As children are making their way back to school, we can pray over them with power and passion! Here are four ways to lift up your child during this season. Pray for:
A Calm Heart: When a child or grandchild is headed to school, pray for them (and maybe even yourselves, HA) to have a calm heart. Ask the Lord to give peace of mind and His assurance for the new beginning. Psalm 29:11 (NIV) reads “The Lord gives strength to His people, the Lord blesses His people with peace.” John 14:27 (NIV) says, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” Whether you have a preschooler or a young adult in college, pray for your loved ones to have a calm heart as they return to school.
A Confident Heart: Pray for your child or grandchild to have the confidence needed to face each assignment, class, and challenge. Pray for courage and boldness to tackle each obstacle. Pray for confidence to try new things and make new friends. Pray for the assurance to become all that God has for them. Pray for a confident heart for your child and grandchildren. 2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV) “For the spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self- disciple.”
A Compassionate Heart: Pray for your child to have a compassionate heart toward those who are hurting. Pray for your child to see the needs around him/her and to be willing to help others. Pray for God’s compassion to shine in them and through them. Pray that your children will give freely to others just like Christ has given to them. Colossians 3:12 (NIV) “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.”
A Christ-Centered Heart: Pray for your child or grandchild to have a heart that stays focused on Him regardless! Pray he/she can have a Christ-Centered heart when facing an ungodly culture. Pray for him/her to be a man or a woman after God’s own heart. Matthew 6:33 (NIV) reads “But seek you first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.”
As we let them go sweet friends, rest in the power of prayer. “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:16 (NIV) God’s got this! He actually loves those kiddos more than you do! Pray for them! But trust Him!