My little boy is officially in Kindergarten.
Can anybody tell me what happened to the last 6 years?!
We had Meet Your Teacher on Monday and I am fairly certain that Happy Buddy was fine (mostly because he literally asked me to hurry up and leave), BUT I WAS A HOT MESS. My stomach was all tied up in nervous knots. I was seriously breaking out in a sweat and hugging people without raising my arms so that no one noticed!!!
Releasing my son into the classroom is a big act of faith. I have found myself worrying about all kinds of things! Like will he be a good friend? Will he follow the rules? Will he complain about having to do desk work?
Whenever I start wringing my hands in anxiety about my child, I know it’s time to get on my knees.
One of the most powerful things we can do for our children is pray for them. I can take whatever concerns I have for my son’s future, get in his room at night, give those concerns to Jesus in prayer, and walk away with the peace that God heard my heart.
There have been SO many times where I was troubled about something I was seeing in Happy Buddy’s behavior, or I was burdened to see something new in his behavior and after I started praying about it, the Lord did not fail to answer in some way.
This is my hope as we enter the new school year!
With that said, here are 5 Scripture-based prayers that I am praying over Happy Buddy as he starts Kindergarten…
Lord, I pray that my child will remember that he can do all things through Christ who gives him strength (Philippians 4:13)! As his hands write out math problems and complete assignments, may he do so with a happy heart, knowing that he is working for your glory (Colossians 3:23). In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Lord, I pray that my child will be kind and compassionate toward his classmates and teachers (Ephesians 4:32). May his speech always be gracious (Colossians 4:6). May he never repay evil for evil but always seek to do good to others and to everyone (1 Thessalonians 5:15). May he seek out the lonely child on the playground and defend the child who is hurting. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Lord, I pray for my child to have friends who will sharpen one another like iron sharpens iron (Proverbs 27:17). May he have wisdom and discernment to choose friends who will be good company and spur him on toward love and good deeds (1 Corinthians 15:33, Hebrews 10:24-25). May he be a leader among his friends by always being the first one to share, offer a kind word, and do what’s right. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Lord, I pray that my child will not stir up shenanigans during times of instruction! :-) May he offer his body to you as a living sacrifice and may he be transformed by the renewal of his mind so that he may discern your will (Romans 12:1-2). May he discipline his body like an athlete, training it to do as it should (1 Corinthians 9:27). May he keep his tongue from evil (Psalm 34:13). May my child show his love for you, Jesus, by obeying your commands (John 14:15). In Jesus’ name, Amen.
The Heart of a Servant
Lord, I pray that you will give my child eyes to see opportunities to be a blessing. May my boy have a heart of humility and serve others in love (Galatians 5:13). May my son use his gifts well by helping others (1 Peter 4:10). May he let others use the monkey bars first and may he choose the back of the line for the water fountain because the greatest among us shall be servants (Matthew 23:11). In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Lay those burdens down, sister! The Lord knows what your child needs and He is in control!
How are you praying for your child this new school year?
– Julie :-)
*Many of these prayers and the heart behind them were inspired by Brooke McGlothlin’s wonderful book, Praying for Boys.