Three prayers for the new school year

Published on August 11, 2023

One of the most powerful gifts we can give our children is the gift of prayer. As a community, Christian Parenting is spending this school year intentionally praying that our kids are marked by God and his amazing promises.

Below are three prayers taken from our prayer journal, Marked by Prayer:

A prayer for an undivided heart

“Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.” —Psalm 86:11

Lord, teach us to appreciate that the small things of earth will someday be the big things in heaven. Teach [name] the significance of an undivided heart, marked by a commitment to following you—even when it’s the harder path. Give our family a new spirit of determination to seek you and rely on your faithfulness.

A prayer for understanding truth

“Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.” —John 17:17

Jesus, you are the truth that overcomes the lies of the Enemy and shines light in the darkness. Help my family to identify the lies we’re believing, replacing them with the truth of your word. Give [name] an increasing understanding of who you are and your great love for them. Fill our families with hope, joy, and truth that comes only from you.

A prayer for our kids to feel God’s presence

“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” —Matthew 28:20 

Lord, help our kids to understand that you are with them at this very moment. Whether they are studying, eating, playing, or even worrying about their future—remind them that you are completely and fully present in their lives. Take away any loneliness that [name] may face, reminding them they are significant, loved, and seen.

It feels more important now than ever to be praying God’s truth over our kids. You can join us in praying these things and more over our kids this year by ordering your copy of Marked by Prayer today!

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