It’s that time of year…back to school! Unfortunately, worry doesn’t take a break, even for school. In fact, the beginning of the school year can arouse worry and anxiety not only for our kids, but also for us as parents.
As you arm your students with pens and paper, consider equipping them with specific Scriptures for their days. Or pray intentionally over them as they eat breakfast, board the bus, or drive away for the first time.
Here are some examples:
- Please bless (child’s name) with faith like Abraham. Just as Abraham walked boldly into a foreign land, give (child’s name) courage to walk into his new class/school knowing that You are with him.
- Lord, you gave King Solomon the great gift of wisdom in all circumstances. Allow (child’s name) to exercise wisdom as he hangs with friends, talks with teachers, and does his schoolwork. Just as you sustained Solomon with wisdom, draw (child’s name) back to your Word, the source of all truth.
- Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego bonded together to stand against a sinful king. God, encourage (child’s name) in their heart to pick solid friends like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego did. Together, through your Spirit, they were able to do what was right. Help (child’s name) pick godly, encouraging friends.
- Inspire (child’s name) to diligence and a strong work ethic. Plant Paul’s words in Colossians in their brain: “Whatever you do (whether science, math, reading, sports, etc.), work at it with all your heart, as working for the LORD, and not man.” Col. 3:23
In addition to prayers, consider blessing your children. Jim and I bless our kids every night at bedtime. But a blessing can be given any time of day, even as they’re walking out the door.
A blessing not only imparts Scripture to their hearts, it verbalizes your love and future desires for them. The gift of a blessing is a powerful thing. For more on that topic, check out The Blessing by Gary Smalley and John Trent.
Here are some biblical blessings Jim and I speak over our kids:
- “The Lord bless and keep you, the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you, the LORD look upon you with favor, and give you His peace.” Numbers 6:24 – 26
- “I bless you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”
- “May you have power, together with all of God’s people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.” Ephesians 3:18
- “God grant you not a spirit of timidity, but one of power, love, and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7
What are some blessings or prayers you speak over your children?