For some parents this day is difficult. You may be reading this through a haze of tears as you've sent your first off to kindergarten. I pray the Lord brings you peace today.
For some parents this is exciting as you embark on a new year of learning at home. May the Lord be your inspiration today.
And yet for others, you are fighting the guilt at the relief this day brings. I pray the Lord steps in and eases you of that guilt, and directs it into a refreshment of the calling He has placed on your life at this time.
For all of us parents with school-aged children, this season of the year is an invitation to revisit, renew and expand our prayer life for our children. As I mentioned in my devotion today (you can read it at Proverbs 31), I find my prayers tend to narrow to the common denominator of protection. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that, and I will pray for my children's safety my entire life.
But I know the Lord is calling me to pray for more. So today, I'm going to start the discussion, but then I hope you'll join in with how you pray for your children.
Here are some areas I believe the Lord wants me to pray about:
- My child's friends and their family situations
- My child's teachers
- The volunteers that work with my children at church, school and other organizations like Girl Scouts
- Athletic coaches
- Increased faith
- Boldness to speak the truth
- Integrity to do what she/he says she will do
- Confidence in Christ
- Wisdom and discernment
- Patience with other children
- Conversation skills
- Bravery in the face of bullying
How do you pray for your children? Please share so we can all learn to pray with more expectation, and link arms to raise up a generation of children who will impact our world for God.
In His Love,