See You @ the Altar
Each third Wednesday in September the national Women’s Ministries Department sponsors See You at the Altar to coincide with the youth program See You at the Pole. On this day students across America meet at their flagpoles before school begins to pray for their school, fellow students, and educational leaders. With See You at the Altar we are encouraging all pastors to open their church doors early this same Wednesday for parents, grandparents and anyone interested to come throughout the day and pray for their children and youth.
It is time for Christians to put on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-17) and fight for our children-not against flesh and blood, but against the evil principalities and powers that have contaminated our schools, media, music, Internet, games, and culture. In Ephesians 6:18, Paul teaches us to “pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”
Open the church doors early and keep them open until after the Wednesday evening service. Invite people to bring photos of any child they want to pray for and lay the photos on the altar. Write the child’s first name on the back of the photos.
Pray for your children, other students, teachers, administrators, school board members, school staff, state and national policy makers.
Order See You at the Altar bookmarks to help people direct their prayer. The bookmarks list 31 biblical virtues to pray for your children.
Turn the Wednesday night service into a back-to-school rally. Invite teachers and administrators to be present in the service. Conclude the service by praying over each student present, elementary through high school age.
This article “See You @ the Altar” written by Lisa Froom, was excerpted from www.christianwomen.com web site, May 2009.
This article may not be written by an Apostolic author, but it contains many excellent principles and concepts that can be adapted to most churches. As the old saying goes, “Eat the meat. Throw away the bones.”