I know this sounds like a stupid prayer request (in the scheme of things it is!) but i’m going to ask it - and put it into context anyway.
I lived in foster care as a teenager, and have lived on my own from being 16. I’ve always felt called to teaching and/or ministry (being anglican), but because I had to work every hour I could for very little money I never got chance to study for my A levels which would be my route into university.
I struggled to hold down dead end jobs because I knew that I was meant to do more than all of this. I finally got a break last year when I worked for 3 months as a school chaplain and it was the most fulfilling job I’ve had to date. But the contract could only last 3 months so when it came to a close, I was back to dead end jobs. I ended up working at a famous fast food chain, but only lasted there a month. I felt so hopeless there, because it is not what I wanted to do. My mum then fell ill and life seemed to get on top of me. I left the job because my boss was unhappy about me having Sundays off to attend church (my lay work).
I was completely lost… my desperate desire to go to uni never went away. I randomly flicked around uni sites but did not hold any hope of getting in without A levels. Then I came across a particular university; it advertised a “Theology and Ministry” degree and due to my time working as a chaplain (and also my voluntary work) I was able to apply having “worked in a ministry setting”.
My application, by the grace of God, was accepted. I was over the moon.
Since then life has continued to present me with difficulties. I have had to flee my home, and have had a considerable emotional battle this week which I won’t go into on this thread (feel free to look for it else where)… I have worked hard this week, but it hasnt been easy because of personal problems.
I don’t deserve much at the moment. And I know I’ve already got so much. But I would really appreciate it if people could pray for the work I must do tonight. My deadline is tomorrow and I’m really worried about the quality of this essay, and the time scale. This degree is the only practical thing I have in my life right now… it’s given me so much hope, and is helping me to understand so much better. I pray that God can be with me, inspiring me and enabling me to work, and work well; to achieve the wonderful things he raises us to. I desperately don’t want to fail, I want to study it so much - I can’t afford to fail. Please pray that he may be with me.