Sending our children off to school allows them to grow, to grow in ways we both hope for and could never expect. We ask God to help us lead growing children closer to Him, both in their physical being and their spiritual.
And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man. Luke 2:52
Fear of the unknown
Every child wonders about the unknown, maybe even has a little fear about new things. Every parent worries about their sons and daughters experiencing the unknown. We ask God to grant us peace in the face of things we cannot see.
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. Psalm 56:3
Excitement for challenges
Challenging projects and new subjects ignite discovery in our children. When parents, friends and church family help meet new challenges with excitement, great things happen. We ask God to renew our joy daily in the face of challenging circumstances.
I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:12-13
Anxiety about achieving
School days bring the pressure to achieve, to win, to score, to accomplish, and all these are good pursuits in the proper balance. Too much pressure leaves our children and teachers with anxiety about how to perform and meet the standards. We ask God to grant us clarity in seeing our goals and achievements as our best efforts, no matter the outcome.
And he said to his disciples, Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. . .your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you. Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Luke 12:22-34
Discernment about the world
As children experience the world, each moment is a teaching. Will they seek a wise answer to deal shrewdly with danger? Will they nurture a calm heart and deal tenderly with those in need? Will compassion and caution remain balanced in their steps? We ask God to give us wisdom as we lead our children to discern His ways in their daily life.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans12:2
Wearing the name of Christ
All of life is an opportunity to wear the name of Christ. With every school t-shirt, uniform and jersey our children wear, help them also bear Christ’s image in their words and actions. We ask God to provide guidance where our children show His light.
And above all these put on love, which binds every thing together in perfect harmony. Colossians3:14
modified original: Dana Spivy Glover