(Note from Kat: Today’s post is from my dear friend Erin. We have known each other since our freshman year at Baylor (Sic ‘em Bears!). She’s not a blogger but her kids started school recently and she shared some amazing verses and prayers on Facebook, so I roped her into sharing them with you.
These are SO inspiring and powerful. I pretty much guarantee you’ll be fist bumping your kids on the way out the door this morning.)
Back to School
It’s the most won-der-ful tiiiiiiiime of the year! Or so says one of my favorite commercials from an office-supply store touting all their back-to-school supplies. And it is an amazing time filled with all sorts of possibilities.
As Miss Stacey of Anne Shirley fame so wisely notes, a time with no mistakes in it – yet. But it can also be a time of trepidation, anxiety, and (!) fear.
My kids keep telling me they’re going to be fine, but I still freak out. It can be hard for a mama to let go. But since God tells us to “fear not” I battle it daily by praying His word over my kids.
Here are some of my favorite verses to pray and some simple prayers to go with them. May His peace cover you and yours as we send our kids out to be His ambassadors!
Oh, and by the way, my name’s Erin. I have 3 rowdy and rambunctious kids who are about to leave my days a lot quieter as they’ll all be in school this year.
I’ve been married 15 years to a man who is still the funniest guy I’ve ever met. I love reading, gardening and walking with my friends. And apparently sounding like a contestant on the Dating Game.
5 Prayers for the First 5 Days of School
Isaiah 54:13 “All your children will be taught by the LORD, and great will be their peace.”
“So Lord, I ask that this year my kids would be taught by you, that they would learn the wisdom of God, not just the wisdom of men, that their hearts would be open to you and their minds as well. May everything they learn this year be filtered by you, your word and your wisdom. And may their peace truly be great this year. I ask that fear would not have a place in their hearts, but that they would learn to trust you for themselves. Fill them with faith this year Father. In your holy name, Amen.”
Psalm 71:5 “For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth.”
“Lord, I pray that you would be my kids’ hope and confidence from a young age. I pray they wouldn’t trust in what the world has to offer them or what the world says about them, but they would learn the truth – that what you give is true life and what you say about them is what matters – that they are wonderfully created and truly unique and loved beyond measure. May they never fall for the lies of the enemy that would tell them otherwise. May they find themselves in you and may it make them stand in true confidence. I pray this year would be one where they walk in your hope and confidence. Amen!!”
Proverbs 13:20 “Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.”
“Lord, I ask that my kids would walk with the wise this year. Not the worldly wise, but the ones who are wise in your ways. I pray you would surround them with friends who would encourage them in their walk with you and ones that they could encourage also. I pray they would not be companions to fools – give them wisdom beyond their years to discern friendships and may this be a year of lifelong, intentional relationships. In the name of Jesus, Amen!”
Luke 2:52 “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.”
“Father, I pray that my kids would be like Jesus this year – in every way, really – but especially that they would grow in your wisdom as they learn about the world you created. I pray that they would learn what they need to learn this year and that you would protect them from any knowledge that would be harmful to them. I pray that they would grow in their stature, healthy and whole and free from illness and disease. I ask that they would find favor with you and their teachers and authorities at their school and also with their friends, that they would be a blessing and show people the grace of God this year. Amen!”
Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
“Father God, I pray that this year my kids would overflow with hope! I pray that as the year progresses and the newness wears off that they would remember you and they would be filled with joy. I pray that as problems sink in and anxiety awaits, that they would seek you out and be filled with peace. I pray they would trust you this year and that I would be able to trust you with them as well. Help me to remember that you love them more than I ever could and when I see them going through issues, you have a better understanding of what they need than I do. Help me to remember hardship breeds character and you always know what you are doing. Thank you that your joy and peace are always there waiting for us in your presence. Help us all to seek that this year. We love you! Amen.”
How awesome was that?!
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