Today I am back from one of the longest breaks I have ever taken from Today’s Word. The break was necessary. I truly needed it. I was not on vacation during the entire break. I spent a portion of it doing Missions work. I want to thank all those who supported our annual Back To School Drive. We were able to provide backpacks full of school supplies to over 400 children this year. Thank you! May the Lord bless you richly.
When Isabella and I got back we went to St. Louis for a fundraiser for an ex-baseball player who stood up a school in Haiti and who is also helping the underserved in North St. Louis. As I sat there, thinking about what we are doing in the Dominican Republic and what Brace For Impact 46 is doing in Haiti and North STL, I could not help but think about this series. This is truly “The Power of Fellowship.” We were not created to be isolated beings. We were created to be there for one another.
With that in mind, this morning I was led to do something a little different. The Father wants us to pray for children as they go back to school. Some school districts have started their 2019-2020 school year already. Some start today. Others start next week or the following week. Whatever the case, I am led to ask you to pray with me today for children as they go back to school.
I am going to share a few scriptures you can meditate and discuss with your children. And I will then share a short declaration for parents, another for children, and lastly, a prayer I would like you to pray in the end. Let’s get to it. Carefully and prayerfully read these scriptures. When the time is right, discuss them with your children.
(Psalm 25:1-2 ERV)
Lord, I put my life in your hands. I trust in you, my God, and I will not be disappointed. My enemies will not laugh at me.
(Prov 22:6 MSG)
Point your kids in the right direction—when they’re old they won’t be lost.
(John 14:26 ERV)
The Helper will teach you everything and cause you to remember all that I told you. This Helper is the Holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name.
(Psalm 34:19 NIV)
The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.
(Psalm 91:7-11 ERV)
A thousand people may fall dead at your side or ten thousand right beside you, but nothing bad will happen to you! All you will have to do is watch, and you will see that the wicked are punished. You trust in the Lord for protection. You have made God Most High your place of safety. So nothing bad will happen to you. No diseases will come near your home. He will command his angels to protect you wherever you go.
(Isa 30:21 ERV)
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”
(Col 3:20 ERV)
Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.
(1 Tim 4:12 ERV)
Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.
(1 Thes 5:19-22 MSG)
Don’t suppress the Spirit, and don’t stifle those who have a word from the Master. On the other hand, don’t be gullible. Check out everything, and keep only what’s good. Throw out anything tainted with evil.
(Deut 31:6 ERV)
Be strong and be brave. Don’t be afraid of people because the Lord your God is with you. He will not fail you or leave you.
Short Declaration of Faith for Children as they go to school:
Father, I put my life in your hands. I trust in you and I will not be disappointed. I know who I am. No one can influence me the wrong way. I enter into this day knowing that I am smart, I am loved, and I am protected from all harm. I respect my parents and my teachers. I am kind, nice, polite, courteous and gracious. I have friends because I show myself friendly. The Holy Spirit helps me remember everything I need to remember for class. My mind is alert, my body is awake, and I am ready to make the most of this day. I excel academically. I am an example socially. I am God’s child and I act like it everywhere I go. I declare this by faith. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
Short Declaration of Faith for Parents as their children go to school:
Father, I put my children in your hands. As they go to school, I trust in you and I will not be disappointed. You give, and I give, angels charge over them. Nothing can harm them. I declare that my children resist negative influences, they are shielded from all dangers, resistant to physical illness, and divinely capable of excelling at everything they put their hands to do. I love them and You love them. More importantly, my children know they are loved. They are respectful and kind. They are courteous and polite. They are sharp and focused. They understand, comprehend, process, and digest, everything that relates to their education. They excel academically and socially. This year is their best year, because You are with them everywhere they go! I declare this by faith. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
Prayer for children:
Father, we pray for children all over the world as they go to school this year. We stifle the hands and mouths of bullies. We come up against danger, violence, fighting, attacks and school shootings. We command angels to shield and protect our children, their teachers, and their school grounds this year. May Your love fill every facility. May teachers have the patience required to adequately teach their students. May the students be respectful, well mannered, and focused on their education. May the children excel academically and socially. May this year be the best year of their lives. As parents, we also develop patience with our children. May we all be involved in our children’s education and their lives. May our children grow up to be the men/women You have called them to be for such a time as this! We pray this by faith. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
This is Today’s Word. Apply it and prosper!