Prepare Them With Prayer
By Lindsey Icenogle and Sarah Koniar | August 13, 2019
It’s that time of year — the end of summer. Maybe you have a bit of guilt that you didn’t do enough, swim enough or make enough memories – or, on the other hand, you might be contemplating exactly what speed you can slow down in the carpool lane and still safely drop your kids off; it can be hard. No matter where you land on the balance beam of parenthood, some level of anxiety naturally comes with the end of summer and the start of a new school year. It doesn’t matter if it’s the first day of preschool, high school or anywhere in between, we are sending our babies off into the world to learn, grow and become good stewards all at the hands of someone other than ourselves.
So, how do we prepare them for this new school year?
We all want our children to get off to the best start possible so we make lists, get them to bed earlier, search for the perfect backpack and school wardrobe. These are great ways to get ready but maybe the most important thing to prepare is their heart through prayer.
When we pray with our children and for our children, not only do they get the benefits of our prayers, but we’re teaching them to pray by our example and giving them a legacy to prepare them for the rest of their lives.
Praying with and for our children doesn’t have to be complicated. Make prayer a simple routine and it will calm you and your child in a way that will prepare them for school unlike anything else you could do. Here are just a few ideas to prepare through prayer:
- Pray with your children in the car on the way, even if it’s the same prayer every day.
- Encourage your child to pray for things they might be worried about or simply to have a good day.
- Listen to Christian music in the car and make it a form of worship; worship is a kind of prayer in itself.
- Don’t forget to pray for your student’s teachers, staff and their classmates.
- Journal with your children at night about their day. Teach them to “ let go and let God” or “ pray and release”. Remind them they are safe inside God’s love and he will protect them.
- Use a prayer book, such as The Power of A Praying Parent by Stormi Omartian and pray through it for your child. Bible Praying for Parents by Keith Ferring and Judy Fetzer is another parent resource that provides daily prayer and scripture for children along with a place for you to journal your own thoughts.
Another great way to start the school year off right is by coming to our Blessing of the Backpacks on August 17th at our 5:00 pm worship service. Then stay for the Back to School Bash for food, fun, and community.
The Blessing of the Backpacks is a great way to show your child that God goes with them wherever they are. Your child will get a backpack tag with one of our favorite verses, Joshua 1:9.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
This verse can be a prayer in and of itself. So, if you begin to feel some fear about sending your child off into this new school year, pray this verse over them and know that they’re not alone. The Lord is with them and your prayers are with them. By inviting God into our concerns through prayer, we can relax knowing that God’s word is at work on the playground, in the classroom and in the teachers at school. Let your faith be bigger than your fear and prepare them through prayer for a blessed 2019-2020 school year!