Today is the big day! Well, technically we started working on stuff yesterday afternoon. But today is the offiical-on-the-calendar First Day of School. In these quiet morning minutes I have been out on my front porch with a hot cup of coffee & Stormie Omartian's book 'The Power of a Praying Parent'. I was reading chapter 14 entitled 'Instilling the Desire to Learn' & thought I'd share part of the prayer here as most of us head BACK TO SCHOOL.
Lord, I pray that (our kids) will have a deep reverence for You & Your ways. May they hide your word in their heart like treasure, & seek after understanding like silver or gold. Give them a good mind, a teachable spirit, & an ability to learn. Instill in them a desire to attain knowledge & skill & may they have joy in the process. Above all, I pray that they will be taught by You, for Your Word says that when our children are taught by You they are guaranteed peace.
I pray they will respect the wisdom of their parents & be willing to be taught by them. Handpick each teacher, Lord, & may they be godly people from whom they can easily learn. Take out of their lives any teacher who would be an ungodly influence or create a bad learning experience. Help them to excel in school & do well in any classes they may take. Make the pathways of learning smooth & not something with which they must strain & struggle. Connect everything in their brain the way it is supposed to be so that they have clarity of thought, organization, good memory & strong learning ability.
I say to them according to Your Word, "Apply your heart to instruction, & your ears to words of knowledge". (Prov. 23:12) "May the Lord give you understanding in all things" (2 Tim.2:7) Lord, enable them to experience the joy of learning about You & Your world. Amen!
All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.