As the school year approaches, and we find ourselves busy buying supplies and new clothes and doing other tasks to get ready for the new school year, I start to feel a little anxious. Will our kids have a good teacher? Make good friends? Are they prepared for the school year? Have I done enough? Will they do ok?
Those are normal, school-related concerns, but this year, we also have to factor in the worries that come with COVID and keeping our children safe this school year.
When I find myself feeling anxious about my kiddos returning to school, I am trying to turn my worries into prayers. I pray for my children often, but to be honest, I pray for them much more fervently as the new school year approaches and for the first few weeks of school.
At the beginning of each school year I find myself living out this verse:
"Pour out your heart like water before the face of the Lord. Lift your hands toward Him for the life of your children." Lamentations 2:19
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-God gave us His Word and He wants us to pray. When you combine the two spiritual disciplines of reading the Word and praying by praying Scripture, it will help you apply God’s word to your life while growing deeper in your prayer life.
-Praying Scripture honors God by using His own words to praise Him and pray to Him.
-We tend to pray for things WE want, but praying Scripture will help align your desires with what HE wants. And when our desires are aligned, that’s when we’re most likely to see God move powerfully in our prayers.
-If you don’t know how to pray about something, you can find a Scripture that will help you say it, deepening your prayer language.
Prayer is powerful and the fact that you want to pray for your children is an awesome thing. No matter the age, ability, and personality of your children, they need our prayers. Whether your child is in homeschool, private school, public school, college or trade school, they need our prayers. It is a privilege as a Christian parent to advocate for our children before the throne of God with His own precious and powerful words.
You can use the list of Scriptures provided below as a springboard. Put your child's name in each verse. Make it applicable to your child and their school situations and struggles and what you would like to see God do in each of these areas.
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Treasure your time praying for your children using God's own precious and powerful words, and get ready to see God do mighty things in their lives. 🙂
Thank God that He holds your child(ren) close, and that He provides you all you need to parent your children well.
“He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.” Isaiah 40:11
Pray your child would grow in understanding,
"turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding–indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God." Proverbs 2:2-5
Pray that your child would grow in maturity.
"Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching...instead, speaking the truth in love, will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is Christ." Ephesians 4:14-15
Pray your child would have peace in their heart from any anxiety and also that they have peaceful sleep.
"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." John 14:27
Pray your child would have desire to learn and seek wisdom and new knowledge about God and all subject areas.
If you incline your ear toward wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures, then you will undersand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God." Proverbs 2:1-5
Pray for your child's perseverance as they go to school and complete their school work, that they would
"..never tire of doing what is good." 2 Thessalonians 3:13
Pray that your child would make good friends who are a good influence on them and their growing faith.
"There are "friends" who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother." Proverbs 18:24
Pray for your child to grow in wisdom and understanding. Pray that their minds would focus and they would grow in the areas they struggle as well as in the areas they are gifted and in life skills. Pray also for you, their teachers--that all who teach your child would have wisdom to know how to best teach and encourage your child.
"...God gave knowledge and skill in both books and life." Daniel 1:17
Pray that your child would experience health--physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Pray for any specific health issues/concerns you have for them.
"I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well." 3 John 1:2
Pray that your child would grow in obedience toward their parents and teachers, so they they would be safe and thrive in all environments
"Children, obey your parents, for this is right. Honor your father and mother, the first commandment with a promise, so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on earth." Ephesians 6:1-3
Pray that your child would experience victories this year, especially in areas/subjects where they struggle.
"With your help I can advance against a troop, with my God I can scale a wall." Psalm 18:29
Pray for your child to grow in their love and understanding of God.
"But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen." 2 Peter 3:18
Pray for your child to grow in courage. Pray that they would not be held back by any specific anxieties or fears they are currently struggling with.
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9
Pray for your child's words, that they would speak with kindness and share truth with others.
"A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver." Proverbs 25:11
Pray that your child would be a light this school year, that their words and actions would bring their peers closer to Jesus.
"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden." Matthew 5:14
Pray for your child's development, that your child would grow physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually
"..in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and with man." Luke 2:52
Pray for your child's mind.
"Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things." Philippians 4:8
Pray that your child would grow in their love toward others, especially those classmates who are most in need of a friend.
"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love." 1 John 4:7-8
Pray for your child's salvation--that they would accept Christ if they have not yet, and if they have, that they would continue to walk in their faith and their salvation.
"Because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved." Ephesians 2:4-5
Pray that your child would take their time and do their school work well, to the best of their ability.
"Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ." Colossians 3:23-24
Pray that your child would grow in kindness and compassion.
"...encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else." 1 Thessalonians 5:14-15
Pray that your child would grow in self-control in the school setting and in their interactions with their peers. Pray for any specific behavioral concerns you may have for your child.
"For the grace of God...teaches us to say "no" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives..." Titus 2:11-12
Pray for your child's protection at school and throughout the school year.
"He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart." Psalm 91:4
Pray that God would bless your child, that they would have a blessed and fruitful school year, that they would experience God's love and thrive and flourish in many areas this school year.
“The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26
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