The last evening of summer, I took my children out for ice-cream to celebrate.
I had intended to say fare-well to summer with a bang, but my week got away from me, so we settled for a quick trip to Cold Stone just down the road. All week little regrets had slithered through my mind, all those things I had wanted to do with the kids that we never got around to doing.
And then I decided that instead of looking back at what I missed, I could look forward to what was ahead.
I sent one child up to prep for bed, and grabbed the other one to my side. After a kiss to the temple, I tipped our heads together and began to pray for the first day of school, and all the days after. Then I did the same with my other child.
We all went to bed happy, and excited for another year of classes.
So when children start another year of school, how can moms pray over them?
1) Blessing and favor on her children: Pray that they would have have positive, healthy relationships with teachers and staff, that they would be treated fairly and given the classes and lessons that are best for them.
2) A teachable spirit and motivation to work hard: Some kids love school, and some don’t. Pray that they would be open to what they are learning rather than resistant, and always do their best.
3) Godly influences and friendships: The enemy can entice kids with the wrong crowd or charismatic adults, so pray that the children will be surrounded by good people. Also, pray God will protect them from conforming to the ways of the world.
4) Confidence to stand up for what is right: In social settings, children will face peer pressure of all kinds. Pray that they resist this pressure, stand firm in their faith, and express integrity in all things (no cheating or stealing, speaking out against bullying, etc.)
Each of these items can be broken down further and tailored to the needs of each child. When it comes to friendship, I pray for my daughter much more than my son, because she is more social. But he struggles more with doing his assignments, so my prayers for him center more around school work.
Whether its a public school, private school, or lessons taught at home, all children will face challenges. Moms have the privilege of covering them in prayer and trusting God to take care of them!