In 2014, First Priority led an initiative to gather parents and community leaders to pray over the campuses of every school in Middle Tennessee. Coordinating with Governor Haslam’s office, a proclamation was established to help accomplish that goal. The results of this one-day event were incredible. Over 1,000 people, at 89 schools united together to pray for students, faculty and administrators.
Due to the profound impact on our communities, First Priority followed-up and asked the Governor to turn this proclamation into law. After a short deliberation in both the State House and Senate, we are proud to announce, on April 24, 2015, Governor Haslam signed this event into law, The Tennessee Weekend of Prayer over Students (#Pray4StudentsTN). Each year on the first weekend of August, a time of Sabbath prayer will be called over every school and every student in our communities.
This year, #Pray4StudentsTN occurred on Saturday August 1st and Sunday 2nd. Working with hundreds of churches throughout Middle Tennessee over 145 schools were covered in a time of “united prayer.” We saw 2,000+ individuals join us from over 300 local churches for these times of prayer, it was an amazing weekend. Throughout the region we have heard testimonies about how the Lord has used this strategic weekend to launch their communities into the new school year.
Our office received a personal note from a principal in Davidson county to say ‘thank you’ for the prayer efforts in advance. His note of encouragement simply stated “what you are gathering community leaders to do is huge, it will concisely set up our school year like nothing else can.
#Pray4StudentsTN will occur again next year on August 6 + 7, 2016. We are already working with the local Church in Middle Tennessee to prepare for these gatherings.
There are three ways to get involved with this prayer movement:
With all that our nation and our communities are facing, I can think of no greater call, than the to return to the cause of our children and their future through prayer. Jesus said in John 17: 20-21 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”
Please use the contact form on our website to let us know what schools you want to be involved with.
Here is a link to the official document: Pray 4 Students TN Legislation