In the next few weeks, over 3.6 million high school students will walk across the stages in America to collect their diplomas. Somewhere among the Baccalaureates, open houses, and commencements is the reality that change is coming for these young men and women. Whether they continue their education, serve in the military, or join the workforce; they will encounter new people of all backgrounds, religions, lifestyles, beliefs and worldviews. No matter the role we play in their lives, we can pray for them as they begin this new journey. So, let us pray…..
¨ Pray for wisdom and guidance so they know God gives them a godly purpose. Pray they will trust in the Lord. Pray they will seek to know and do the will of God and follow Christ fully (Proverbs 3:5–6).
¨ Pray they develop good and godly habits. Pray they make good choices. Pray they connect with a local parish and be involved in serving Christ on and off their campus or workplace. Pray for friends who will encourage and support them; friends who will lift them up and not drag them down. Pray they are not deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals” (1 Corinthians 15:33).
¨ Pray for their finances. Pray they will be responsible for credit cards, student loans, travel, clothing, entertainment and personal expenses. Pray God will provide for their needs. Pray they will spend wisely and give generously.
¨ Pray they remember what they learned at home and in church as they face new temptations, hardships, and dangers. Pray for their safety. Pray they will be witnesses for Christ in the way they speak, serve, love, and live. Pray they be an example in faith, purity and devotion to God. “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12).
¨ Pray for their teachers, professors, counselors, and bosses. Pray these people will build them in strength of character and ability to think and act in a way that pleases God.
¨ Pray for their parents and siblings. Pray family ties remain strong and that these young adults will continue to honor their parents and love their family.
¨ Pray for their witness. Pray our graduates become influencers, leaders and missionaries on campuses, in the market place, and workplaces. Pray they receive the power of the Holy Spirit to be bold, confident and eager witnesses sharing their faith wherever they go. (Acts 1:8).
Today’s graduates are the next generation of workers and leaders, spouses and parents, to navigate an unbelieving world. May we pray for them to be up to this challenge and never forget their Baptism and Christian walk. May they grow in the peace and love of Christ to become the person God wants them to be.
Adapted from a June 3, 2018 Fox News commentary by Prof. Jack Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church and the host of PowerPoint Ministries.