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Praying for Seminary Students
Books for Seminary
Once again, I’m going to break a hubpages’ rule. I’m going to write about myself. Well, kind of. This academic year I’m going to be taking two seminary classes; Christian Doctrine 1 and Christian Doctrine 2. I’m taking these classes to discern if God is calling me to get a master's in ministry. When I was with InterVarsity, I had an opportunity to take Old Testament and New Testament Survey. I loved getting into the word and learning how God was working through ancient history. Now, I get the opportunity to see how that history has shaped doctrine by the way God has revealed Himself.
With this in mind, I thought it was a great time to write a hub about praying for seminary students. In some ways, I’m asking you to pray for me. I need your prayers in a lot of ways beside with taking classes. But also there are many seminary students across the country that need prayer. Not to mention the seminaries around the world. I’m sure that you have heard the joke, seminary is where your faith goes to die. After taking two classes, that hasn’t happened to me. My faith is alive and strengthened by the knowledge that I gained in the two previous classes. And I expect the same for these classes.
A Face to Help Your Pray
Prayer for Me
I will be taking a break from writing until my classes are over. I want to focus on my classes and discern how doctrine is important to prayer. As I read over the syllabus of the course, there is no clear aspect to that, but I’m confident with God’s help, I will be able glean that. I will need to be able to find a balance between family, work, ministry, and school. In other words, I’m going to be busy. I imagine that many non-traditional seminary students, like me, need prayer for this as well.
One thing I have thought about is maybe not writing hubs anymore. This is not from a lack of fun, but from a place of what is best for my ministry to start a prayer movement to bring revival. If I’m totally honest with you my readers, this hub hasn’t gotten much traction. That isn’t from a lack of prayer. Part of this time away during the academic year, my prayer is for discernment. What is next for this hub? I do plan on finishing the Old Testament series that I started. I have five more to go and you might see one this January during the semester break.
My Old Testament Survey Class
Prayer for Others
There are many reasons why someone would take a seminary class. Some are preparing for professional ministry, and they know that a degree would be helpful. This could be the Pastorate, youth ministry, campus ministry, and the list goes on. Or they could be just discerning if God is calling them to that. Others are just wanting to grow closer to Jesus. I have two friends that fall into both of those categorizes. Both of them need our prayers.
Here is a list of general prayer requests:
Time Management: I’m reading over the syllabus and there is a lot for me to do. And I’m only taking one class! The rest of my peers, for the most part, are taking multiple classes and will need to learn how to balance their time. That doesn’t include those that have family or full time work. There is a lot to pray about here.
Understanding: There is going to be a lot of materials coming our way. Which means there will be a lot that needs to be understood. Please pray that God will help us retain what we need.
Study Skills: There will be exams and there is no way around it. Some like test and others would rather not take them. Pray for our time getting ready to take those exams. Pray that we can retain the information needed to pass the test.
Pray Against Demonic Forces: I can see Satan and Demons wanting to go after seminary students and professors because new Christian leaders are being trained. Please pray for spiritual protection throughout the semester.
A Danger: I think there is a danger that our faith will only become an intellectual pursuit. Jesus doesn’t want people just to learn about His ways and Him, He wants us to be followers. My prayer is that I will pursue Him in my studies, not the studies in and of themselves. Please join me in this prayer for myself and other students.
The Professors: Let’s pray that they will be clear in their expectations and in their teaching. They are shaping the future leaders of the church and so they need our prayers as well.
Your Prayer Request: Do you have anything to add? If you do, please put them in the comment section so these students will be well covered in prayer.
An Organization Leading for Revival
Good Leaders Will Help With Revivial
I believe this completely. Which is why we need to pray for seminary students. Many of these students are preparing to be leaders in the church. I for one want to be praying for them, especially as I join them for an academic year. These future leaders of our church need to have an understanding what God is doing in the world. These leaders need to be ready to lead us in this mission.
Let’s get out there and pray for these students. When you are done praying, pray some more. Then pray again. And please, do this early and often.