A few weeks ago, NCF held a nationwide video prayer chat to pray for you: student leaders, faculty advisors, and staff.
After our prayer time, participants shared Bible verses or words of encouragement that God was impressing on their hearts for you and other leaders. The passages flowed quickly with common themes that will inspire you for ministry on your campus!
One repeating theme focused on how we accomplish God’s planned good works through his power. No matter how big the obstacles, God is our strength and he will be the victor. If we place our trust in him, we can accomplish many things through his power.
The following scripture verses are gifts from people who are praying for you. What other themes or words of encouragement to you see in these words?
- “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” Ephesians 2:10.
- “With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall” Psalm 18:29.
- “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you” Deuteronomy 31:6.
- “As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him” 1 Samuel 17:48.
- “The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe” Proverbs 18:10.
I was struck with the common themes of moving forward or moving towards God through words like “advance”, “ran quickly toward”, or “run to it.” Whether we are running to God or towards the battle, we can be strong and courageous because God goes with us. This is both comforting and empowering. If we are running to do God’s will, we can do it with confidence.
When moving forward to accomplish something for God, we must remember to obey him, not run ahead with our own plans. As a team, pray together and ask God what he would like to accomplish this year on your campus through your chapter and through you. Listen for God’s answers. Is God asking you to take a bold step of faith, perhaps by making an announcement after class about a meeting, or by asking a classmate where they are in their spiritual journey? If you feel God’s strong leading to do something that is out of your comfort zone, pray and ask him to help you be strong and courageous.
As you begin another school year, let the words of Psalm 20:6-7 encourage you:
“Now this I know:
The Lord gives victory to his anointed.
He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary
with the victorious power of his right hand.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”
With God leading the way and never leaving you, you can face any obstacle and scale the wall that seems impossible. Trust God for the outcome. When you look back and see all that he has done, you’ll want to do a victory dance!
Bonnie Hann, RN, BSN
NCF National Campus Staff Minister