Matthew 19:13 NASB
Then some children were brought to Him so that He might lay His hands on them and pray; and the disciples rebuked them.
As always summer seems to have flown by. Yesterday was the day, or so it seems, that the kids got out of school, but the schools in our area begin today. I am praying for my kids, the kids I get to influence and all the school personnel making the new year happen.
Our oldest daughter will go to college in 3 weeks. Our middle daughter is a senior in high school, and our youngest son begins 7th grade. We are very proud of our children, yet we understand that there are great challenges ahead for all those around the school system and in all grades.
I am not suggesting that we need prayer back in schools. On the other hand I believe the adage I have heard or read several times: “as long as there are tests, there will be prayer in school”. Our children do not have to face the struggles and challenges alone.
We can prepare our students for the struggles ahead. We can pray over them and depend on God to do what we cannot do for them. We can and must maintain the role of helper, encourager and authority under God to help them see greater days. I say that because I believe that not only are our children a blessing from God, but they were also given to my wife and I to be responsible for.
The verse above says that Jesus blessed the children who were brought to Him. We have the same power, the same opportunity and the responsible to bless our children and asks God’s blessings on each of these children. By praying over our children we literally invoke the power and protection of God over our kids. Achieving in school has many possibilities. God can bring about even more.
Proverbs 22:6 NASB
Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.
We can and must use our influence and guidance to train our children and those around us to go further and to do better. What we pour in to our kids we will get out of them. No, we cannot control all they do or say. But we can do our part to help our kids do the best possible with the help of God.
My commitment is to pray for my children and our schools. Make it a point to pray for those going back to school, students and workers alike. Then let them know you are praying for them. This may make a bigger difference than you know.