It is BACK TO SCHOOL time and we are ready and eager to begin a new school year. There is, however, one thing our family does every year to aid in the assurance of our children having a safe and fun-filled school year—we cover our children in PRAYER.
Our goal is not only to ensure we build a “financial legacy”, but we want to ensure we are leaving the “spiritual legacy” that was passed down to us. Both my husband and I come from Christian homes. My dad is a pastor and my husband’s father is a minister; therefore, our faith was a vital part of our lives growing up. Everyday my mom made sure she prayed for each of us every morning before we ran out of the door (or got out of the car) for school. And if our friends were with us, guess what? She prayed for them too. Just like our parents prayed for us, the legacy continues with my husband and I praying for our children.
Now that school is starting, it is even more important that this legacy ensues. Whether our kids are (or will) struggle with confidence, fear or need to know their potential, we personalize various scripture to ensure they know who they are in Christ and have the confidence in knowing what they can do. Below are a few of the scriptures we declare over our children. You can personalize these scriptures by inserting your children’s names as well.
- Confidence: (Insert Child’s name) can do all things through Christ that strengthens them. Philippians 4:13
- Fear/Insecurity: God has not given (Insert Child’s name) a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
- Purpose/Plans: For I knows the plans I have for (Insert Child’s name), says the Lord. Plans for good and not of evil, to give them a future and an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11
- Diligence: (Insert Child’s name) will be diligent in their work. (Allowing them) to stand before kings and not before unknown men. Proverbs 22:9
- Leader: (Insert Child’s name) will be an example in speech, faith, conduct, love and purity. 1 Timothy 4:12
- Wisdom/Favor: (Insert Child’s name) will grow in wisdom and stature and obtain favor from both God and from man. Luke 2:52
- Protection: No disaster will come near (Insert Child’s name) and no harm will come near our home because God will command His angels to keep us in all our ways. Psalms 91:10-11
On our way to school, whether or not all three of the boys are in the car with me or just my two year old (who finishes the scriptures for me), we quote the above daily. And before we even make it out the door, my husband is praying for and with us to start our day. Why? Because the Bible tells us to “pray without ceasing” and who better to pray with and for than our own family.
So our goal is not to just be prepared physically (school supplies/school clothes) when starting the new school year, but to ensure we are prepared spiritually. Declaring the Word over our little ones’ lives is a great way to start—not just on the first day of school, but every day!
We are not just building a financial legacy; We are continuing our spiritual legacy.
“Train up a child in the way they should go, so when they grow old, they will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
Here are my top books I have read on praying for our children. It has helped me stay consistent in praying for them, identify what to pray for and declare scripture over them.