5 Types of Prayers to Pray for Your Children in School
I find it rather ironic that the beginning of the Jamaican school year coincides with the American Labor Day holiday. That being said, I wanted to really talk about what parents – especially moms- go through when our children go to school. We may act cavalier about it but we have really big fears when our children strap on their school bags and venture out into the "Big Bad World of the School System".
For a lot of us it is the prayers that we use to cover our children that keeps us sane during the time they’re away from us. I’m just going to take a few minutes to share with you 5 types of prayers that we should be praying for our children.
1. Protection – One of the greatest desires of parents is for their children to be safe. Too often the news reports stories of children who are killed or hurt within the perimeters of the place that we send them to get an education. The world is a dangerous place and so we cover our children under the blood of Jesus.
Lord I pray that when ___________ passes through the waters of trials, that you will be with him. When __________ goes through the rivers of destruction, they will not overflow him. I pray that you will protect ___________ through the fire so that he is not burned neither shall the flames scorch him (Isaiah 43:2)
Yahweh, I know that you’re the rock, the mighty fortress and the great deliverer. My God my strength, in you I trust, be __________ shield and the horn of her salvation, her stronghold. (Psalm 18:2)
Today ___________ is on the verge of battle with the enemy. Do not let his heart faint. Do not let him be terrified because of them because I know that you O Lord goes with ___________ to fight for him against the enemy. I know you will save him. (Deuteronomy 20:3-4)
2. Knowledge & discernment – The obvious reason why we send our children to school is for them to get an education. We therefore want them to learn all that they can learn so that they can be all they can be.
As much as we would love to teach them solely from the Bible, unless we are independently wealthy, own a business or a farm, at some point our children are going to need the skillsets to get a job.
So we pray first for knowledge – that they will be able to understand what is taught and apply it at all times. Then we pray for discernment - that they will display good judgement wherever they may be.
Lord I pray that ___________ will seek for knowledge and wisdom as though looking for hidden treasures. I know that wisdom comes from you Lord and so I claim it for ___________ in Jesus’s name.
Jehovah, I put __________ in your hands. I pray that you will help her to apply her heart to instruction and her ears to correction.
3. Diligence – Every parent knows that you don’t maintain straight A’s unless you work diligently at in (unless of course, you’re naturally gifted). So we pray for our children to be meticulous and industrious in everything that they do. A favorite talk of Jamaican parents is: “Study your books so that you can have a better life than I do.”
Dear Lord, please help _____________ to work diligently at whatever task he is given. Not everything will come naturally to him but I ask that you grant him perseverance (Ecclesiastes 9:10).
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4. Courage & self-control – Let’s face it: school can be a scary place. It’s the place where your little angel goes and comes home with habits that he didn’t have before, using words that you’ve never used. They are exposed to a lot of different influences and peer pressure is a real thing. As a Christian our values don’t conform to the world and the person who is different will be pressured to change. And that’s where the courage comes in. Our children will have to be brave enough to stand up for the lessons taught at home. They will have to be brave enough to stand up for Jesus.
They’re also going to need a big dose of self-control because they’re going to have to learn how to pick their battles. Some things have to be fought for, but some things… they have to let it go. Winning a fight sometimes means walking away and that takes a lot of courage and a lot of self-control. One of the biggest things they’re going to have to learn to control is their tongue.
Jehovah, I know that you did not give us a spirit of fear but one of power and of love and self-control. Let this spirit be in ____________. Help her to walk boldly into the place that you have prepared for her.
5. Purpose – We were all created for a purpose but sometimes we lose sight of that, especially as children. I want my son to know that God made him extra-special and that there’s one thing that only he can do… I’m sure you want your child to believe the same thing. But the truth is: the enemy doesn’t want our children to know that they are special and set apart by an awesome God… so that’s exactly why we need to pray for this truth to be manifest in their lives.
Dear Jesus, please help ___________ to know that he was fearfully and wonderfully made. Reveal to him the purpose that he was created for and keep him in the center of your will so that he can accomplish it (Psalm 139:13-14).
There are a myriad of other things that we can and should pray for our children but I hope that these five things gave you a direction in which to start. As parents it’s important to remember that we have to ensure that our children are equipped with knowledge as that will help them to overcome ignorance. As Christian parents we can never lose sight of the fact that the battle is not only physical – it’s spiritual as well. We have to put on the whole armor of God and ensure that our children are likewise equipped so that we can withstand the wiles of the devil.
What things are you praying for your children? Share them in the comments below! Then pop over to Mrs. Disciple for more fun fives.
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