Wondering how to pray for your children this school year? Looking for scripture to focus on this school year?
Perhaps you’re counting down to back to school, finally some order. Or maybe you’re more like me, struggling to adjust to the idea of getting back to a structured schedule.
Whichever feelings August brings, back to school time typically brings busy schedules, long shopping lists and plenty of distractions to keep you out of the word.
Why Should I Pray Using Scripture?
Our God desires fellowship with us. We can pray anytime, anywhere and in nearly any manner. We don’t have to only pray scripture but using scripture can help us stay focused on Him. The human mind, it is ever wandering.
“If I try to pray for people or events without having the word in front of me guiding my prayers, then several negative things happen.
…[One] negative thing is that my mind tends to wander, and I think instead about what I’m wearing, or that there is a Venetian blind that is halfway open, or that there is a siren out on the street and I’m wondering what is happening. I’m jerked all over the place by my inattentiveness.
But the Bible holds my attention because I’m looking at it and reading it. . . . I’ve said to people, “You can pray all day if you pray the Bible.” Some people wonder how you can pray longer than five minutes, because they would lose things to pray for. But I say that if you open the Bible, start reading it, and pause at every verse and turn it into a prayer, then you can pray all day that way.”
7 Important Scriptures To Pray Over Your Children
Using scripture can keep our eyes focused firmly on Him. It can keep us on task and make it harder for life’s distractions, especially the overwhelming back to school list, to lose our focus on Him.
As we head back to school this year, you can be:
#1: Praying For Them To Be A Light In Their School – Matthew 5:14
You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. – Matthew 5:14
Whether public, charter or Christian school, your children have the opportunity to be a light in a world sometimes overtaken with darkness. If you homeschool, pray that they are a light within their community. Pray that they are a light at co-op, the library and the playground.
Our children are part of a generation battling bullying that can hit at all hours (cyber bullying). They are constantly bombarded with images and words in the media that go against biblical principles. Pray that your children will be a light that outshines this darkness. Pray that they speak truth, show love and display Christ’s compassion.
Praying for this scripture for the school year can be a reminder to you and your children to always be a light.
#2: Praying For Them To Work Hard Unto Him – Colossians 3:23-24
And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. – Colossians 3:23-24
As a parent, one of the things I hope to instill in my children is a solid work ethic. In an era where finding the easy way out can be encouraged, pray your children learn to focus on doing work properly. Pray that even the most mundane assignments be an opportunity to practice doing all things unto Him. Pray that when the work is hard, that they learn to push through and lean on the Lord.
#3: Praying For Them To Recognize Authority – 1 Peter 2:13
Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake – 1 Peter 2:13
One of the best ways to be a light in a world that allows disrespect is to show respect for authority. Pray that your children recognize their teachers as the authority. Pray that they respect the rules of their school, bus and extracurriculars.
Respecting authority is an important aspect of spiritual maturity. It is also an important life skill, one that is necessary for good employment and interactions with those around us.
Respecting authority does not have to mean following a leader into darkness. It does not mean never questioning what a teacher says. However, it means if you disagree you do so through the proper channels. Pray that your children address any concerns with you. Pray that your children learn the difference between not agreeing with a teacher and disrespect. Pray that your children learn that you can respect one in authority even if you dislike how they lead.
#4: Praying For Them To Keep Their Eyes Open And Recognize Unbiblical Things – John 14:26
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. – John 14:26
Pray that the Lord will open their eyes to anything unbiblical that they encounter at school or out in the community. Pray that they are open to the Holy Spirit’s prompting to speak truth or to walk away. Pray that their eyes are open to deceit found online or on TV.
Pray that His voice is louder than any of the voices around them.
#5: Praying For Them To Have An Even Temper – James 1:19-20
So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. – James 1:19-20
Busy schedules, not enough rest and still maturing means staying even tempered can be difficult for children. However, it’s important to pray that our children continually learn to be slow to speak and slow to anger. Teaching children to pause before reacting can help them be a light in their school.
Teach them that it’s okay to have big emotions, but they need to learn to pause and work through them before reacting. Pray that they grasp this concept and pray that we’re a good example for them.
#6: Praying For Them To Be A Friend To The Friendless – 1 John 4:7-8
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. – 1 John 4:7-8
In a time where Buddy Benches and inclusivity assemblies are necessary, pray that your children be a good friend to all those around them. Pray that they embody God’s love. Pray that they are the comfort another friend is praying for.
Popularity and exclusion have always been present in school. Pray that your child focuses on God’s calling to be a friend and that they aren’t tempted to exclude for the sake of popularity. Pray that your children are truly a light by being a good friend.
#7: Praying For Them To Grow And Mature – 2 Peter 3:18
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen. – 2 Peter 3:18
If my children end the year with straight A’s but they have not grown in the grace and knowledge of the Lord, I cannot say they had a successful year.
Pray that your children grow in His grace and knowledge. Pray that as parents we also grow. Pray that we are good examples to our children by staying in the Word and in prayer in order to grow.
Pray that our children take faith seriously.
Whatever feelings August brings, pray that we all rest in the Lord this year.
Feeling stressed about the upcoming school year? Be sure to read 5 Things Every Mom Needs To Remember About God’s Character for reminders of why you can rest in the Lord.