Bucs Pray - 40 Days of Prayer
The early chapters of the book of Acts share some transformative stories about the faith of the Early Church. One such story involves Peter and John finding themselves in trouble with the Jewish authorities. Peter and John have been in prison as punishment for healing a lame man in the name of Jesus. They spend a night in jail, suffer a few lashes, and are threatened to stop preaching and healing in the name of Jesus, or the next time the punishment will be more severe. Upon their release they gather with other Christians and spend time in prayer, asking God to give them courage and boldness to continue to speak for Jesus. When they finished praying, the text says that the walls of the house where they were staying began to shake and they were strengthened to continue the work.
That story has always been an inspiration for me. I want to be part of a group who spend so much time in prayer that we feel the walls shake. I don’t want to just pray before meals or pray when someone is sick. I want prayer to be such an important part of my life that it becomes my lifeblood, that it gives me energy, that it becomes my first thought and not my last resort. I want to pray in such a way that I/we can feel the walls shake because we know God is present.
While we don’t always understand how, God promises to show up and be present when God’s people commit to prayer. A group of people committed to prayer can change the world. Not because of the ability of the people, but because of the power of God. It’s one of the reasons I’m so excited about the challenge our Board of Directors has given us to spend 40 days as a school community committed to prayer. We want to be in prayer praising and thanking God. We want to be in prayer asking God to change our hearts. And then we want to spend time praying specifically for areas of our school. The Board has given us specific prompts to pray for each day, and every family, every student, every faculty member, every alumnus, and every friend is being asked to commit to praying as a community for the next 40 days.
There is a significance to the number. Numbers have a way of taking on extra meaning in scripture, and 40 is one such number. When Noah was in the Ark it rained for 40 days. The spies which Moses sent to scout the land of Canaan were gone for 40 days, and the Israelites spent 40 years in the wilderness. On a more positive note, Moses spent 40 days on Mount Sinai receiving the Law from the hand of God and learning the ways for the people to live to remain faithful. After his baptism, Jesus heads out into the wilderness praying and fasting for 40 days before he begins his ministry on Earth. Both for Moses and for Jesus, these 40 days spent in prayer and fasting with God were transformative and helped to prepare them for the days and ministry ahead.
God has been with Boyd Buchanan for 70 years, and the school has blessed many of us in a multitude of ways. While we believe the future is bright, the future is obviously unknown. As we face the future, we want to face it as people of prayer, fully committed to seeking God’s guidance and will for our own lives, and for the school.
I am thankful for the Board’s leadership in this endeavor, and I look forward to seeing what the Spirit of God will do when a group of Christians commit to praying daily for God to lead and bless our school. Perhaps, we might pray so much that we begin to see the walls shake.
6 – Praise God for Who He Is
7 – Thank God for What He Has Done
8 – Pray for Wisdom
9 – Pray that you Remember God’s Love and Grace for you
10 – Pray that you would Love Your Neighbors
11 – Talk to God about Someone in Need
12 – Pray for Someone Who Does Not Yet Know Jesus
13 – Pray that You Would Love Your Enemies
14 – Pray that you Would Give Your Time, Money, and Energy
15 – Pray for Opportunities and Willingness to Serve
16 – Pray for Conviction and Courage to Stand on God’s Word
17 – Pray for Healing for the Sick and Lonely
18 – Pray for Kindness
19 – Pray for Humility
20 – Pray for Teachability
21 – Pray for the Ability to Forgive
22 – Pray for Obedience
23 – Pray for Your Mind to be Renewed
24 – Pray for Purity
25 – Pray for Responsibility
26 – Pray for Hope
27 – Pray for Peace
28 – Pray for Self-Control
29 – Pray for Bodily and Spiritual Protection
30 – Pray for Victory Over Sin
31 – Pray for Holy Spirit Guidance
1 – Pray for BBS Students to Know Jesus as Savior and for Their Faith to Grow
2 – Pray for BBS President Hartness and Incoming President
3 – Pray for BBS Heads of Schools, Admin Team and Faculty
4 – Pray for BBS Chapel Services, Bible Department, and Counselors
5 – Pray for BBS Maintenance Department and Janitorial Services
6 – Pray for BBS Security Patrol
7 – Pray for BBS Nurses and Trainers
8 – Pray for BBS Food Services Employees
9 – Pray for BBS Academic Support Team and Tutors
10 – Pray for BBS Fine Arts and Athletics
11 – Pray for BBS Admissions and Academic Pursuits
12 – Pray for BBS Future Endeavors and Developments
13 – Pray for BBS Financial Provision and Those that Give Support
14 – Pray for God’s Kingdom to Come and God’s Will to Be Done!
- Dr. Travis Sharpe (Bible Department Chair at BBS)