who their God is, but that they would declare the truths of God despite their current circumstances.
- Place their trust completely in God, not in the things and people He provides.
- Have clear eyes to see who and what their false gods are and how they will never measure up.
- Surrender their false gods and put their trust in the real God, the only one who can provide all they need.
- DAY 3 – DESPAIR
- When I DESPAIR, God will SUSTAIN because He is HERE.
- Read 1 Kings 18:41-19:18
- The reality is that even in the midst of seeing God do amazing things, and being a part of incredible Kingdom Work, we can still get discouraged, and even despair. Life as a part of God’s story can still get messy. Elijah has just defeated the prophets of Baal – and he was so confident and knew God was with him as he defeated them. But right after the victory, Elijah becomes afraid and flees for his life from Jezebel.
- Up to this point, each time Elijah goes somewhere the Lord has spoken to Him first. When he flees Jezebel God hasn’t told him to go anywhere. Elijah has stopped listening for God’s instructions and as a result takes off on his own and starts listening to the wrong things. Even then, God still meets with Elijah. God’s question to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” is a great question to ask ourselves. Not in a “Look at the mess you’ve made!” kind of way, but in a “I love you and want something better for you than this.” We run from God, but God still meets us where we are.
- Pray for students…
- To begin the habit of waiting to hear God in the whisper.
- To surrender and repent. That they would believe God will always show up when they cry to Him, even if not in the way they expect.
- To cry out to God and ask for Him to meet them right where they are.
- To admit their weaknesses, knowing God’s strength will sustain them.
- To have boldness as they enter into difficult places, knowing that Jesus goes with them and will walk them out the other side.
- Hearts today as they will be asked to engage their fear, loneliness, and despair.
- DAY 4 – PURPOSE
- I find PURPOSE when God SENDS me to REACH others.
- Read 1 Kings 19:15-21
- This is where we begin to orient students to think about going back home. On the mountain, God tells Elijah to go back the way he came. We want students to see that even when we’ve been at the end of our rope, God still has a plan for us and has things He wants to accomplish through us. God will send us to difficult places in His name. When we trust our own plan or our own strength we end up despairing and can lose our way thinking too much depends on us. When we listen to where God sends us, we find our purpose.
- Elijah calls Elisha to join him, as God commanded. Elijah puts his cloak over Elisha – designating him as his successor and attendant. Elisha’s response is amazing. Although he comes from a very wealthy family, he gives it all up to go with Elijah.
- Pray that students…
- Know their purpose is to be loved first and to be love second.
- Would ask God to make it obvious to who and to where He is sending them back to – their family, friends, school, community, team, club, etc.
- Have the determination and courage to go where the Spirit leads.
- Have the same reaction that Elisha did when Elijah reaches him. That they would be willing to give up everything - family, status, finances, reputation, and achievement to follow after God.
- See their role in the Kingdom is to invest in others, to bring them along and invite them into this same story that God initiated in their own lives. That they would develop a heart to invest in those younger than them at school, at church, and in their communities.
- DAY 5 – CONTINUE
- I CONTINUE as God’s Spirit EMPOWERS and his mission ENDURES.
- Read all of 2 Kings 2
- As we continue to get student’s thinking about going back home, the call is for them to continue in the work God has laid before them. Students have been challenged all week to join in on God’s story, a story that never ends. Elisha gets it. He asks for a double portion – Elisha is saying he wants to carry on Elijah’s ministry. The Spirit of Elijah was the Spirit of God. Elisha wants the same spirit to guide his life and ministry. As we join God’s story, we need to be led by God’s Spirit. Only as His Spirit empowers, will we be able to do the Kingdom Work He has prepared for us.
- Elijah is taken to heaven, and Elisha doesn’t miss a beat. He immediately picks up Elijah’s cloak and heads off to do what God has for him. God’s story (and Elijah’s!) hadn’t ended…it was continuing now through Elisha. The call is the same for students – to continue God’s story in their life as they go back home…to keep right on going just like Elisha did.
- Pray that students…
- Continue in the Kingdom work God has called them to.
- Receive a double portion of the Spirit of God, the same Spirit that Elijah had.
- Be empowered to take up the mantel and accept the responsibility of the role that God offers them in His story.
- Have the boldness to share this invitation with their friends and family back home.
WHAT TO PRAY FOR AFTER MOVE
This is the most important time to continue in prayer for students. They most likely just came off a week where they felt closer to Jesus than normal. Getting away from distractions and having their days structured around listening for God is a great environment to hear from Him, but that is not always the case at home. Some students will be going back to rough situations, temptations, and indifference. While God has called them to go back, He does not tell them to go back the same way they came. God wants these students to continue in His story. Find the student that you have been praying for and ask them to share about their experience at MOVE. Tell them that you have been praying for them and will continue...
- Pray that…
- They would know the depth of love that Jesus has for them – no matter what they have done, are doing, or will do.
- They would seek Jesus daily, trusting that He holds all they need for the day.
- They would have a sense of urgency in inviting their friends to join them in God’s story.
- They would have active people in their life encouraging and challenging them to continue in the Kingdom work laid before them.
- God would protect their hearts from the lies of the evil one.
- God would use them to change the world and advance His Kingdom on the earth.
Thank you for joining us in this vital work. It is of infinite worth, and we could not do what we do without you. Students are changing the world, and your prayers are empowering them to do so. May God hear your cries the same way he did Elijah’s.
“Then he stretched himself out on the boy three times and cried out to the Lord, ‘Lord my God, let this boy’s life return to him!’ The Lord heard Elijah’s cry, and the boy’s life returned to him, and he lived.” 1 Kings 21-22