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September 08, 2016

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A Prayer of Peace

For our Children and Schools

In this world of uncertainty, disrespect of others, fear for life, never knowing when or where terrorism will strike, we must pray for our children. Unfortunately, they have a front row seat to all that’s going on. Their young minds are trying to take it all in. They ponder, what will I do? How will I survive? Who will care for me when I leave home each day for school?

Here is what we as parents, grandparents, caregivers must do. Pray constantly for them, and for God’s protection over their sweet lives. Teach them to pray and pray with them. Deuteronomy 6:7-8 says to get the Word of God inside our children’s minds. “Talk to them when you sit at home, when you are on the road, when they lie down for bed and when they get up.” Let them see that you rely and depend on prayer to sustain every facet of your lives. Let our children know that God is bigger than any problem or concern they face.

School is just starting or will soon start in your community and we should all do a Jericho Walk around the schools in your neighborhood and pray for the safety and protection of all who enter through those doors. We pray that evil will not enter in and no harm will come to our children nor their teachers and administrators.

We pray for teachers and administrators, for wisdom to teach, to have divine discernment, compassion and a commitment to protect our children. We ask the Lord to bless their health and strength and may God grant His protection over their families. Pray that eyes will be opened and hearts softened to know that Christ's Banner of Love is needed over our schools. The Pledge of Allegiance shows that we as a nation should be “one nation under God” and that we should all respect and hold dear the values of unity, liberty and justice for all. (My question to everyone is, why is the Pledge of Allegiance more harmful in our schools than books about witches, demons, ghosts and monsters?)

If your child is going to a new school—especially a new high school, as our children seem to fear that transition more than any other advancement—go with them to meet their teachers and administrators. Your presence helps to calm their “New Kid” fears. Volunteer when and where you can so you become a familiar face to the staff. Make planned and unplanned visits to your children’s schools to see what’s going on. Pray as you enter and as you walk the halls for God’s peace and protection.

Pray for our children to not be bullied or to be bullies. Pray each child will have kindness and consideration for others who may not look like them or have the same opportunities as them. Let’s talk more to our children at home to find out what they experience at school on a daily basis. Let them know you care. Find out who their friends are and strive to meet their friends' parents.

Dear Lord, our desire is for our children to have clear minds, freedom from stress and anxiety, unencumbered by the societal/world problems so they can focus on learning. I pray our beloved children will know how to pray for themselves, that they know they can call upon You at any time Jesus and receive far greater peace then they can ask or imagine. I pray for the assurance that You will dispatch Your angels to keep a hedge of protection around them. I know Lord that You have protected me and my family from dangers both seen and unseen too numerous times to share in this blog!

The song says, “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty, early in the morning our song will rise to thee.” Lord we rise up early to pray for our children and we give them back to You each day…we trust Your care and commitment to watch over them for You are a loving Father. So I charge You this day Heavenly Father, to make this year a year of passionate learning, productivity, progress and PEACE for our children. In Jesus' Holy and Righteous Name I pray, Amen!

Cynthia Jones is a child of God, wife, mom and Shazzy Fitness guest blogger. Cynthia has led several Women’s Ministries for over 28 years; she and her husband serve all over the country, mentoring and teaching couples how to love & grow according to God’s design for Christian marriage. Subscribe to our newsletter and get awesome updates on faith, fitness, fun, family and fellowship!


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