Welcome back to my little Happy New Year, in August series! Last week, I told you about my new calendar and lots of you were so interested! Thanks for that! 🙂
Today, let’s talk about prayer. (*She takes a big, deep breath.*) To be honest, talking about prayer with friends outside of those who know me very best makes me nervous. I don’t want to sound preachy or sappy and I for sure don’t want to sound like I have it all figured out, so bear with me while I share my heart…
When William was little bitty, someone shared the idea of a “life verse” with me, a Bible verse that you are led to pray over your child. We chose two verses from the book of Luke and both are actually talking specifically about Jesus.
Luke 2:40 “… and the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him.”
Luke 2:52, “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with both God and man.”
Each night as I rocked him to sleep (at least most nights, if I didn’t accidentally fall asleep in the rocking chair), I would pray for William and somehow include these verses. Now that he is so much older, I still pray these things almost every morning. The idea of praying for your children is not at all new, nor is it my idea. But, as I look back on his school years, I can see God’s answered prayers in so many things – from big answers about things like friendships to little day to day guidance in choices. I recently read a quote that said something like, “Remember that worrying about, talking about or thinking about something is not the same as praying about it.”*
This year, I would encourage you to commit to pray for our kids often. Try setting aside a minute or two of scheduled time each day. Last year, W asked if I would walk him in each morning instead of going through the drop-off line (partially because the line was long and he was impatient, but I wasn’t going to pass on the opportunity for a couple of extra minutes and sometimes he even still held my hand! :)). But, many days it was in this moment as I was parking the car and walking in that he would offer me tidbits about his day. I also found that if, when I got back into my car, I would wait a few minutes my drive to the preschool wasn’t as full of traffic. This became an easy moment to pray for him, his teacher and his day.
As you pray over your children, pray over their year and pray specifically for things you know are on their mind, for the school, for the teacher. In the past, during August, my prayers have been limited to the preparation of both W’s heart and the teacher’s heart for the upcoming year. Here are some resources I’ve found lately…
A few weeks ago, I saw this post by Sarah Ann at Faith Along the Way and have begun to use it as I pray for the upcoming school year. I love that she includes specific things to pray – even for difficult subjects. In Thirty Day of Prayer for the New School Year, she includes specific things to pray – even for school subjects that are difficult.
About the time W started kindergarten, I saw a resource, 31 Ways to Pray for your Children by Bob Hostetler from D6 Curriculum (download .pdf here). I printed it out, hung it on my closet wall and I use it on occasion during the year, also. I love this one because we are praying for specific character traits for our kids.
As summer winds down, it is hard for me to think about this, but within just days someone else will have seven hours each day to impact his life. So, in August, I begin to pray for his teachers specifically. Two years ago, I made myself some notes of ways I can pray for her each day. I’m attaching them for you today, also. Click here to open a dropbox link. I made them like a book mark so that I could stick it into my calendar. 🙂
If you are not accustomed to praying for your child, you might consider starting with something like this, “God, thank you for the opportunity to be (my child’s) mom. Today I pray that you would protect him. I pray that you would guide his heart to follow you. I pray that you would give him opportunities to grow. I pray that he will become more like Jesus, that he would grow ‘in wisdom, is stature and in favor with both God and man’. Amen”
Many Blessings, Bethany 🙂
*(I’m not sure who to quote or I would, so if you know, feel free to email me).