As a student, I looked forward to the start of a new school year. I am obsessed with school supplies, welcome new beginnings, and am always eager to fill my brain with information. In my youth, it never occurred to me that returning to the classroom brought dread, anxiousness, and worry for many students, especially parents.
Until I became a parent, wiping away tears as I walked in my kindergartener on the first day of school. I’d spent the last few years at home with my daughter, providing for her physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Now I am supposed to just “turn her over?” Negative thoughts consumed me.
What if she doesn’t make any friends?
Will she like what I packed for lunch?
Does she know that I love her?
Is she going to think I’ve abandoned her?
It is difficult to release our children in a “normal” school year, add a global pandemic, political crisis, racial tensions, and general division, anxiety is at an all-time high. But, we must remember as believers, our children belong to the Lord, and He loves them more than we can ever imagine,
This year, when your mind begins to wander to the “what-ifs,” remember these prayers of protection for your children.
- A Prayer for Spiritual Protection
“But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.” 2 Thessalonians 3:3
Heavenly Father, thank you for being faithful to your children. There is a battle that wages all around us, but we look to you for strength and protection as we fight spiritual attacks. May we put on the whole armor of God, standing firm, until the day that Jesus returns, and the evil one is defeated. In Jesus’ name, Amen.