Back to school time is a little different for our family this year, but one thing remains the same: Prayer. Without it, we are adrift in a sea of overwhelming waves. As Emily is starting high school and Benjamin is beginning his junior year with driver’s license in hand, I am wondering how it all flew by so fast.
The truth is, the first time Ben drove away on his own, I called my mom and ugly cried BIG TIME. I’m not exaggerating. After listening for a few seconds, she was sure that Ben had been in an accident. I was virtually unintelligible.
“He’s just a baby.” <sob>. “He can’t be out there on his own.” <sob>. I wailed and thanked God that I was huddled in the bathroom near the tissue.
“Who will scream for him to slam on his breaks? Who will tell him he’s following too closely? This is terrible!”
It was all a little too much until my mom started praying for me and Ben—although it was pretty obvious that I was the one who needed the prayer. As I calmed down I was reminded of the many times over the past 16 years I have prayed simple, and even desperate prayers for my children. Sometimes those words were straight out of scripture, and sometimes they were simply from my heart.
What About You?
Maybe you’re facing back to school with your kids and you’re wondering if this year will be smooth sailing or another hardship. Will they struggle to make friends? Will they connect with their teachers? Will you have what it takes to meet their needs as they grow and change?
After praying with my mom during Ben’s first solo drive, I was reminded once again that I have the opportunity to trust God with my children. But that’s a lot easier to do when I’m intentional in prayer. Won’t you join me?We have the opportunity to trust God with our children. But that’s a lot easier to do when we're intentional in prayer. -Angela Howard Click To Tweet
5 Prayers to Make Back to School Extraordinary
“Lord, I trust You with all my heart. I choose to depend on You and not on myself for understanding my kids and how to raise them as You would have me raise them. I seek Your will in all my decisions. I am confident that You will show me and my kids which paths to take as we begin this new school year together.” (Based on Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT)
“Lord, give me an understanding heart so that I may discern what is happening in lives of my children. Help me and my children to see as You see and to know the difference between right and wrong. I humble myself before You and ask that You would give my children humble hearts so that they will depend on You.” (Based on 1 Kings 3:9 NLT)
Love of God
“Lord, I pray that You will make Your home in the hearts of my children as they trust in You. May their foundation be firm and be completely based on your unshakeable love for them. Make them strong in their faith. Help me to show my children Your love, so that they may know You in a deeper way. May they have the power to understand how wide, how long, how high, and how deep Your love is for them.” (Based on Ephesians 3:17-18 NLT)
“Lord, I pray that you will guide my family and help us to live righteous lives through Your grace. When we face trouble, come to our rescue. We will not be afraid; we know You are with us. We will not be discouraged; You are our God. We trust You will strengthen and help us in our time of need.” (Based on Psalm 34:19 NLT and Isaiah 41:10 NLT)
“Lord, I pray that You would empower our family to be Your ambassadors. Enable my children to live out their faith as they go into the world. Show us all how to love others so that they see You in us. Help us to love not simply in word, but also in action so that others might believe in the message of Your sacrifice and be made right with God.” (Based on 2 Corinthians 5:20-21 NLT)
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How are you making back to school extraordinary for your family? I’d love hear from you in the comments below.
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