Is it just me or is it hard to resist hoarding yellow boxes of crayons when they’re just 25 cents? Sadly, the college supply list (No, there really isn’t one) doesn’t have “crayons” on it. Thankfully, since our daughter teaches kindergarten, I can help her fill her cart full of fun stuff. Back to School still stirs up excitement and, I admit, a little worry.
Does the start of a new school year put anything heavy on your heart and mind?
Sending my youngest off for his last year of college didn’t feel that different than sending him off for high school or elementary school. Like years before, regardless of how we schooled that year, there were as many unknowns as there were hopes. This year is no different, though it’s technically the last one. Ever. (Pausing to feel sentimental)
Every school year gives moms the chance to practice the lesson of doing our part. Whether you send your child off to a private or public school or school at home, the most powerful supply we can provide is the same. We can pray.
Why School Mom Prayers Matter
So much of a mom’s hopes and prayers around schooling are about learning. Learning relationships, learning character, learning how life works, and learning what matters most. And academics … learning that too. But the biggest things aren’t found in textbooks. The ideas that stick most are found in relationships and experiences. No one sees and knows a child’s life like a mom. She knows a child best, and her knowing informs how she prays. No one prays a powerful prayer like a knowing mom prays.
If God “listens to my cry for help and will answer my prayer,” (Psalm 6) then why don’t we spend more time praying for our kids working through life lessons that come with school lessons? Maybe it’s the very potential power of prayer that makes it such a target in a school mom’s life. Distractions like social media, work, household jobs, paperwork, friendships, hobbies, and even church activities can be good things twisted into barriers to prayer. If no one can pray for a child like a knowing mom, we have to put prayer at the top of the supply list.
Tools to Help Moms Pray
There are really good tools available to help moms pray regularly. If you’re not used to praying, these tools can help you learn. I have a favorite tool I share each Back-to-School season. It’s the ABC’s of Praying for Students, and now that I’ve lived PreK to College, I guarantee it applies to every level. Every child needs prayer for “attitude, boldness, courage, discernment, enthusiasm, and so much more all the way to zeal.”
If you’d like the ABC’s in a poster form or a bookmark form, you can get one from my friend Christen’s Etsy Shop, parnering with me each year to make them available and stir up prayer for students. I love knowing the ABC’s have helped teachers and parents pray all over the nation and in several foreign countries!
- Get the ABC’s of Praying for Students poster here.
- Get the ABC’s of Praying for Students bookmarks to share here.
- The My Book of Prayer series from the MOB Society. The summer one has been a beautiful guide. You can order the fall edition, mailing out later in August, right now, but don’t wait long. They aren’t available after pre-orders close. Get My Book of Prayer (Fall Wisdom Edition) here.
- A resource for Moms of daughters: Prayers for Girls website by my friend Teri Lynne.
- For Moms of sons, check out Brooke McGlothlin’s book Praying for Boys.
- And last of all, remember to pray for the teacher as this new school year begins. This list is eight years old, but the 15 ways to pray for the teacher are still solid today.
It’s his last year of college, and I’ll be doing my part through praying my knowing heart out. PreK to elementary to middle to high to college to life … in every season our children need our knowing prayers. No one prays a powerful prayer like a knowing mom prays.