Three Prayers for Back to School
When your kids head back to school this month, they will be entering an environment far different from the school environment we experienced. For most students, they’ll be entering a culture where the gap between what is taught and the truth of God’s Word has never been greater.
But rather than stir us to panic, it should stir us to prayer. More than ever, our children need to be surrounded by the powerful and effective prayers of their fathers and mothers (and other family members). As you’re busy making back-to-school preparations, make a plan to pray for your kids every day as they head off to school. Here’s three things my wife and I aim to pray for our boys each day as they head off to school.
1. That they would be a great Christian example
Daniel as a young man was educated by a Babylonian system greatly contrary to his Jewish upbringing and beliefs and not only did he not lose his faith in God, he served as a shining example of what a mighty and powerful God he served. When God’s favor granted him the ability to interpret the king’s dreams, he was quick to give the credit to God and in turn pointed an entire nation to the one true God. May our children be shining examples of what it looks like to follow Jesus in their integrity, compassion, kindness and truth.
2. That they would be great students
Not only were Daniel and his friends shining lights, they excelled academically at Babylonian High. At the end of their schooling, it was said of them, “In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom.” Daniel 1:20
The favor of God on our children and our faithful prayers, can help our children excel academically. Pray that they would be great students and when they struggle that God would give you solutions to help them succeed.
3. That they would develop God-honoring friendships
I’ve heard it said, “show me your friends and I will show you your future,” and it’s true. There’s probably no greater determining factor of whether our children will develop a genuine, life-long faith in Christ or wander away. 1 Corinthians 15:33 says “bad company corrupts good character.”
We know God has a plan for your child’s future but the enemy also has a plan for their future and his strategy involves them developing relationships that will lead them away from God and His truth. Your prayers can thwart the enemy’s plan and allow your child to develop friendships that are God-honoring and God-glorifying.