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Back-to-School Prayers: Day 3

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Welcome to day 3 of prayer! If you’re just now joining us, it’s definitely not too late! As we pray for 7 days over our children and the new school year, I’ll post a different prayer focus along with a few thoughts and Scriptures to encourage you each day.

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Today’s prayer focus: KNOWLEDGE

When I was younger, I didn’t really value the opportunity school provided. Basically, I coasted through high school. I didn’t apply myself. I had a bad attitude (in the form of apathy, pride and misplaced priorities) toward learning.

What a shame.

Thankfully, the older I get, the more I’ve learned to value knowledge, and the more I try to learn. No one can steal what you know. Knowledge protects. Knowledge provides opportunity. Or as Benjamin Franklin put it, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.

That’s what I want for our children—to invest this year into gaining knowledge, eagerly and while they have opportunity—and I’m sure you do, too.

Opening our minds to learning is as much an attitude as it is an action. Let’s pray for our children to open their minds and absorb knowledge this year, like never before.

But, let’s ask the Lord for even more than knowledge.

Let’s pray for God to give our children wisdom to apply what they learn. Solomon said, “If you really want to gain knowledge, you must begin by having respect for the Lord. . .” Prov. 1:7 NIRV

So then, true wisdom (applying what we learn) is born out of our reverence for God.

Solomon also wrote:

Maybe we can help our children gain wisdom by:

Talking with them about the Lord.

Encouraging them to pray.

Urging them to honor God.

Reading to them from God’s word.

Let’s encourage our kids to open their minds to embrace both knowledge and wisdom by our words and examples.

Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived. Pray his words over your child. Put your child’s name in the blanks of this paraphrase as you pray:

  • Help my child (         ) stay close to wisdom, and it will keep him/her safe.
  • Help (         ) love wisdom, so it will watch over him/her. To start being wise (        ) must first gain wisdom.
  • No matter what it costs, help (          ) gain understanding.
  • Help (         ) value wisdom highly, so it will lift him/her up.
  • Help (         ) to hold wisdom closely, and honor it. Set the beautiful crown of wisdom on his/her head.” Prov. 4:6-9 NIRV, my paraphrase

Have a great day!

*I would love to pray for your child to gain knowledge and wisdom today! Put your prayer request in the comments section below. Please join me in prayer today by praying for the person who comments right before you. Remember to be sensitive as you make requests, be specific while also being careful not to divulge private details.

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2018-08-08T08:59:46+00:00

About the Author:

May Patterson, author of "Seeking a Familiar Face," began writing in response to God’s grace. And by this grace, she has written, taught the Bible and spoken at a variety of events. Her ministry focus is to help people draw closer to God and each other. May is married to her dear friend Mike, and they have three grown children. She has a great love for her family, the great outdoors and travel.

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