You guys, it’s August 1 and school is literally around the corner. For some of you it’s starting momentarily. And we need prayers for kids in school especially now. I always have mixed feelings about seeing kids go back to school. My hope is they go back to school after a summer of diving deep into Jesus. As someone who spends her summers helping kids encounter and experience God in a way that changes them forever I so badly want them to stick with Jesus all year long. I spend a lot of time praying for these little ones. I know that school can be very tough emotionally and spiritually for so many kids (hence my mixed emotions).
Here are some specific prayers for kids in school from Scripture that I pray for kids throughout the year but especially as they go back to school.
“Jesus, may their roots go down deep into the soil of your marvelous love and please give them the power to understand how long, how wide, how deep, and how high your love for them truly is.” (Ephesians 3:17-18)
“God, help them to remember and really grasp that they are fearfully and wonderfully made, with no mistakes!” (Psalm 139:14)
“Holy Spirit, empower them to see and add value to those who are lonely, left behind, bullied, or forgotten. May they show love to everyone they encounter.” (John 13:34
“God, help them to have be strong and courageous, especially when it’s extra hard.” Joshua 1:9
“Jesus, protect their eyes from things they don’t need to see, their ears from harmful messages, and their hearts from lies that may seek to take root. Help them to dwell only on what is from you.” Philippians 4:8
“God, remind them that you always hear them and are always with them” Psalm 18:6
“Father, when they feel lonely or confused remind them that you are writing their story and you know them by name.” Isaiah 43:1
And here are some prayers for kids in school I pray that are just “Miss Mel” specific.
“Jesus, encourage their heart today. Remind them that weird isn’t bad, it’s unique and you delight in unique.”
“God, may they know deep in their heart that they are worthwhile because they are created in your image.”
“Father, remind them that they have the power to choose their words and their actions.”
“God, may kindness and compassion ooze out of them.”
“Jesus, help them to remember that even though they may not always feel you, you are always with them and you never forget them.”
“God, remind them that even though they won’t always make the right choices you will never stop loving them.”
“Holy Spirit, remind them that with your help they can do hard things and love hard people.”
“God, help them to laugh today. Bring them bits and pieces of joy throughout their day that remind them they are loved by you.”
However you word them, your prayers matter. Before the age of 12 kids are deciding what they believe. They’re hearing, seeing, and doing things that will ultimately shape who they become. When we pray for them we get to be on the frontlines on the battlefield with them. Don’t become weary in your fervent prayers, they matter! Let’s commit to intentionally praying for our littles this school year.
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