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Success at School - Prayer

August 27, 2012
By Laura Eisenga
photo courtesy of Google Images

Pray for your child. Praying for your child on a daily basis is like putting armor on a warrior headed for battle. Not that going to SCS is a battle (unless they play dodge ball during PE!), but there’s nothing wrong with placing some spiritual armor on your child!

In Ephesians 6:10-17 (NIV), it says, “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled round your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

I want to challenge you every morning to pray for your child. If you’re like me, spare time in the morning is laughable. Between getting myself ready, the kids fed and dressed and remembering all the other things we need to take with us, there is little spare time. But it doesn’t take much. Simply stop, close your eyes, and pray, “God, please place Your armor on our children today.”

The Message version says the same thing as above in a different way: “Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.”

I also want to challenge you to let your child know you pray for them daily. It’s important for our children to know God loves them and cares for them, even their daily routine at school. It may open some great discussions of why you pray, what you pray for, who else you pray for, what prayer does for us, etc. You may even start getting prayer requests! Your teenager may roll his/her eyes and groan, but even if they don’t admit it, they appreciate it.

Finally, I want to challenge you to enlist an army – an army of pray-ers. Ask your parents, grandparents, friends, and coffee barista (hey, if they know your coffee order, maybe they know your kids too!) to pray for your child. And if you'd like to join an army, there are moms that pray for our students every week in the library.

This weekend, I asked my daughter, who is starting 3 year-old preschool at SCS next week, what I could pray for her. Instead of giving me a request, she started reciting the Lord's Prayer.