“You are as much serving God in looking after your own children, training them up in God’s fear, minding the house, and making your household a church for God as you would be if you had been called to lead an army to battle for the Lord of Hosts.”Charles Spurgeon
The new school year is upon us. Some school have already opened and some will do so in the next couple of weeks. It’s going to be a unique time for our children to go back to school.
While there has been various options and choices for us as parents and for our governments as to what school will look like, we’re all adjusting to new realities.
As parents, we still have some things in our control and some things which are definitely not. While a lot has changed, something remains the same-we need to keep praying for our children as they head back to school.
Prayer is going to a battle
Ephesians 6:10-18 details the armor of God that we need to fight the spiritual battles we face daily.
And at the end, it says:
“praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints”Ephesians 6:18
The Bible tells us here to “Watch and Pray”. We also need to pray with perseverance. Sometimes we wonder how we can serve more in God’s kingdom. Well, going to battle for our children in prayer is one way.
So as our children go back to school, we need to go to battle for them in prayer. We need to ensure our prayers cover them- their minds, bodies and souls so that they are equipped to handle a new school year.
5 Important Back to School Prayers
1. God’s Protection
“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most HighPsalm 91:1-2
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.””
We need God to protect our children as they go back to school. We know the enemy only intends to harm them for he comes to steal, kill and destroy. But we stand in the promises of God as we pray.
Only God can protect our children at all times. He will protect them physically, mentally and spiritually from powers and principalities that stand in the way of their victory as school children.
Prayer for protection
Lord we thank you for the children you have given us. We worship You Almighty God for You have all the power. You alone are our refuge. We stand in the gap for our children as they go back to school.
May they dwell under the shadow of Your wings. May You protect them against any harm. Cover them with Your feathers. Send Your angels to surround our children. We put our trust in You Lord.
In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
2. Godly friends
“Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”“1 Corinthians 15:33
“As iron sharpens iron,Proverbs 27:17
So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.”
There’s no doubt about it- having good friends is important to the development and character of our children. We need to teach our children to be able to choose good friends that support the values we’re teaching them at home.
As parents we ought to be vigilant and diligent when it comes to the friends our children keep. We need to observe their friends and listen to their conversations.
Even befriending our children’s friends on social media can help us know the type of personality they have and if they have a good influence on our children.
Prayer for Godly friends
Heavenly Father, we pray that our children would be surrounded by godly friends. Friends that will sharpen their character. Friends that will help them become more like You Lord.
Help our children to be able to choose the right friends and when they’re not able to, may we as their parents be able to guide them to have good friends. May our children also be a good influence to their friends.
In Jesus name we pray. Amen
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”Philippians 4:13
“But those who wait on the LordIsaiah 40:31
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.“
School work can tend to hard for our children. Even when I help my daughter with her, sometimes I’m surprised at what she’s learning already. But even for things that are easy for us now because we have hindsight and have passed that stage, our children may struggle.
We need to pray for God to strengthen them to keep going and never give up even though school may be tough. It’s important that we trust God to renew their strength. We also pray for our children to believe that in God, they really can do ALL things.
Prayer for strength
Lord we bring our children to You. We humbly ask that You may strengthen them to do their schoolwork. Even when they struggle may they rely on You to renew their strength.
May they not become weary of doing the hard things but remember there’s a reward in their hard work. Like eagles, as school gets hard because it’s a new year for them, may they see this as an opportunity to learn and grow. We pray that they develop new skills that will support their next step in their schooling.
In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
“And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.“Luke 2:52
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.“James 1:5
As our children head back to school, we want to pray for God to help them grow in wisdom. Just like Jesus grew in wisdom, we desire the same for our children.
Wisdom is desirable because wise children can choose Godly friends. Wise children don’t give up on themselves and their studies. Everyone loves to hang around wise children- Jesus gained favor with God and man because He was wise.
The Bible has an open invitation for us to ask God for wisdom if we’re lacking it and He will give is to us. The same way God gave wisdom to King Solomon in the Bible when He asked for it, He can do the same for our children as well.
Prayer for wisdom
Lord as our children go back to school, given them wisdom to make the right choices. May they grow to be wise and win the favor of both men and God.
We pray that they trust in You to direct their paths. Help them offer good counsel to their friends and those around them. Thank you that you have given them a Spirit of power, love and a sound mind. Increase their knowledge, insight and understanding.
In Jesus name we pray amen.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”Jeremiah 29:11
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.“Hebrews 10:23
It’s been a tough year. Not only for us as parents but for our children as well. At times we can find ourselves losing hope of a better day, a ”normal” life and a brighter future.
We need to pray for our children to continue to hold on to Hope in God and never lose faith in His goodness, grace, mercy and lovingkindness.
This post has 15 Inspirational Hope quotes that will encourage you through these tough times.
Prayer for Hope
Oh Lord, this year has not been easy. We have found ourselves losing hope as parents. Even our children are losing hope in a better tomorrow. But we choose to hold on to your promises because we know You are faithful.
We know that you have great plans for our children- to given them peace, a future and hope. May we all continue to place our Hope in You. As our children go back to school, we pray that they would be full of Hope. You hold their future in Your hands.
In Jesus name we pray. Amen
My Encouragement to you
As we are preparing school supplies for the school year, let us also prepare our hearts and those of our children to face the future with wisdom, strength and hope. God is faithful. We can’t be everywhere with our children but God is. We can put them safely in His hands through prayer.
Lord, thank you for the children you’ve given us. They are a true blessing and gift.
As they head back to school, we ask that may you protect them from any harm. Put your angels to guard them. Hide them under the shadow of Your wings.
Give them good friends that will sharpen them O Lord. May they also be a good influence to their friends. Give them strength to do their schoolwork and all that is on their plate in the coming year. We pray that You may give them wisdom, understanding and knowledge. May they continue to hold on to the hope we find in you.
In Jesus name we pray. Amen.