Prayer for Life-Long Protection
In you, Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame.
2 In your righteousness, rescue me and deliver me; turn your ear to me and save me. 3 Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go; give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress. 4 Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of those who are evil and cruel. 5 For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth. 6 From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother’s womb. I will ever praise you. 7 I have become a sign to many;
you are my strong refuge. 8 My mouth is filled with your praise, declaring your splendor all day long. Psalm 71: 1-8
Well, it is that time of year again. It is the time of year where most of us refuse to see the setting sun of summer and why not? The fall solstice does not start until September 22; the end of summer is a full month away! What seems to suck that joy away is the reality of Monday. Now must of us would say well every Monday is a downer but in particular this coming Monday when most of our children and grandchildren head back to school. I will save you my rant on not starting school until after Labor Day. What I will say is that all of us approach this day a little differently. For parents, this can be a day of unspeakable joy or unspeakable sorrow. Most parents if their honest would say they have both of those emotions. Joy that yes, finally your children will not constantly be under your feet and sorrow; that time fly’s way too fast, did we even have a summer and when did my child start driving a car to school, weren’t they just on a tricycle last week? For children, they may be filled with the excitement of rejoining their friends from last year or may have fears about all the unknowns about school. For teachers it may be like preparing for battle, putting on the full armor of God every morning to bring a blessing to our children. For Grandparents, we remember the emotions that swell this time of year and the one emotion we would love to give you a piece of advice on is the anxiety you are feeling right now.
“Iz o.k.”, God is in control. Breathe and pray, breathe and pray, breathe and pray. Feel better now? I recognized this week that we probably do not pray enough for our students and teachers well-being. I find myself praying with those who are facing surgery, facing medical tests, facing death… but do I pray enough for those who are facing a life shift, studying and facing tests daily, facing a new life in whatever grade? I have resolved this school year to pray. To pray with my grandchildren before they leave for their perspective schools, I will pray for their studies, learning, challenges and that God may open up opportunities of wonder, joy, and curiosity every day. I will pray for their parent’s peace, wisdom and strength. I especially will pray for those who teach and hold a very valuable commodity in their hands, our children’s souls; after all, learning is a Christian discipline. I will pray for these servants who usher our children into the arena of wonder, joy, and curiosity with their studies. I would like you to join Pastor Jenny and myself in this kingdom changing endeavor to pray specifically for this school year and those engaged deeply in it. To do this daily. To actively send your children, grandchildren off with a blessing, even if it is a text prayer. Let’s constantly remind those that we send out and ourselves that God is our refuge and our rock and God is steadfast and secure. Breathe, pray and trust. “Iz o.k.”, God is in control.
Pastor Scott and Pastor Jenny
Prayers for students, parents, teachers, administrators as they begin a new year.
Prayers for all our college students for wisdom, safety, and integrity.
Prayers for those who are weary and heavy laden, for the Lord to give them rest.
Prayers for the vision casters, that they may see with the eyes of God.