It’s the beginning of a new school year!
We have the excited jitters this year. We’re excited about the awesome things we’ll be learning this year, yet nervous about the changes our world is experiencing.
This school year is unlike anything we’ve faced before, yet God has impressed on my heart that this is an opportunity to pray for our children, to lift them up, and shower them with Bible verses like never before.
Praying for your students, for your homeschool, for your kid’s teachers, or for your school district is a great way to honor God during a difficult season.
The following prayers and Bible verses are how I am praying for my little students this year. I hope these will help you during this back to school season to pray for your students as well.
For courage and strength (Philippians 4:13; Joshua 1:9; 2 Timothy 1:7)
I can do everything by the power of Christ. He gives me strength.
Here is what I am commanding you to do. Be strong and brave.
Do not be afraid. Do not lose hope. I am the Lord your God.
I will be with you everywhere you go.
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
2 Timothy 1:7
God, even though the days ahead may be strange and uncertain, help ____________________ to remember that you are always with them. Remind us all that you have not given fear to us, but power, love, and self-control. Help us to remember that you have unlimited power and you are sovereign over of all the craziness in our world today.
For their faith to grow (Colossians 3:2; Proverbs 3:5-6)
Set your mind on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Heavenly Father, please help our whole family grow deeper in our faith as we go back to school this year. Help ____________ focus on the Bible and enjoy learning about you. Help me to show how we can find God in all of our subjects, including math. You have given us a great world to explore and we want to learn as much as possible.
Open hearts and minds to learn from others (Proverbs 2:1-8; Hebrews 13:17)
My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understand; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints.
Obey your spiritual leaders, and submit to them,
or they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account.
Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.
God our Father, create in _________________ a heart that can be molded by adults and leaders in their life. Help them to be ready to receive information/instruction from authority. Open their heart and mind to the truths about you and the other wonderful information you’ve given us. Only through a teachable heart can a mind be filled with knowledge. If a concept is tough for ________________, please remind them that it’s ok to pray for wisdom and it’s ok to ask for help.
To find Godly friends and to be a Godly friend (Proverbs 18:24)
A man that hath friends must show himself friendly, but there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
Proverbs 18:24 (KJV)
Lord, we all need good friends. Help us as we find new friends this year. Help ______________ to be friendly and kind. Help them to find friends that will treat them well. Please send the right kind of friends to our kids so that they can build each other up and in turn become better Christians.
Every parent has specific concerns for their kids based off the experiences and history the family has faced. If these prayers don’t fit your family’s needs, I encourage you to check out some of the other examples out there.
What’s on your mind for this year? How will you be praying for your kids?
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