“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”
When I think about the state of the world my kids have to grow up in, my heart aches a little. But then I remember the riots of the 90s and the increase of suicides in my high school and I realize that suffering spans the ages and while I wish for my kids a struggle-free life, I know they need opportunities to grow in their faith.
That’s why we need to “armor up” according to Ephesians 6. We are warrior parents standing united in prayer for our kids.
The victory is mine because of you. I praise you for this! Lord, my kids face spiritual battles as they stand for you. Help them be alert for the traps set by the enemy of their soul. Plant within them a desire to be self-controlled. Let them stand firm in you so they can resist the enemy. I know they face pressure to compromise their values so help them maintain their ground. Bring them others who lives for you so that they can strengthen one another. In Jesus’s name, Amen.
I don’t know what tomorrow will bring. I don’t know if schools will stay in session. I don’t know if homeschooling will work out. The only thing I do know is that God is with us. He has promised to never leave us nor forsake us. This is the constant truth I cling to in the midst of unprecedented uncertainty.
I know my God is for us and that he has our backs.
As this school year unfolds, cling to the Lord in prayer. Let the cries of your heart reach his ears. Seek him in all your ways. Hope in him. Let his light lead you. This Coronavirus school year provides us with a few new lessons in trust, hope, and prayer. This is an opportunity to strengthen our trust, solidify our hope, and develop a consistent prayer life. God is good even in the midst of a bad year.
As we pray for our kids, their trust and hope in the Lord grows too. Praying for our kids is one of the greatest gifts we give them. This school year will challenge us in many ways, but it’s a great opportunity to grow together. Every disappointment is an opportunity to practice trust, hope, and to experience the peace that praying brings. May your school year be filled with God’s presence in the midst of the unknowns.
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