Welcome! You have been invited to follow this blog by either a student or leader of Salem First Baptist's Student Ministries. We are so glad you are here! It has been on our heart to have God move through our students in a big way, and we know that the main way to get that done is by having a body of believers praying for us constantly. Our goal with this blog is to keep you informed and up-to-date on prayer requests we have within our ministry, whether they be from an individual student or from the group as a whole. We want to thank you for your willingness to pray for us and the work God is already doing within the lives of our students.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

PRAYERS OF THE WEEK:
For Our Students

We continued on in our Armor of God series - this week focusing on The Shoes of the Gospel of Peace. Pray that our students see and know the importance of this part of the armor - that with strong, fitted shoes they may stand firm against the devils schemes. Pray for our students that are engaged in spiritual warfare, that they would be protected and comforted.

For Our Ministry
Pray that the light of the church and the heart of the family would continually come together to reach and raise the next generation in Christ Jesus.

PRAYER REQUESTS FROM OUR STUDENTS:
- More patience in my house, more selflessness, more humbleness.
- Please pray for me to be nicer to by younger brother.
- For my mom for strength and hope. For my dad for reconciliation. For my brother for wanting and craving Jesus. With homework and school and time management – to find more time for prayer and reading my Bible.
- Direction for the future. Better relationship with my dad and with God.
- Need to fully commit to Christ, discipline myself and read the Bible. Family issues and my heart issues. I want to be content with wherever I am at. I want God to lead my life but I feel like He’s absent. Pray for joy and less anxiety.

STUDENTS IN OUR MINISTRY:
Please take a moment to pray for these students individually. Pray over their week, family life, friendships, and character.

Arianne
Courtney
Ethan
Abbey
Amy
Tyler
Sammie


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

PRAYERS OF THE WEEK:
For Our Students

We just started a new series on the Armor of God. This week we covered the Breastplate of Righteousness. Pray that students begin trusting in God’s righteousness, and working towards living a righteous life. Living a righteous life allows us to worship God through our actions, and help others know him better. We so desperately want this for our students!


For Our Ministry
Pray that the light of the church and the heart of the family would continually come together to reach and raise the next generation in Christ Jesus.

PRAYER REQUESTS FROM OUR STUDENTS:
- Please just pray that I can find all my strength in Christ in this time.
- That my passion for Jesus will grow. That the funds for my upcoming missions trip will come in.
- I just hope that I continue this long stretch of no fights with grandma.
- I haven’t been feeling God around me and I’m not sure what to do. I just ask for others to pray with me in searching and finding God.
- Letting God have full control of my life, my whole heart. For God to give me the strength to forgive.
- I need guidance on how to properly connect with God. I want God to give me courage.

STUDENTS IN OUR MINISTRY:
Please take a moment to pray for these students individually. Pray over their week, family life, friendships, and character.

Jillian
Madi
Roberto
Cooper
Jacob
Valerie
Natasha

Thursday, December 1, 2016

PRAYERS OF THE WEEK:
For Our Students

This week we started our Christmas series called "Light of the World". The Christmas season is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. But for a lot of our students, it's complicated. It's a time of year that surfaces family tensions, unmet expectations, and the pain of absent parents or guardians. Pray as our students refocus on the true meaning of Christmas that they will not be distracted. Pray that if this is a complicated season for them, that they would be able to live in the truth that Jesus is the light and life that overcomes darkness.


For Our Ministry
Pray that our students and leaders would experience the joy of Christ as they worship Him in word and deed. Pray that with thanksgiving in our hearts we would reflect Jesus in all we say and do.

PRAYER REQUESTS FROM OUR STUDENTS:
- That I will not regress in my faith and that my relationship with Christ will be strengthened through hard times.
- Good grades, help with relationships with family and friends, help with peer pressure, help me not listen to insults or worldly influence.
- My mom for strength and an open heart to be able to forgive. My dad for understanding and to be able to see his wrongs. My brother for a craving for God and his family.
- I pray for strength. I have been diagnosed with anxiety and depression and I am scared I will never to be able to deal with it without my medication.
- I really need strength to finish the school year well. I feel bogged down and worn out. I need to find time to spend with God and do other important things. Also, please pray for my friends who aren’t living for God – Jessica, Madisen, and Becka.
- Dealing with depression, health problems, PTSD and flashbacks and a lot of pain.

STUDENTS IN OUR MINISTRY:
Please take a moment to pray for these students individually. Pray over their week, family life, friendships, and character.

Conner
Jaden
Raina
Abby
Gabe
Mia
Brady




Tuesday, November 22, 2016

PRAYERS OF THE WEEK:
For Our Students

This week we do not have Thrive or Fusion on account of Thanksgiving. A lot of our kids don't necessary enjoy breaks like this because their home life isn't good. Pray during this Thanksgiving holiday that students will be wrapped in love and peace, even when their home life might be filled with turmoil. Pray that as their families unite that it would be a good time of fellowship and celebration for them. Pray for safety for those who are traveling.

Angel Tree
This year our Thrive students and leaders are participating in Angel Tree. We have committed to purchasing gifts for 10 high school students. Pray that as we see students give money to this ministry, they will see the ripple affect of their giving. Pray they felt led to give.

