by: Brent Wood
While most schools are back in session, we recognize that huge challenges await our students, our parents and our teachers. Today we wanted to offer a prayer for all of them, and would invite you to join in praying for them, especially this week.
A prayer for students:
Dear Heavenly Father,
We're grateful to know that you love our kids more than we do. That gives us assurance as we face these uncertain times knowing that you are looking out for them and taking care of them. They face huge challenges this year, and we pray that you will give them patience, courage and success. Please help them as they are separated physically from teachers and friends, and we ask the you would give their young hearts a sense of your presence even as they navigate this odd isolation. We ask that you would help them focus, that you would help them learn, and that you would help them grow mentally and emotionally in this difficult time. We pray that as the God who does more than we could think or imagine, that you would make this year special in ways we could never predict. We commit our kids to you.
A prayer for parents:
Dear Heavenly Father,
We pray for our parents today. Many of them are trying to do what they feel unprepared to do. They are trying to be parents and tutors and in many cases employees, all at the same time. We pray that you would give them encouragement. We pray that you would give them patience. We pray that you would give them wisdom. We pray that you would give them strength. And we pray that you would give them hope. We ask that you would take this extra time that they will have with their kids and use it to build an even stronger bond. And we pray that you would grow each parent in his or her faith as they lean into you for resources that will be repeatedly depleted. Please wrap your arms around them when they feel like failures and assure them that they are making a forever difference by tackling this hard thing at this hard time.
A prayer for teachers:
Dear Heavenly Father;
We pray for our teachers today. This is not what they signed up for or what they would wish for. Many of them are afraid. Some are teaching students in person - please keep them safe and protect them from illness. Others are teaching students online, and wrestling with technology as well as subject materiel. Please help them. Please give them patience as they adjust. As much as anyone, these teachers understand the fears and worries of their students. Please give them the wisdom to know how best to respond to each question, to each incident of frustration, to each silent cry for help. Please surround them with parents who will be encouragers as together they work hard to care for their children. Please give them a sense of peace and the assurance that you will help them with this noble calling.