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One Way We Prepare for the School Year
Earlier this month, our four children went back to school. It’s hard to believe we have two weeks of school done already. The week before they went back to school, our family prepared for the school year by going on a prayer walk around our children’s schools.
As parents, we have the amazing privilege of praying for our children. This is something my husband Jonathan and I take very seriously. Especially when the school year begins.
Prayer is Powerful
We firmly believe prayer is powerful which is why we go on a prayer walk. There are several verses in the Bible that speak about the power of prayer. Here are just a few:
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6
The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
God hears every single prayer and cares deeply about our requests. We go on a prayer walk because it makes a difference.
We begin on one side of the building and then walk the whole perimeter. The reason we do this is to cover all the ground our children will be on. As we go along, each member of the family takes turns praying. This year our children are at four different schools. Each of our children began the prayer time at their school.
What to Pray For
First, we pray for God’s protection to be over the whole school. We ask Him to keep it safe from all harm. Second, we pray for all the teachers and staff. We pray that they will have wisdom and strength. We also pray for their salvation if they don’t have a personal relationship with Jesus.
Third, we pray that our children will be a shining light for Jesus in their school. That God would use them to draw people to Himself. And lastly, we pray that our kids will thrive at the school and have a great year.
We generally follow this pattern, but other prayer needs come up as we go along. Each of our children pray differently and I love how their personality comes out. I also love hearing our kids pray.
Praying for our children and their schools is an amazing privilege. As we pray for protection, the teachers and staff, for our children to thrive and be a light for Jesus, we can be confident God hears us and will answer.
Prayer is powerful and can change your child’s school year. How can you pray for your children and their school today? A prayer walk can be done even if the school year has already begun. If you decide to go on a prayer walk, I’d love to hear about it. Please comment below.
Another powerful way to pray is by using God’s Word to pray over our children. Join me for the Back to School Prayer Challenge which starts on September 1st. I created the Back to School Challenge to lead us through 21 days of praying over our children.
Each day, I will share a Scripture verse and a prayer to pray based on the Scripture. Sign up below to get each day’s prayer delivered to your email inbox. When you sign up, you will also receive a calendar with the prayer focus for each day of the challenge.