Who is ready for school to start?? As a parent, this time of year is surrounded with many emotions. If I am honest, I am ready for them to go back to school. But then they go back, and I miss spending so much time with them. So as a parent, how do we prepare for “back to school”? Usually we buy new uniforms (because they grow like weeds), we search out the impossible to find items on the school supply list, and we stock out refrigerator and pantry with the “running out of the door” breakfast items.
All of these items are a necessary part of getting ready to go back to school. But I want to add one more thing to your list…PRAY! Prayer is the engine that moves everything. We need to pray that our kids are making solid friendships with other students. We need to pray for their teachers to make a positive influence on them. We need to pray that our kids will be strong in times of temptation and a light on their campus. Sometimes we put these things to the side and just “hope” they will happen. But I would like to encourage you (and myself) to do something different this year, and pray persistently for these things. Jesus tells us this story in Luke 18:1-8
1 One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up.
2 “There was a judge in a certain city,” he said, “who neither feared God nor cared about people.
3 A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, saying, ‘Give me justice in this dispute with my enemy.’
4 The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people,
5 but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’”
6 Then the Lord said, “Learn a lesson from this unjust judge.
7 Even he rendered a just decision in the end. So don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?
8 I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly!
Let’s persistently pray for our kids this year. Let’s persistently pray for their teachers, principals, coaches, and all these people in their life that really spend more time with our kids than we do. Let’s persistently pray for our schools being a place of safety. Let’s persistently pray!