My prayer for our children for the 2016-2017 school year

"John grew up and became strong in spirit..." Luke 1:80

Tears filled my eyes this morning as I read this verse and thought about my own three kids and the upcoming school year. Is this ancient verse not the desire of every mama's heart today?

As we all move into the 2016-2017 school year, let us pray this passage over each of our children. May they like John, also become announcers of God's love for all of mankind even within the grades they fall into. Yes Lord, like John, may our children grow and become strong in spirit! May they be able to withstand the temptation to want to "fit in", and instead embrace the calling to "be set apart!" Heavenly Father, please give them wisdom beyond their years, kindness of heart for new friends, and a willingness to honor and respect their teachers. Steady them with your arms where ours cannot reach and remind them of Your Presence when they are feeling alone.

We entrust our children to You today and everyday! In Jesus Name, Amen!