A Prayer for College Students to Remain Faithful and Pure
Lord God, please help [NAMES] to choose carefully what they expose themselves to. Give them wisdom to know that what they allow their eyes to see, and their ears to hear, and their minds to process have a way of sticking with them far longer than they had imagined. Give them the strength to obey Romans 12:2 and “not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of [their] mind, so that [they] may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect” (NASB). Renew their minds, Lord, by clearing them daily of the ungodly thoughts this world will bombard them with. Help them to seek You and the things above (Colossians 3:2), and to store up for themselves treasures in heaven (like purity, righteousness in Christ, and a compassionate heart) that this earth cannot rob them of (Matthew 6:19-20). Lord, keep their bodies pure physically (from damaging substances or any kind of abuse or addiction), and sexually (from assault, manipulation, the lure of pornography, or sex outside of marriage). Keep their minds and hearts pure by protecting them from images, experiences, or self-inflicted harm or shame from the enemy of their souls. Help them to truly know that they are precious to you and that their bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit when they are in a saving relationship with Your Son, Jesus (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
Important Scripture Verses for College Students
Here are some verses you can specifically pray over college students or text to them to encourage them:
“Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it” (Psalm 37:4-5 NASB).
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7 NLT).
“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13 NLT).
“And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19 NASB).
As you pray these prayers for college students heading back to school, remember that God loves them even more than you do and He is able to work all things for good in the lives of those who love God and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).
For an easy-read devotional to encourage young women heading back to college, see Cindi’s book, God’s Whispers to a Woman’s Heart.
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