At TCCS we believe in the power of prayer!

Prayer Warriors

Prayer is a part of our school in every aspect of the education process; whether it’s in the classroom, in athletics, Chapel, and special events.  Our parents and supporters are also in prayer for our school.  We invite you to be a part of our Prayer Warriors.

Moms In Prayer

Moms in Prayer at TCCS welcomes all women – moms, grandmothers, or friends – who are willing to pray for a specific child attending TCCS, and for the School.

We meet every Wednesday at 8:15 a.m. during the school year at Ritsema’s home to pray for one hour (contact the school office for the address). We pray for our own children of all ages, the children of TCCS, the school, teachers and staff.

If you find yourself praying on the run because of a busy schedule and private time with the Lord is hit or miss for you, this is a way for you to have regular devoted prayer time.  You’ll be blessed to see what God can do for your children and the school when we are faithful to pray for them on a regular basis.  If you feel led, we hope you will answer this call to pray at Moms in Touch.  If you can’t come, please answer the call by praying regularly for your children while at home or as you are on the road.

Praying for Teachers

Prayer is Powerful! Please commit yourselves to pray, by name, for each teacher next year. Please pray along with your children each day as we prepare to begin another school year.

Prayers for Traverse City Christian – 2015

From a TCCS parent: I pray that God would pour out a spirit of generosity and giving over TCC and the debt would be eliminated. May God open up His storehouses in Heaven and release our school of this burden of debt.  May our God by the power of His Spirit prompt an excitement among donors to give and grant our school the gift of multiple lifetime donors. May it be that we would not have to seek out these donors but that these donors would seek out our school to give of the resources needed.  May this not simply be to pay off debt but to provide multiple scholarships for years to come!! I pray for scholarships to set up for single moms, scholarships for low income families and even scholarships for multiple sibling groups. May our school have a heart of generosity and have a blast giving away Christian education for any that may be held back for financial reasons. I pray that the weight of debt will be lifted off the shoulders of our board members so that they can focus on more important things. May God establish the finances, setting them in place this year so that our school finances will operate effortlessly for years to come.  May God Himself guard this area by His mighty hand and may it grow and increase for His glory.

I pray that God will hand pick and recruit the students that are to come to this school each year – even if He has to move families from different states to get them here, may He do it!! May the students that enroll at TCC be of high spiritual caliber, having a fire to proclaim the Word of God, a heart for the lost, a hunger to learn, and desperation for an awakening from God!! Give us students that will be leaders of leaders but also have first learned how to follow hard after Jesus. May a hot-hearted passion and drive permeate and spread throughout the entire school to touch every student and reach into their homes, churches and work places!! May our students trade in the trivial things the average teenager deals with for an all-in, thriving, fight for the glory, honor and praise of the One, True God. May their love for God trump any discomfort, struggles, persecution or even death they may face in this life!! May they have a clear, true world vision and live knowing that they are here for a reason.

I pray that God would establish and guard the reputation of TCC against scandal, rumors, discord and slander. May our school not only be established and highly sought out amongst the schools in this area but more importantly, it would be known in the Heavenlies as a school that trains the best of the best warriors in the kingdom of heaven. I pray that our school would not only have excellent education and gifted students but also produce young men and women that are wholly surrendered to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.  May our students learn to know God, know His voice, His Word, His character, His heart and His detailed plans for their lives before they graduate.  May great doctors, lawyers, pastors, teachers, politicians, missionaries and stay-home mothers come from this school. May these kids truly be set apart, a remnant for God’s purpose and pleasure. May this school endure, being spiritually fortified and Holy Spirit anointed for years to come, equipping and training in righteousness, spiritual warfare, and the truth of the Gospel.  May every student that comes through these doors be endowed with a double portion of God’s Spirit, wisdom, strength, boldness, and love for the Word. Bless our students with purity, holiness, clarity of mind, freedom from sin, healing from brokenness, purpose and strong direction in life.  May they truly walk with God (like Enoch) knowing their acceptance, security, identity and significance only comes from Him!!

May our teachers, staff and board members all be given a heavenly escort so that no weapon formed against them would prosper. May they wake up every morning knowing the plans that He has for them and help them keep in perfect step with the Holy Spirit. Give them the gift of pure hearts and right motives!! May everything taught and displayed in the classroom be full of grace and truth. May they gracefully displace failure and mistakes and show their students the heart of the Father when it comes to sin, forgiveness and restoration. May every teacher be given extra grace, patience, knowledge and spiritual wisdom. Grant them the ability to read between the lines and see a situation from God’s perspective. Give them the ability to see Jesus in their students and speak life into the gifts and talents the Lord has given each one. May the Lord give each teacher the spiritual blessing that comes when they work for the Lord and not for men. May our teachers have God’s unconditional love and be able to say from the heart, “I love teaching and I love these kids!!”

