Our county heads back to school today. What was once a time of excitement for parents and children is now a time of trepidation. Whether you’re a first-time homeschooler or sending your children to public school, worry abounds. Am I doing the right thing? Will my children learn the wrong ideas? Will my children be safe and healthy? Scripture fights fear. So, here are three verses to pray when those doubts start to trickle into your thoughts.
If you don’t have children, pray these scriptures for the people in your life who do.
God loves your children more than you can.
Did that one sting? It’s the truth. God has a vested interest in your child. He loves your child so much he gave his own son as a sacrifice for your child’s sake. When you start to worry, remember that the creator of the universe loves your child more than you can ever imagine. You can entrust your child to him. Replace the words “we”, “us”, and “our” with your name and the name of your child as you pray.
“This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” I John 4:10
God is the father of wisdom-he can help you explain algebra
Whether you are home educating or helping with homework, there are times you will be stumped. You’ll look into your child’s face and think, “I have no idea! How do I explain this?” In those moments, remember that God promises to give wisdom to those that seek it. He may give you supernatural understanding, or his wisdom may be to look up an instructional video online. Either way, he will show you the right way to go. Pray something like this: Lord, you promise to grant wisdom and understanding. Please, grant me the wisdom to understand and explain ________________________________.
“For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Prov 2:6
God’s Word Protects Your Children’s Heart
However you educate your children, each passing year brings more concern about negative influences. Bullies plant seeds of insecurity. Ideas that contradict God’s word crop up in sneaky places. We can’t run around our kids plucking out every weed of deception or thorn of hurt. But, we can give them the tools of defense. It’s not only important to teach them the Bible, but to also testify of all the good things God has done for you. Show them the real God that loves you and blesses you. This one is a two-parter. First, teach.
“Teach them (God’s words) to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.” Deut 11:19
Second, pray something like this: Lord, please drive out all the lies and worldly ideas ahead of ____________. These deceptions are everywhere, but I know your word will prevail in _________________’s life.”
“Then the Lord will drive out all the nations ahead of you, though they are much greater and stronger than you, and you will take over their land.” Deut 11:23
Praying God’s word brings peace. It’s my prayer for you that these scriptures will help you to face the school year with excitement instead of worry 🙂
Let your children read what they want to read.