31 Days of Back-To-School Prayers for August

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It’s almost August . . . oh my! I’m completely unprepared for fall. How about you? I haven’t purchased one school supply or one article of clothing for the year. But, it’s all good. Because, I am ready with a plan of action for the MOST IMPORTANT thing I can do to prepare my kiddos for the new school year. PRAY! Prayer is our most powerful spiritual weapon. “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective” (James 5:16). Want to know what makes prayer even more powerful? Praying together! Jesus said so, “if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven” (Matthew 18:19). With all my heart, I believe that as we stand together for our babies through common prayer, heaven takes notice. And as we pray together for specific promises and blessings on our children, miracles will happen! Here are 31 days’ worth of topics for August to pray for your child as school begins. Let’s do this . . . together! DAY 1: Invite God into your child’s school and your home this school year. DAY 2: Pray that God blesses your child this school year and prepares him or her for their future. DAY 3: Pray that your child grows closer to Jesus this year. DAY 4: Pray for safety at school for your child and others. DAY 5: Pray for good health for your child. DAY 6: Pray your child exercises God’s wisdom and discernment in dealing with friends, adults and assignments. DAY 7: Pray for God’s help as you parent this year. DAY 8: Pray for your child’s teachers. DAY 9: Pray for your child’s coaches. DAY 10: Pray that God surrounds your child with friends who will be a good influence and love them for who they are. DAY 11: Pray for the administrators at your school. DAY 12: Pray for the administrators of your school district. DAY 13: Pray for wisdom for school board members. DAY 14: Pray for the support staff at your school—cafeteria workers, librarians, aides and custodial staff. DAY 15: Pray that God will help your child focus on what matters this school year. DAY 16: Pray that God will give your child strength and endurance to handle the educational rigor and extra-curricular activities throughout the school year. DAY 17: Pray for your child’s attitude—that … Read More

What’s Your Quick Prayer?

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Was today one of those days? Maybe it started earlier than you planned and hasn’t slowed down yet. I know you meant to pray for your sweet babies. But, well . . . life happened . . . I know. Believe me, I know. You don’t always have time to pray for your kiddos like you want. Me, neither! I love to take my coffee out on the back deck and have a nice, long chat with God about life, children and more as the sun rises over the trees. But on some days, I oversleep. I overbook. I’m overwhelmed. That’s when my “quick prayer” comes in handy. Do you have one? My quick prayer is the result of 18 years of boiling down my greatest hopes for my kids for the day and sharing it with God. Every. Single. Day. The cool thing about a quick prayer is that it is so close to your heart that you don’t need your prayer journal . . . you don’t need a lot of time . . . you don’t need to make a big production about it. Simplicity and repetition in prayer is a good thing. Jesus said so! Remember in Matthew 6 when Jesus was teaching us about prayer? “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him” (Matthew 6:7 ESV). More words don’t make it better. In fact, The Lord’s Prayer that Jesus gave us as an example was under about 70 words, depending on the translation. So my take away is—keep it simple. Repetition is also pretty important when it comes to praying for your kids. Jesus taught about this, too. “Suppose you went to a friend’s house at midnight, wanting to borrow three loaves of bread. You say to him, ‘A friend of mine has just arrived for a visit, and I have nothing for him to eat.’ And suppose he calls out from his bedroom, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is locked for the night, and my family and I are all in bed. I can’t help you.’ But I tell you this—though he won’t do it for friendship’s sake, if you keep knocking long enough, he will get up and give … Read More

