This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him. – 1 John 5:14-15
It thrills me to discover that of all 256 posts I’ve written, the most visited is “Prayer for Our School Children”. Why does it thrill me? Because that tells me there are lots of praying parents and care takers, so there are lots of children, teachers, and schools being covered in prayer! Praise be to God!
Here is a reprint, originally posted on this site on Aug 24, 2007:
A teacher in my son’s public school pulled me aside in the hallway one morning as the children were arriving. She asked if I prayed. I said that I did. She then asked me to pray for the children in her class and gave me two specific prayer requests for them. She concluded her thoughts with a comment I will always remember. She said she could tell which children were prayed for, and many in her class needed someone to pray for them. (Doesn’t that comment just tug at your heart?)
Be sure to pray for your children and for other children who don’t have someone praying for them. Following is a prayer I wrote in August of 2005 as my children started a new year of school:
Dear Heavenly Father,
I seek Your presence, coming before You with thanksgiving for the wonderful blessings You have given me through my children. Raising a child is an awesome and often overwhelming responsibility, yet You have entrusted these children to me, so I come to You now to lift them up to You as they begin a new year at school. Please, Lord, keep my children safe from harm and evil. Please keep the buses and carpool vehicles safe. Please let Your presence be in the school to keep it safe, positive, and a good environment where children can be comfortable and able to learn.
Although we cannot speak of You or pray outwardly to You in many schools, let the Christians in the schools share Christ’s love and the lessons He taught with their words and actions. I pray that my children will be positive influences on those around them, conducting themselves in a Christ-like manner and resisting temptations to behave in ways that are not acceptable or allowed in school.
Lord, I thank You for the many gifts, talents, and blessings You have given my children and pray that they will continue to use and grow those gifts; and that their actions and accomplishments will be pleasing to You and bring glory to You.
Lord, I also pray for myself as a parent. Please help me to be there for my children in the ways that they need me to be. Help me to understand them and know how to support them, even ‘fight’ for them, if needed. I pray that You will give me the wisdom to know when to help, when to encourage, when to motivate, and when to sit back, being more mindful of their needs and what is best for them instead of giving in to my protective and dominating tendencies. I pray also for wisdom in helping them when they face difficulties and challenges. Help their father and I to rule with patience and grace – even in the most frustrating of situations.
And Lord, I pray that You will instill in their hearts the desire to learn, grow, mature, and thrive in their educational settings. Most importantly, please keep within them the desire to keep You in their lives, not allowing less godly influences to push You aside.
Please also help us to communicate and stay close.
I pray for every parent who shares these prayerful concerns and ask that You guide and bless them as they love and care for their children. I pray, too, for the children who don’t have someone to pray for them. May those children find people in their lives who can lead and inspire them. To You, my Heavenly Father I pray, with Jesus as my Lord and Savior, and in the love of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Thanks for visiting this site, and God bless you!