This is the first time I’ve felt this way since I’ve been in school myself. The knots in my stomach, the butterflies, the bittersweet sense of growing up, all tell-tale signs of something new. Our children’s education is absolutely no joke, so I’ve been sopping up all the back to school prayers.
We start homeschooling in the Fall and I’m sobbing on the inside because my first born is growing up. I’m also kind of losing my cool because I don’t even know where to start. Back to school woes are serious, so seeking out God’s will has been my number one priority.
I started praying over my children the moment I found out that I was pregnant. I can remember in my daily prayer time walking with my hands over my stomach praying that the Lord would grant safety over them. That they would dwell in peace, that He would be with them all the days of their lives.
Now, as they are growing up, I find myself still continually praying over them. My prayers of safety and peace are only stronger, but they have also transformed into praying for them as individuals too. I find myself seeking God on their behalf. As I imagine that Christ does for us.
I love reading through the Bible and finding scriptures that apply to or lives, our situations, or our circumstances. When we pray prayers using scripture, we can stand with surety that we have the backing of God and his word!
10 Back to School Prayers
1. Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
Oh the responsibility we have as Christian parents; leading, guiding, instilling in our children the goodness of Christ. Furthermore, as parents, we are instructed to teach our children not only about Christ, but about the the past, about the world, and about life (Deuteronomy 6). Pray that the Lord help you to train, and teach, your children by His way. When we abide by Christ’s will, we know that we won’t be betrayed.
2. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
What better way to raise our children than that they be full of the fruits of the Spirit? When we teach our children to treat others with kindness, we teach them the ways of Christ. Let your lives be examples of the ways of God, instill it within them, but also pray that your children lead lives that portray these fruits as well.
3. Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe. 1 Timothy 4:12
Jesus said “suffer not that the little children come unto me”. Let your children know of their worth in the Lord. Teach them of Kings and Queens and great men of war that were in their youth. Pray that your children are, and know that they are, mighty in the Lord.
4. And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave their testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfill all my will. Acts 13:22
God talks so highly of David. As a young man, he so desired the Lord, and was greatly regarded for it. What if we could teach our children to have that heart after Christ? Pray that the Lord be at the center of the heart of your children, lay them upon the altar and allow God to reign in their lives.
5. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:58
Lord, help our children know that with you they are safe, they are true, they are right. When they abide by the rule of God, they will know that there is honor and reward despite the Earthly outcome. Let their work be by the rule of your hand and the light of your goodness.
6. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: James 1:19
That the words of our children not be without repute. Let them learn to listen and hear and be wise. That they take much thought for the words of others, for the heart of another, and not be quick to bring judgement or ill will.
7. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. Ephesians 4:29
We pray that our children be full of wisdom, that their words be of love and of respect. That they learn to speak in turn, and by the leading of your Spirit. That the bitter be far from the sweet will of God.
8. And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart. Jeremiah 24:7
Lord, that our children always be yours. That their hearts be fully turned towards you, that if for any way they ever stray, they would one day turn back to you, because you are the keeper of their hearts.
9. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Isaiah 26:3
That the minds of our children be like a heart after Christ, continually thinking upon Him. That the perfect peace of God abound in them because they follow after you. That as parents, our lives would be models of His truths, that they would also trust in You.
10. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. John 14:26
Fill them with your Spirit, that they be full of the understanding of our Lord Jesus Christ. Of His will, of His power, His goodness and grace and mercy and knowledge. That with it they would teach others of the mercy of our Lord.