Can you believe that it is the beginning of a new school year? Even though my children are not in school, I see the first day of school pictures posted on facebook, hear the moms at church talking about new schedules, activities that are starting up again, and how they are anticipating the craziness of a new routine. It’s a hectic but exciting time made up of new schedules being introduced, fresh white paper being put in newly purchased notebooks, and nervous children being dropped off at schools and bus stops.
Even though I homeschooled my children they were involved in many arenas of schooling. They took classes at a co-op and a local college and played sports with a Christian school and a community league. There were different levels of pressure in each situation, so they were tested in many ways. It became clear, early on, that I would need to be on my knees praying for the heart’s of my children!
With that in mind, I wanted to share with you some ways that you can be praying over your children as they return to school!
15 Prayers To Pray As Your Children Begin a New School Year
1. That they would be a light and a positive influence among their peers rather than being negatively influenced by their peers. (Matthew 5:14,16; Ephesians 5:7-14)
2. That they would remember that God has not given them a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (John 14:7; Joshua 1:9)
3. That they will realize and understand that they can do all things through Christ who strengthens them.(Philippians 4:13)
COMPASSION FOR CLASSMATES
4. That they would be kind, stand up for, and show compassion to everyone – especially those who are treated poorly by others. (Colossians 3:12; Ephesians 4:32)
5. That they would look for opportunities to serve and encourage those around them. (Hebrews 6:10)
TRUST IN GOD’S SAFETY AND PROTECTION
6. That they would know that God is able to protect and keep them. (1 Corinthians 1:8)
7. That they will draw from the strength of God and be faithful.( 1 Samuel 2:9)
8. That they will remember that God is their helper and is always with them. (Hebrews 13:6)
9. That they would keep their eyes on God and be confident in Him. (Psalm 16:8-9)
10. That they would surround themselves with people who will help them grow closer to you. (Proverbs 13:20; 1 Corinthians 13:33)
11. That they would learn to be, and be an example of, a friend that will sharpen and love others at all times. (Proverbs 17:17 ; Proverbs 22:11 ; Proverbs 27:17 )
12. That they will grow in knowledge, understanding, wisdom and discernment (Psalm 111: 10; Proverbs 13:13; James 1:5)
13. That they will be diligent workers in their school work and any extra-curricular activity. (Proverbs 13:5; Provers 12:24; Ecclesiastes 9:10)
14. That the scriptures they have already learned, read, and heard would be a lamp to thier feet and a light to thier path. (Psalm 119:105)
15. That as a parent, I would have wisdom, patience, and the ability to show much grace to my children as they continue to grow in all of these aspects of their lives.
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