Last fall, during our Prayer Emphasis, we began, as a church, isolating “one thing” of prayer each week. I hope each of you who are members of First Baptist Church, Lafayette, are doing this with me each week. Just this small item has added much to my prayer life.
This week, our “one thing” of prayer has been to pray for our church associated school, First Baptist Christian School. I chose this for our prayer because we are in the middle of re-enrollment for next school year. Our current students and families have been asked to re-enroll by February 20. After that, our admission will be open to the public without space being guaranteed to our current students.
The events at the high school in Parkland, Florida, have a way of making our prayer for our school and all schools even more urgent. As so many have said this week, our families deserve to drop their children off at school each morning with the certain belief that they will pick them up later that day. Oh, how we pray!
Allow me to highlight a few items of prayer for our school. You add your own list to your particular situation.
1. Pray for financial resources beyond tuition dollars. We made a commitment as a church a few years ago that we believed God was calling us to expand our school’s reach to high school. I noted at the time that my experience was that high school was about four times more expensive than elementary school. I still stand by that. We need people to come alongside of us, who believe in Christian education, to help us not put on the backs of our families these costs. Every day, I am weighed down by a list of things our school needs. Pray!
2. Pray for new students. We need to be filled to capacity at every grade level. The financial math works much better if we are at capacity for each section that we open. Pray that God will send us students.
3. Pray for future capital expenses. Beyond our day to day operational costs, we have inevitable capital improvement costs that have to be considered. We are working now on getting a plan of what this will be.
4. Pray for our teachers. Pray that each one will have a special calling. Pray for their families.
5. Pray for daily physical and spiritual safety. The events in Florida this week are a reminder of the kinds of things we think about every single day.