Throughout this month, children all over the metro-B’ham area will be going back to school – public, private, homeschool and college. Some have already started back. Even though I have the next 2 cities prepped and almost ready to go up on the blog here, I could not get away from the thought that perhaps we should lift up these children in prayer together. After all, not only are they precious gifts from the Lord, but they are also the future of the cities and towns we love and are praying for. My prayer has been mostly prompted from The Lord’s Prayer, found in Matthew 6:9-13. I might also reference parts of other verses as I pray.
Heavenly Father, You sit enthroned in Sovereign Lordship over all the earth. Nothing happens to us or to our children that You are not aware of and divinely allow into our lives, as hard as it is sometimes. Praise be to God, who can take all of the moments that touch our lives and redeem them for our good and Your glory. In Your holiness, You never fail, and in it we find Your perfect love, Your amazing grace and mercy for us and for our children; we also find Your justice and wrath when evil is suffered by Your children. Indeed, were it not for the blood of Christ shed for us, all of us would have to endure the full measure of Your wrath. Therefore, we plead the blood of Jesus Christ over the children of the metro-B’ham area. We proclaim salvation over them. May the power and the truth of the Gospel become more real than all the other voices clamoring for their souls.
Father, let Your kingdom come into every schoolroom, every hallway, every locker room, every place where children will be through the course each school day. Let Your kingdom come into every home, and into every heart of every child and parent and teacher, so that righteousness and justice and truth would reign in them and through them. Let Your will be done in their lives. We praise You that Job 42:2 says that You can do all things, and no purpose of Yours can be thwarted. Help us and help these children to trust in Your good and perfect plan when it requires them and us to experience very hard and painful things. Thank You, Father, that the truth is, through the pain we can see redemption if we keep our eyes on You. You are the God who redeems and restores. It is what Your kingdom is all about. It is the purpose for which Christ died – to reconcile all things back to God. Hallelujah!
Father, You know that there are children who will go to school hungry, both physically and heart-wise. Thank You for the school programs that help feed these kids physically. Yet You are the only one who can feed their soul and hearts. So we pray for physical provision for them, maybe even raising up local churches to help meet that physical need. And we pray they would encounter the Bread of Life, who would fill them like nothing else can in their heart, mind and spirit. Let them know You and experience You every single day, even in an environment and circumstances that would try to deny You.
Because of the shed blood of Jesus Christ, we can receive forgiveness for our sins. Forgiveness, though, is becoming a foreign concept in our culture, which is breeding so much violence. Father, by Your Spirit, we pray that these kids would experience forgiveness, and would learn how to extend it to others. Dispel the lies that we’ve been taught about what forgiveness is and isn’t, and show them how powerful true forgiveness is.
Father, there is so much evil surrounding us and these precious children in this day and age. Please protect them. Oh how my heart aches and grieves at the headlines which have become all too common about children suffering abuse at the hands of the very ones they were supposed to trust. Father, can I be so bold to ask that this school year, not one child would be abused in the school setting? We also pray that for all the children who have been abuse and are still suffering in silence and fear, that You would expose the evil that was done to them, and bring justice on their behalf. Deliver them from evil, O God!
Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
What would you pray for the school-children of the metro-B’ham area?