Sometimes all we need is to know that someone out there is praying for us and thinking about us. The beginning of a school year is always when I hope for that. Whether it’s from my parents, friends, or strangers, I always pray for someone to pray for me. The beginning of a new school year can be terrifying for students and parents alike. Whether it’s your senior year, your first year of college or your child is about to begin elementary school, you can be filled with the anxiety of the unknown. I want you to know that if you are reading this, I am praying for you or your family. Here are five scriptures I am praying over you and I hope you are praying them too.
1- I pray that you influence your school so that they may better see Jesus.
“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7
The one thing we should never end the school year not doing is making a positive impact on those around us. Everyone who sees you in your classroom or on campus is a person waiting to hear you speak positivity. You don’t even have to mention your faith at first glance because people will the feel the difference in you. Invite someone to church, show love to those who don’t often feel it. The years you are in school are fleeting so make them count by showing someone some extra Jesus.
2- I pray that you do not lose yourself in order to fit in.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is- His good, pleasing, and perfect will.” Romans 12:2
One of the biggest pressures of being in school is the want and desire to fit in. As I am sure you have already realized, the older you get, the harder it is to “fit in” as a Christian. Many times, there are Christians who fall into this trap and will be used as an example against you. “If they do it, why can’t you?” You are not them. Popularity lasts as long as you walk through those halls and then it is gone. It will no longer matter by the time you are 22. Do not lose yourself to feel “worthy” for such a small fraction of your life. You are more than worthy in the eyes of the King.
3- I pray that in the busyness of it all, God is still your priority.
“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26
This is one thing I have always struggled with. Some people lose themselves in popularity and others lose it when they don’t make time for the things that matter. I pray and beg you to continue to put God as your number one this school year. Do not let the assignments, your work, or extracurricular activities drive you from spending time with Him. Don’t skip church or small group to do homework but stay steadfast. Trust me, your time spent with Jesus is by far the most important.
4- I pray that you remain strong in the face of bullies.
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32
It is easy to believe your enemies and it is easy to hate your enemies. When someone calls you fat, you often remember it for a decade or more after the fact. The tides will turn so don’t lose strength in the midst of your troubles. I was bullied for how I dressed my freshman and sophomore year of high school but guess what my senior superlative was? Best. Dressed. What people think they hate about you will easily become what they admire about you when you smile despite their angry words. I know my example is simple and trivial, but it is true. People only hate and judge what they do not understand. Treat them with kindness and stand firm. You never know who is just waiting for Jesus to show up.
5- I pray that this year strengthens your relationship with God, yourself, and with the right people.
“So whatever you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31
Let the 2018-19 school year be the year we glorify God with everything we do. From sports to a painting, to a play, to the academic team… let it be done in God’s name. Let this year be the year we are strengthened in our faith. Let this year be the year we see more of our friends and those around us come to Jesus. Let this year be the year we pray for our friends and our enemies. Let this year be the year everything changes to be about Him.