“Pour out your heart like water before the face of the Lord. Lift your hands toward Him for the life of your young children.” Lamentations 2:19
Yall, it is still Back-to-School means Back-to Jesus month and for this Faith Filled Friday, we will be talking about PRAYER–again! (I feel like we need to cue the organ music and get up and do a little jig.)
Last week, we were privileged to hear from the heart of a Christian educator, Morgan Preston, as she shared tips of beginning the school year covering her students and classroom in prayer.
And…. we have also shopped the local Dollar Tree stuffing the 5 essential items in our Back-to-Jesus Bags. I don’t know about you, but encouraging my children to continue building a daily relationship with Jesus through scripture reading, memorization, journaling, and prayer, also encouraged me. Truth: I totally use the colored pens that I bought MaryAlice.
Well, today, we will focus on putting our prayers into motion by praying these 10 prayers over our children.
10 Back-to-School Prayers for Your Children
1. Pray that they know that they know that they know!
“For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3: 16
“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10
“And we can be sure that we know Him if we obey His commandments. If someone claims, ‘I know God,’ but doesn’t obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and is not living in the truth. But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love Him. That is how we know we are living in Him.” 1 John 2 3-5
2. Pray that they will be the light in the darkness.
“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they set it on a lampstand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16
“The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:15
3. Pray they would be confident in who they are in Christ.
“But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for He called you out of the darkness into His wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14
4. Pray that they are a friend to the friendless.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” John 13:34
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.” 1 John 4:7
“Be sensitive to each other’s needs — don’t think yourselves better than others, but make humble people your friends. Don’t be conceited.” Romans 12:16
5. Pray that they remain pure in heart, mind, and body.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Matthew 5:8
“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” I Corinthians 6:19-20
6. Pray that they would recognize lies from the enemy.
“Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves. You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Matthew 7:15-16a
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10
7. Pray that they would respect authority.
“Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.” Romans 13:1
“Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 1 Peter 5:5
“Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work” Titus 3:1
8. Pray they would appreciate the gift of education.
“Whatever you do, work at it with your whole being, for the Lord and not for men, because you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as your reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossians 3:23-24
“And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;” Colossians 1: 9-10
9. Pray that they would boldly share the Gospel.
“Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ. Remember, it is better to suffer for doing good, if that is what God wants, than to suffer for doing wrong!” 1 Peter 3: 15-17
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. ” Romans 1:16
“For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.” Luke 12:12
10. Pray that they would serve others.
“Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10: 43-45
“but through love serve one another.” Galatians 5:13b
“Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:9-11
We can commit to intentionally praying over our children, grandchildren, and even those we teach, counsel, interact with, and give smiles to in the grocery with this. Go to war for the sake of your children’s heart, mind, and body. God has HUGE plans for them. Help them to walk worthy.
Be intentional covering your children in prayer.
Prayer, the most essential tool that we as believers have in our Jesus Tool Belt, is often the last tool utilized.
Enjoy this prayer calendar, and leave a comment on how you are praying for your children; we can glean from one another. I look forward to hearing from you.
Until next time: pray, read God’s Word, and do what He tells ya to do.
Heather McVey, a speaker and accidental writer, has a passion for connecting the dots of God’s Word. Her mission is focused on teaching women how to unfold the scriptures within their own life, encouraging and equipping them to walk worthy of their calling. Learn more about her in Meet Heather.
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