And … they’re off.
As my kids head back to school today, my prayer for them as they begin another year is that they are filled with peace. School can be a challenge to navigate at any point, but especially at the beginning of a new year!
So Lord, I do pray. I pray for all the kids who return to school again in the coming weeks.
I pray for our children to learn and grow and stretch their minds, and be disciplined in their studies. I pray they may have favor with their teachers. I pray they grow in wisdom and stature, like Jesus did. I pray they will be honest and fair and treat others the way they wish to be treated.
I pray for them to form new friendships, and to reinforce ‘old’ friendships as well. I pray they can help welcome ‘the new kid’ – whoever that may be. I was ‘the new kid’ myself when I was a child. Not just once, but twice. It’s tough. I pray my kids can be warm and kind and inclusive to those who are new to the school. And Jesus, You had the ‘ultimate new kid’ experience by leaving Heaven to enter into this crazy human experience. Help my kids to love others like You did, by caring and sharing and living their lives with grace and integrity.
I pray for them to be safe. On the playground, in the gym, in the classroom. Keep them from any type of injury, Lord. May there be no intentional harm that comes to school children anywhere this year. I lift up the survivors of school tragedies in Connecticut and Oklahoma, and ask for Your special blessing on their schools and their communities, Lord.
Father, I pray for the teachers. I pray that they might have energy and stamina to share their love for learning with the children in their classrooms. I pray for their health, that you might sustain them as they work long hours and grade tests and papers and prepare for upcoming lessons. I pray they will handle discipline and conflict in a mature way. I pray they, too, will have good friends, family, significant others, etc. to come alongside them and encourage them in their role as potters for the young minds they are molding. I pray they know how very much they are valued and appreciated.
I pray for the school leaders and administrators, Lord. Give our school nurses, custodial staff and lunchroom monitors an extra measure of patience as they interact with youngsters who don’t always make wise choices. Be with our elementary principal, who is battling breast cancer. Heal her body, Lord, and may she make a full recovery. I pray for the principals and office staff in our schools who basically run the buildings. Grant them divine wisdom to handle personal and personnel matters in a way that treats others with dignity, respect, and honors the principles of Your word.
And I pray for my fellow parents. To count our daily blessings and find joy in the little things … as we love our kids dearly and look forward to their safe return every day, and volunteer at school throughout the year. I pray for an extra measure of grace for single parents who are trying to juggle multiple roles and face incredible challenges every day. I pray for working parents to know how best to manage their time and keep order in their homes. I pray for parents whose primary job is in the home. I pray that You will bless their families and help them be wise stewards of their finances, as they forgo monetary income for paychecks of the heart. I pray for my friends who are now empty nesters with their youngest children off to college. Guard and protect the college students while they are away, and help these parents to continue to show love and parent well, albeit from a distance.
So God, I ask that You will grant a mighty blessing on all our kids, and allow them to have a tremendous year ahead. Thanks that we can come to You with all of these requests. Thank You for hearing our prayers and answering them as well.
In the precious name of Jesus I pray, Amen.
(c) 2013 Stephanie Raquel