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Praying for My Child’s Fears

Praying for My Child’s Fears

School is starting up and with a new year comes change. Personally I don’t know many people who love change. Yes, we like new things—but usually in the context of what’s already familiar.

My kids are the same way, and I’ve noticed that the start of school—with all its inherent changes—can bring some hidden fears to light.


  • Fear of failure
  • Fear of others’ opinions
  • Fear of change
  • Fear of not being safe

As an adult, I know that the one sure remedy to fear is to trust God. But our kids are still in the process of learning that. So this year I’m focusing on asking God to use their fears to draw them to Him and then to banish those things that trouble them. I want turning to Him to be so ingrained in their lives that God is the first person they turn to when fears appear.

Dear Lord, I’m watching my son get ready to return to school and I can see his fears surfacing once again. He’s anxious and uncertain and I want to step in and make everything better—but I really can’t fix this. As much as it hurts that I can’t stand between my child and fear, I’m also grateful that it’s giving him the opportunity to experience Your power in his life.

I’m asking that You use my son’s fears to draw him to You. Teach him that no matter how large or small, overwhelming or silly his troubles are, You care. Make certain that You are the first place he goes when he’s afraid.

Don’t let him use his fears to limit what he does in life. Show him how to confront those things that scare him and turn them over to You. Work in a mighty way to be his defender and let him see how powerful You are.

Surround him with others who will gently remind him that You are always with him, no matter what he’s facing—and that with You beside him he has no reason to fear. Take this difficult time and use it to strengthen his faith and show him what it means to have peace beyond understanding. Amen.

By: Edie Melson—author, blogger, speaker—has written numerous books, including While My Child is Away: Prayers for When We’re Apart. Married to her high school sweetheart, Kirk, they live in the upstate of South Carolina and have raised three sons. Connect with her on through Twitter and Facebook.

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