How to Raise a Prayer Warrior

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If you are a parent, one question is never far from your mind . . . “Am I doing this right?” I know. I’m there, too. When your baby is little, you fret about how you lay them down to sleep, when to say goodbye to the pacifier, and the best method to potty train. As they grow, you worry how quickly they can learn the alphabet or why they don’t pick up their toys. Questioning everything from discipline to rewards continues throughout grade school, the dreaded middle school years, high school and beyond. And that’s OK. It means you care. You want to equip your child to thrive long after you are gone, right? Of course! Well, here’s one tool you can offer your baby to last a life-time: prayer. Equipping your little one to be a prayer warrior is one of the greatest gifts you can give your child. The ability to talk to God will give them guidance, comfort, power and so much more when they are no longer in arm’s reach. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7). Consider these tips to empower your child for a life of prayer. Talk it out. Engage in an ongoing conversation with your child about prayer. “Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up” (Deuteronomy 11:19). It doesn’t have to be a long, involved lesson every time. Do whatever is appropriate for the age and situation. When they are small, you might talk about the reasons for bedtime prayers or prayer over meals. Share stories from the Bible about people who prayed and how God answered their prayers. Older kids can read and discuss Scriptures about prayer with you. Explain why we pray and when and where we pray as they grow in maturity. When they mention friends or others who might be struggling in life, chat about why it is important to pray for those who are hurting. During family Bible study discuss the different promises concerning prayer found in Scripture. And don’t forget to explore what Jesus said about prayer. Point it … Read More

5 Principles To Teach Your Child About Prayer

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With the launch party of my debut children’s book about prayer last weekend (The Bubble Who Would Not POP!), children and prayer have been on my mind all week. I think raising a man or woman of prayer is one of the greatest gifts you can give your child. I’m still working on it with my kiddos, but a few principles came to mind that I thought I might share with you. If we can imprint these fundamental truths about prayer onto our children, it is a great start to equipping them for a life of prayer.   Truth #1 – God ALWAYS hears your prayer. This principle is my favorite and something I address in my book. Isaiah 65:24 says, “Before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear.” Isn’t that just the coolest?! If you want your child to grow into a person of prayer, this is step one . . . the most basic belief necessary to pray. God hears your prayer. Period. In all of my favorite biblical stories about prayer, the heroes and heroines have one thing in common. When they pray, God hears them. Now, his answer might not be what they want . . . or they may have to wait to see how God is working. But, no matter the result, God hears them.   Truth #2 — You can talk to God about ANYTHING. Remember in Genesis right after Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit? Scripture says God was walking in the garden in the cool of the day and called out for Adam. Looks to me like God would often hang out with his creations. God wants a relationship with us . . . and that means talking. Children should know that God wants time with them through prayer. If they see God as a loving Heavenly Father who wants to hear from them about what is going on in their lives, they will be open later to spending time in prayer about bigger issues.   Truth #3 — Timing is everything. This is a hard one. I’m an adult and I like to see immediate results . . . so how can we blame children for wanting everything now? But to maintain a faithful life of prayer and faith, we must understand that God has a plan and an answer for … Read More

Back-to-School Prayer Challenge

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The countdown has begun! School begins in only weeks, days for some. I know you are crazy busy finding just the right backpacks, shoes, notebooks and folders (with the tabs and pockets that no stores actually seem to carry …. Ugh!!). But every year, I must remind myself of the most important preparation I can make as a parent—covering my children in prayer. That is why I want to challenge you to join me for the Back-to-School 10-Day Prayer Challenge. Starting August 1, will you commit to spending time each day in specific prayer for your child’s success and protection this fall? I think praying together for our children will be awesome and effective! Prayer is our most powerful spiritual weapon . . . let’s stand together. Here are the daily prayer focuses and some prayers to get you started. I’ll post one each day, starting August 1. Let’s do this!   DAY 1, Prayer for My Child “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” (James 5:16) Heavenly Father, Thank you for (child’s name). I love this gift from You with my whole heart and ask You to be with my child today and for the entire school year. My child is full of life and love, but is still so vulnerable. It is hard to entrust my child in the hands of others, but I know ultimately my trust is in You. Please walk with him through the halls of school. Give him understanding, focus and clarity in their studies. Open his mind to learning, yet give him strength, courage and discernment to stand firm in his faith. I place my child in Your hands this school year. Amen. DAY 2, Prayer for Safety “For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.” (Psalm 91:11-12) Heavenly Father, The world is full of danger. Will You protect my child? According to Scripture, You have commissioned guardian angels to watch over us. I stand on that promise today for my child. Send Your angels to keep my child safe from harm. I pray that You hold my child in Your secure hands today and throughout the school year. Keep my child safe from physical harm. Ward off predators. Protect my child physically, mentally … Read More