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Praying for My Child’s School

Praying for My Child’s School

Children and school just seem to go together. Although, school looks very different today than when I was a child. Sometimes it’s held online, or at home, or through a co-op. But however it takes place, it’s an integral part of being a kid.

And it’s something we need to bathe in prayer. Many of our ideas about ourselves and others grow out of the experiences we have in school. Sometimes these are positive and affirming, other times . . . well . . . not so much.

As parents, those are scary thoughts. But there is one thing we must remember and hang onto. God uses both the good and the bad to bless our children and grow them into the men and women He has designed them to be.

While this fall is still young, this is my prayer for the school year:

Dear Lord, my child’s learning life is such a huge undertaking. I can’t be everywhere at once, and I’m overwhelmed by what could happen when I’m not around. And if I’m perfectly honest, I’m worried about how my part in his education could affect him negatively.

You made me his parent—even knowing the mistakes I’ve made and will make. But don’t let them ruin his life. Keep me from applying academic pressure in ways that will discourage him. But don’t let me fail to help him stay motivated. It’s such a thin line to walk and I confess I feel inadequate for the task.

Govern my actions and especially my words. Guard his heart from discouragement. Don’t ever let him feel stupid or incapable of learning. Instead, use the challenges in his life to show him Your provision and constant love. Teach him to turn to You first, even in areas that don’t seem important.

Grant us both peace and protection from what the world may throw at us. Don’t let my worry and fear keep him from enjoying this time in his life. Make me vigilant, even as you grow my faith. Hold my child close and show him You are always near. Amen.

By: Edie Melson—author, blogger, speaker—has written numerous books, including Soul Care When You’re Weary & 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 3 sons. Connect with her on through Twitter and Facebook.

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