PRAYER REQUESTS FROM OUR STUDENTS:
- I want to be able to have a good prayer life and continuous conversation with God.
- Help me control my temper. Help me to lead my girlfriend to Christ.
- I pray for a heart of gold that I can follow God’s own heart. For my parents to restore their relationship. For my grandfather to overcome the sorrow of the impending death of my grandma. I pray for a spirit to help me spread the Gospel. Better focus to study for school. Pray to overcome these lust of sexual feelings I have, for they distract me from the heart of God.
- That I would listen to the Holy Spirit instead of suppress Him. That my mom would have people in the church who would see her, ask her how she’s doing and support her. That the Holy Spirit would guide me as I take the SAT. That certain things in my life, my mom’s, and my brother’s lives would be bought back and given to us by God. That I will believe and trust God.
- I pray for confidence at work and at school and for peace. I have been feeling really anxious and have had a hard time being myself. Also prayer for my family in general.
- Prayer would be nice for making decisions for my future and what to do with my life. That the SAT’s go well. Pray for relationships in general.

STUDENTS IN OUR MINISTRY:
Please take a moment to pray for these students individually. Pray over their week, family life, friendships, and character.

Trisha
Harley
Logan
Grant
Paige
Rylee
David

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

PRAYERS OF THE WEEK:
For Our Students

We finished our last week in our series "Boulevard" and we wrapped up the series with a challenge - will you follow Jesus even if it costs you something? Pray that as our students wrestle with this, they see that following Jesus is worth it. Pray that as they would not be a consumer, but a follower. Pray they see that their soul is worth much more than this world.

For Our Ministry
Pray that our students and leaders would experience the joy of Christ as they worship Him in word and deed. Pray that with thanksgiving in our hearts we would reflect Jesus in all we say and do.

PRAYER REQUESTS FROM OUR STUDENTS:
- Allow my friend Robert to become a follow of Christ.
- Pray for my mom to get saved.
- That I’d be able to rely on God more throughout the year. That I’d be able to see myself the way God sees me. That I can bring my friend Alyssa to Thrive.
- For my mom for strength and forgiveness. For my brother for direction and a desire to seek God. For my dad for a new life with God.
- Recently, I have made some poor choices and I have had to confront those problems. It has been hard and I need the strength to move on from these issues.
- Sunday was like the worst day of my life and I don’t know why. I told my mom I think I have anxiety and depression and I have to explain to her why.


STUDENTS IN OUR MINISTRY:
Please take a moment to pray for these students individually. Pray over their week, family life, friendships, and character.


Jackson
Alexia
Winn
Kaylee
Michael
Hope
Kyler

Thursday, November 10, 2016

PRAYERS OF THE WEEK:
For Our Students

This week we continued with our series "Boulevard". This week we focused on people in our lives that are difficult to love. Pray that our students are able to clothe themselves in patience, gentleness, kindness, compassion, humility, forgiveness, and love. Pray they see this kind of faith is powerful, and that this faith makes a difference in the world.

For Our Ministry
Pray that the light of the church and the heart of the family would continually come together to reach and raise the next generation in Christ Jesus.

PRAYER REQUESTS FROM OUR STUDENTS:
- Pray that my mom and step dad except Christ.
- Good grades, a good school year, and a non-stressful school year.
- Please pray that as I work closely with friends who don’t share my beliefs, I would be able to say/do what I know is right, but still be accepting and loving towards them. I’m really stressed about school right now, please pray that I can have peace.
- Please pray that I will stay faithful and loyal to God as the next four months I won’t be able to come to Thrive. Also that I will stay on top of homework, tests and grades.


STUDENTS IN OUR MINISTRY:
Please take a moment to pray for these students individually. Pray over their week, family life, friendships, and character.


Trisha
Cameron
Abigail
Daniel
Addison
David
Kailey

Thursday, November 3, 2016

PRAYERS OF THE WEEK:
For Our Students

This week we started a 3-week evangelism series called Boulevard - which will teach students the importance of being a “boulevard” or road that connects their friends to Jesus. Pray our students are able to meet their friends with God’s love, not condemnation, to their situation. Pray as students interact with their friends who need to know Jesus, they will have opportunities to pray for them and invite them to Thrive.

For Our Ministry
Pray that students and leaders would depend on prayer for their direction, life, and purpose, that apart from Him we can do nothing. Pray we would boldly come to the throne of grace to seek God to do more then we could possibly ask or imagine. Pray that we would trust God is good, hears us, and responds.

PRAYER REQUESTS FROM OUR STUDENTS
- Prayer to help my dad and mom talk about their differences.
- Pray for my sister please, she’s getting an MRI since she’s been having a lot of headaches.
- Pray for my friend Elizabeth to accept Christ and for her to come to Thrive.
- That I will be aware when God is speaking and that I will be able to focus on my school.
- Being able to be confident enough to being someone to Thrive.


STUDENTS IN OUR MINISTRY:
Please take a moment to pray for these students individually. Pray over their week, family life, friendships, and character.


Meredith
Daniel
Aurora
Etai
Alaina
Caleb