Praying for your kids is such an important responsibility for us as parents. During each of my pregnancies, I prayed my children through each development. God as my witness, EVERY thing I prayed for them came to pass. From their personalities to their hair color.
As my son is starting his first year of preschool it hit me: he is slowly leaving my physical covering. Because he will no longer be spending his every hour with me. But that doesn’t mean he ever has to walk away from my prayer covering. Especially in today’s world, our children don’t only have to face peer pressure or bullying or the stress of maintaining good grades, but their is the reality of outside threats. So what I want to do is empower us mommies to cover our children and have perfect peace when we send them off to school.
The first thing we have to do is remember that our children are first God’s! He has trusted us with His children to raise them and teach them the way to go.
So make it normal to ask your child how you can pray for them. Ask them about their friendships and how you can pray for them. When you start from an early age it will be easier to get information out of them when they are older. (I think. I don’t have older kids so I’m assuming that will work.) I had friends growing up whose parents did this and I would love to say they all ended up sharing everything with their parents but some didn’t. So you have a 50/50 chance it will work lol. Take your chances because you have nothing to lose, and everything to gain!
When I pray, I like to start with worship. I just enjoy coming before the Lord and worshiping Him for who He is and all He has done before I ever bust out my prayer list. I’m not saying this is how you have to pray. I’m just sharing how I spend my time with God. I believe it’s first important to take care of your relationship with God before you ever begin to pray for your child’s relationship with Him. It just seems simple to me, because I’ve grown up hearing that we teach what we know but we reproduce who we are. So I always want to make sure who I am is someone I want my children to be.
So I start there. First with me. I ask God if there is any fear in me about my child being at school that He remove it. And change my heart because where fear is faith cannot be. So I start my checking my heart and ask God for His perfect peace concerning my time away from my children. Then I began to pray for his teachers. I thank God for Godly counsel and that his teachers have a relationship with God and if they don’t that they may come to desire one from their interactions with my children. I pray for patience for their teachers because being a teacher isn’t an easy job. I thank God for the teachers’ desire to teach my children.
Then I go through my child’s day.
I pray my son is nice to his classmates and that he always shows the love of Christ. I pray he not give into temptation to fit in. But rather embrace his ability to stand out. I pray he is a good listener and obediently does what he is asked the first time. I pray he is a sponge soaking up all the knowledge that is being taught to him but also a trash can dumping any ungodly knowledge he may see or hear. I pray his conversations are good ones. I pray his innocence is protected. I pray for a hedge of protection around his whole school. I declare his school is a safe place to be. In Jesus name. I pray for the children in his classroom. I pray for any child who goes home to mistreatment or abuse, that God would make me a light to those parents and would open up a door for relationship to speak into their lives.
I pray that I remain actively involved in my children’s learning and academics. I pray that I not get lazy just because they are spending time at school, but rather that God would reveal to me creative ways to engage my child’s mind and continue to teach them at home in a fun way.
We pray that this post is helpful and that your children would have an amazing school year and would be used at their school, in their classroom, with anyone they come in contact with to be a light for Jesus and a tool God can use in any way He needs to. ❤️❤️❤️