I pray that the environment around the halls of the school would be like the inner sanctuary of the Holy of Holies. May every room, office, locker, the cafeteria and playground be drenched with the thick presence of our great God!!  May prayer throughout the school be as natural as breathing and worship as delightful as the Angels before the Throne of God!!  May our school be a stronghold of light and a home base for Angel Armies here in Northern Michigan. Let there be a light that can be felt and a safe haven for anyone who walks into the building. May every plan, plot and scheme of the evil one that ever has ever sought to, or will ever seek to, attack TCCS be brought to nothing by the blood of Jesus and the power that raised Him from the dead!! May the fear of God’s vengeance rest heavily upon any demonic forces that would seek to attack our school.  Likewise, may the grace and favor of our God rest heavily upon TCCS until it has accomplished every work and plan that God has intended for it.  In the powerful Name of Jesus, Amen!

How to pray for the teachers in your child’s life:

1. Pray for the teacher as she looks at her summer to do list; that her needs will be met.
2. Pray for the teacher as she needs to be refreshed and healthy; her summer may have included loss, grief, disappointment, or trial.
3. Pray for the teacher as he manages changes in his relationships with the school year starting: daycare, marriage, family, children.
4. Pray for the teacher as she gets her classroom ready; she may have moved rooms. (On this one, you might even call to see if you can help!)
5. Pray for the teacher as he attends staff development and meetings; he may have requirements to meet or assignments to finish.
6. Pray for the teacher as he prepares himself before the Lord to be a witness.
7. Pray for the teacher as she begins to do her planning; that she will bring life and passion to the subjects she teaches.
8. Pray for the teacher as she receives information about her students; she needs openness, insight, wisdom, and compassion.
9. Pray for the teacher as he meets a whole new group of parents; parent relationships are crucial to the success of students & teachers.
10. Pray for the teacher as he leads your child to a closer relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

The “Five Finger Prayer” is a simple, yet effective, way to pray.

We were separated from God by sin (Romans 3:23). But because Jesus paid for our sin on the cross we now “have access by one Spirit to the Father” (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:18). Those who receive Jesus as their Savior become “children of God” (John 1:12).

So even though God is “great and mighty in power” (Psalm 147:4), we are His children and He is always thinking of us, “How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand!” (Psalm 139:17-18)

He is always ready to bend His ear to hear our prayers and so we “are encouraged to come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).

The Five Finger Prayer is a simple guide we can use when we pray.

1) Your Thumb is nearest to you

So begin your prayers by praying for those closest to you. They are the easiest to remember. To pray for our loved ones is, as C.S. Lewis once said, “sweet duty”.

While praying for our loved ones is easy the Bible also tells us to pray for our enemies who, in a negative way, are also near us.

“Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44) And again, “Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate when people say unkind things about you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God wants you to do, and he will bless you for it.” (1 Peter 3:9)

2) The next finger is the Pointing Finger

The pointing finger reminds us of those who instruct so pray for those who teach, instruct and heal. This includes teachers, doctors, and ministers. They need support and wisdom in pointing others in the right direction. Keep them in your prayers. These men and women have great influence on society and we should pray that they display and teach godly principles in all they do.

3) The next finger is the Tallest Finger

Our tallest finger reminds us of those who are in charge. Pray for the president, leaders in business and industry. These people shape our nation and guide public opinion. They need God’s guidance.

When the king of Nineveh prayed to God he saved his nation from destruction (Jonah 3:6-10). We should pray that our decision makers repent and seek God’s will as they lead us.

4) The fourth finger is our Ring Finger

The ring finger is our weakest finger, as any piano teacher will testify. It should remind us to pray for those who are weak, in trouble or in pain. They need your prayers day and night. You cannot pray too much for them.

The Bible tells us that all who believe in Christ are “one body” (1 Corinthians 12:12) and that we are to “bear one another burdens”.  We should “pray for one another”. Because James 5:16 tells us “the effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

Praying for others is a way of serving those around us and serving is what gives us purpose to life. “If you love Me,” Jesus said, “feed My sheep.” Praying for those in need is one way to feed Christ’s sheep.

5) And lastly comes our Little Finger

The smallest finger of all. Which is where we should place ourselves in relation to God and others. As the Bible says, “The least shall be the greatest among you.” Your Pinkie should remind you to pray for yourself.

By the time you have prayed for the other four groups, your own needs will be put into proper perspective and you will be able to pray for yourself more effectively.

When praying for ourselves we should first confess our sins because sin breaks fellowship with God and we don’t want to be out of fellowship with Him. No matter how badly we’ve sin take heart and know that “He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

Then we should give thanks for all the blessings we have been given, “Offer to God thanksgiving, and pray your vows to the Most High.” (Psalm 50:14)

And finally we lay out what is on our heart, the good and the bad, and we pray that God’s will be done in our life. The Father loves you very much and will always do what is best for you. Trust Him and He will lead you and cause all things to work together for the good of those who love Him. (Romans 8:28)