Written by Stephanie Plumb on August 5, 2019
How is it August already? I blinked and summer is gone. Somehow it’s time for school supplies, new shoes, new clothes, haircuts, doctor appointments, dentist appointments, and all. the. things. that have to get done to get everyone ready for the new school year. My kid is only in nursery school and I’m overwhelmed! I can’t imagine what this will be like when she’s older and has extracurricular activities to prepare for and actual school supplies that need to be bought.
Even though it can feel like we are being pulled in a thousand different directions at the start of a new school year, and everything on our to-do list is fighting for the number one spot, we need to remember that the most important thing we can do as we prepare for a new season in life is to pray. Yes, I know, it sounds cliché, but it IS true. Prayer should always be our first response, not our last resort, to the things that are going on in our lives.
But sometimes, even prayer can feel overwhelming when you have so many things—and people—to be praying FOR. If you’re like me, lists are the only way you can remember to do anything. So, here’s a list that can help you focus your prayers as you and your family get ready for a new year ahead during these next few crazy weeks. BONUS! There’s also scripture included so you can pray God’s word over your children, their teachers, and yourself.
- Pray for your schedule. It can be so easy to overload your schedule with activities and events at the start of a new school year. Pray that you are able to say no to things and activities that will only overwhelm you and your family, and that you say yes to things that will bring you closer together, allow you time to grow closer to God, and give you the ability to further His kingdom.
- Pray for your children. As they go back to school, start new extracurricular activities, meet new friends, pray for your kids’ hearts. Pray that they don’t measure their worth by the grades they make, the attention they get from coaches, the time they get on the playing field or the stage, or by who their friends are. Pray they find their identity in Christ, and pray that they are a light to others as they walk through the halls of their schools.
- Pray for your children’s teachers. Teaching is by far one of the hardest and most thankless professions out there. Pray that your kids’ teachers’ hearts and minds will be open, that they will start the year and each day with renewed energy to care for, teach, and love your babies. Pray for opportunities to show them how appreciated and loved they are throughout the year.
What are YOU praying for at the start of this new school year? Let us know by leaving a comment below!