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education faith family school society Aug 12, 2023

The number one thing we can do to support children, families, educators, and society in general is to pray. So let’s take this opportunity to humble ourselves before our mighty God and pray over this school year. Please join me in praying: 

Heavenly Father, 

We humbly come to you in prayer for our students, parents, educators, and society. 

Lord God, be with our students. 

They are your precious children that you have entrusted to our care and oh how we love them, and truly want the best for them. Please put a hedge of protection around their heart and minds as they are exposed to the unkind and evil things of this world. 

Quiet the negative influences of the world and protect their budding identities and faith. Let their identities and self worth be found in You and You alone. 

Remove the distractions of technology and help their growing brains to focus on gaining wisdom and knowledge in relationship building, communication, problem solving, perseverance, and yes even their school classes. 

Give them the strength to overcome the lies of rejection, fear, and shame, and to resist any temptations before them. 

Bless our children and the paths laid before them. 

Lord God, be with our parents. 

Raising children is the most rewarding yet most difficult thing we ever do in our lives. Grow our faith in and relationship with You so we may be good stewards of the precious children you have given us. 

Give us wisdom and discernment in our parenting so we know how to model and provide the foundational faith and skills our children need to overcome the many challenges life will throw at them. 

Give us strength to set boundaries for our children and to stand firm when they try to crash through them. 

Give us joy and patience for every stage of their physical, mental, and emotional development. Give us the ears to listen to them, the words to comfort them, the wisdom to advise them, and the backbone to discipline them. 

Reveal to us what our top priorities should be as a family so we don’t spend our precious time chasing after the treasures of this world (money, accomplishment, pleasures, etc). Help us disciple our families and focus on what truly matters: loving Jesus and loving others. 

Lord God, be with our educators. 

From our school bus drivers, custodians, and cafeteria workers to our paraprofessionals, teachers, counselors, and administrators. 

Quiet the anxiety they often feel from the constant mandates placed upon them and the constant demands for their attention. 

Everyday give them your eyes to see each child for who You created them to be, not for who the world says they are. 

Give them the vision to see the priorities in front of them and to have the strength to say no to the lesser things. 

Remove any knee jerk reactions of labeling children and instead show them how to work with their students and parents to build the best learning environment. Show them how to engage in conversation that creates unity, not division and blame.

Help them to reject the lies that they aren’t enough. Help them to see, know, and feel their worth. Where would our children be without our precious educators?

Bless the work of their hands, the words they speak, and the relationships they build. Speak to them and through them so they give life and hope to our children. 

Be with their own families and help each educator find harmony between serving other people’s children and serving their own. 

Lord God, be with our society.

Humble us and let them seek Your constant guidance in all things.

Let us listen to current educators, children, and parents.  Quiet the noise of divisiveness and bring us to unity in You. 

Please give us wisdom and discernment as we make (vote) decisions that affect millions of children, educators, and families.

Lord God, be with this school year.

Bless our children, parents, educators, and society. Let us all humble ourselves and pray, and seek Your face and turn from our wicked ways, then You will hear from heaven and will forgive our sins and heal our land. 

In Jesus' name we pray, Amen. 

Know Better. Do Better. Live Better. Humble Ourselves and Pray.

Rocks before Sand!

Scripture: 

If people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.“ 

~2 Chronicles 7:14

Theme Song: 

The Blessing - Kari Jobe & Cody Carnes

References Used:

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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