School is just around the corner. Perhaps you are already tackling that back-to-school shopping list containing clothes and supplies, doing you best to physically prepare your children for the coming school year.
But are you preparing them spiritually? Do they understand they remain in God’s care as they exit the front door? As they await that anxious first day of kindergarten or that exciting first day as a senior in high school, do they remember Jesus is always with them?
Though they don’t always admit it, it’s tough for children to leave the security of their home for a place that isn’t always welcoming, agreeable, or easy.
Children need to be reminded they are fully loved as a child of God!
Jeremiah 31:3 The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.
God’s love is everlasting. No matter the situation we, His children, may face, He loves us. In regards to school, parents know there are many situations where children face decisions they must make on the spur of the moment. Decisions that are uncomfortable. Decisions on topics they may not be prepared to encounter.
Our best hope for their preparedness in these situations is their own knowledge of the Lord. May they remember His word spoken over them, may they embrace His word and believe it! To help them remember God’s love for them, claim the power of God’s protection and pray the following Bible verses over them.
Pray all the verses over older children, but skip the last two verses for those that are younger.
Take time to sit with your kids and pray over them.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Proverbs 16:3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.
Psalm 23:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.
Let the kid’s know God is with them all day long. And when a bad situation arises, God give’s us strength to over come! God has something good planed for each of us and they shouldn’t let any negativity stand in their way.
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Psalm 1:1-2 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night.
Encourage them to be the person God created them to be. To remember what is good and to stay away from evil.
1 Timothy 4:12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.
Proverbs 4:23-25 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.
Read the following verses only for the older students. May they remember they are children of God, made in His likeness, so they have the strength to overcome the attacks of evil.
Thessalonians 4:3-5 It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God;
Isaiah 40:28-31 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
If you have a circumstance where your children are not acceptable to being prayed over, or you are separated from them, or perhaps you are grandparents living in another state, please—pray over them anyway!
God knows the position you are in. He is glad you are faithful and obedient to Him, entrusting your loved ones to Him. Prayer works, no matter if the person/people being prayed for request it.
Prayer results are in God’s hands, not ours.
Let’s thank God right now for loving our children:
Father God, we acknowledge You created each of us and know our innermost beings. You know every strength and weakness. Thank you, LORD, it is Your loving way to encourage our children not to allow those weaknesses to over take them. Thank-you, LORD, may they believe and receive! Amen.