A Mother’s Prayer for Back to School
It’s that time again. It’s a new school year and with it comes new teachers, new experiences, and new challenges my kids will encounter.
God, I worry. I am always so anxious when the new school year starts, no matter my kids’ ages. There are so many unknowns that each new year holds- so many fears I must relinquish into Your hands. My gosh, I am a wreck, often imagining the very worst that could possibly happen with my kids, but every year I see how you work, I see how you are present in it all and through it all, and I am struck with the deepest gratitude and praise for your blessings. I see how you have grown my kids through it all and I do believe this year will be no different.
Lord, I know you have already planned our days ahead and designed each one with diligent detail. You have set the path before us with a purpose in each circumstance my children will experience and I trust in your plan for them. I must. But letting go has never been easy for me. Each and every day, I will have to prayerfully surrender my kids into the world and believe that You are and always will be the one in control. Each day, I remind myself that they are Your children and I place them back into Your hands.
I thought it would get easier with each passing year, but it actually gets harder. The unknowns get scarier and the risks get bigger- Dangers are always lurking in the shadows of my children’s lives, and that terrifies me.
I beg for your protection over our schools. Please keep the students safe in a world that is full of danger and destruction, division and devastation.
I place in your hands, the tender care of my children, with whom I entrust to you always.
I pray for your provision in all of their needs.
I pray you carefully place people in their path to help them grow and flourish into the people you created them to be.
I pray that the Holy Spirit fills them with peace and strength and discernment in every decision they make.
I pray for their teachers– each one will make indelible marks on their lives in significant ways. I pray you hand-pick each valuable mentor to have a positive impact on their academic growth and also help grow their character.
I pray for your guidance in teaching my kids about responsibility and accountability.
I pray my children will develop a deeper understanding of all they learn this year in their classes.
I pray you will prepare their minds every day to use critical thinking of all the information offered to them.
I pray their education will broaden their perspective of the world they live in.
I pray they develop a self-motivated drive to follow through on assignments and persevere when learning is a challenge.
I pray my children will always honor you in everything they do and everything they say.
I pray that my children shine Your light, so others always see you in them.
I pray they grow in your grace, through every mistake they make and every mistake I make too.
I pray they see those unseen, reach out to those who aren’t included, have compassion for those who struggle, and pour grace on those who need forgiveness.
Oh, Lord, I pray you will guide them with your love and help them be a comfort to those who need it most.
I pray they feel your presence in every step they take through every day.
I pray my children always reach for you before they seek anything else or anyone else.
As we launch another school year ahead, Lord, be with us, go before us and prepare the way.
I ask for wisdom in guiding my kids through it all. They will be exposed to things I have no control over and I want so badly to protect their hearts and minds from the negative influences that will surround them. I tremble at the thought of them discovering more and more of the dark side of this world and how that will taint their view, tarnish their perspective, and taunt their temptations.
I pray for my kids to hold tight to self-control and act with integrity with every decision they make.
Lord, give them the wisdom to seek counsel on conflicts that come and the maturity to resist peer pressure for the sake of their morals.
I pray for all they encounter this school year and I pray you will use their gifts and their strengths to glorify your name.
Lord lead us on…
Prepare our hearts.
Pave our path.
We are forever yours.