School is here!! Anyone else feeling a tad anxious about allowing their little hearts to wander sooo very far from their bodies?
This year, my daughter started PreK and while she is calm, cool, and collected about the whole thing, I am a bit emotional. If I could, I would be that mom hanging around the window of my daughter’s classroom, watching to make sure she’s ok. Unfortunately, I can’t. I have her little brother to tend to. Also, my husband told me “lurking” around classroom windows was just something they did in movies and in real life it is generally frowned upon.
So what’s a mama to do when she has to let her baby go? She prays; that’s what! And we cannot underestimate the power of praying over our kids! Like many of you, I drop my daughter off in the car line each morning, meaning we have a few minutes in line together before she runs off into the day. Taking advantage of those last few moments together, I have written a short prayer to speak over her.
I asked some of you how you pray for your kids in the morning and y’all sent me fantastic responses, many of which helped me craft this prayer. I’ve written it out for you below and even made some beautiful printables for you to place in your car. Obviously, you can pray however your heart leads you, the cards are just for fun. In fact, here are a few key aspects to my prayer that you may choose to do differently:
Repetition vs Ad Lib
I chose to write out my prayer, rather than spontaneously pray, because I wanted something I could recite the same way every morning. My hope is that my daughter will eventually learn the prayer by heart and be able to say it to herself should she ever need some comfort.
Prayer Requests vs None
Many of the moms who shared their prayer ideas with me mentioned asking their kids if there was anything they were feeling anxious about that day (tests, try-outs, friendships) or if there was anyone in their school they wished to pray for. I love the idea of asking for these prayer requests, however, for the purpose of this brief, repetitive prayer, I chose to forgo the prayer requests. Though, I am certainly going to be asking those questions before our bedtime prayers!
Of course, there is no wrong way to pray over your kid so you do you!
Here is the prayer I wrote for Julianne. At the end of this post, you can find all of the Scriptures I refer to.
You are a good God, who loves us and whom we can trust.
Please give us wisdom today to do what is right. Guard our hearts and minds against any untruth. Help us to be kind and compassionate towards our classmates.
We ask that you hem us in behind and before, that you would lay your hand on us. We know that we can be strong and courageous today because you are with us wherever we go. Amen!
As I mentioned a moment ago, if you would like a printed copy of this prayer, I’ve made three beautiful designs for you to choose from. Just enter your email below and I will send all three designs, straight to your inbox!
If you already a subscriber, you can access your copies in our Resource Library!
I am covering you and your little in prayer today, Mama. I pray you both have a blessed year as they grow in the knowledge of the Lord and this world He created.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. – Joshua 1:9
You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. – Psalm 139:5
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. – Ephesians 4:32
Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. – Isaiah 1:17
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. – James 1:5
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. – Romans15:13
<data-pin-url=”http://marykathryntiller.com/?p=447&preview=true” data-pin-description=”How to use a weekly Bible Reading Plan to Read the Bible in a Year Without Burning out and to Stay on Track”/>