Few parents can send their children off to school without worrying. Will they fit in? Will they be happy? Will they understand the schoolwork? A parent only has to think about headlines of past years to worry over their safety.
In all the commotion of starting the new school year it is easy to forget a parentís greatest power tool for caring for their kids - prayer.
Matthew 17:20 tells us that even a little bit of faith works miracles. Faith as small as a mustard seed will move a mountain.
In Mark 11:23,24 Jesus says that if we believe and do not doubt, whatever we ask for in prayer will be given even with bold things such as asking a mountain to throw itself into the sea.
Think about setting up a regular schedule of prayer for your children as they go back to school. If prayer has never been a habit of yours, there is no better time to start than now.
- In the morning over breakfast or just before they head out the door, pray with them.
Heavenly Father, Please be close to Michelle and Cody today and protect them on their way to school and all day at school and as they return home. Keep evil from coming their way and Father, help them to resist the temptation to do things they shouldnít.
- Everyday at lunch as you think about your children, say a prayer for their encouragement.
Father God, I pray that Alyssa will be willing to participate in class today and I ask that you will send her a good friend to encourage her.
- Every evening as you discuss the events of the day with your children, thank God for a good day and ask Him for wisdom in stressful situations.
Thank you, Father, that Emily did well on her spelling test today. Would you please give her understanding about her argument with her friend Christy and give her the right words to say to Christy tomorrow.
- For the willful child. (Remember the mountain!)
Father, I ask that Andy will change his attitude about school and begin to look forward to attending every day. I pray that there will be one special teacher who will be able to connect with him and change his mind toward learning.
You may not be able to pray with that child but remember to tell him occasionally, in an encouraging and loving way, that you are praying for him.
- Ask your children what they would like you to pray for. You may hear about concerns you were unaware of.
You want the best for your children. Donít try to do it on your own and ask for the help that has always been there and then trust in Godís wisdom and power. In doing so, you will be teaching them that Jesus is Lord of your life, and not only assure them of a good school year but a victorious life.
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