A Prayer for Families

A Prayer for Families

Each of us has different challenges during this season, whether we’re single or married, working or not, young or old. As the school year begins, families are on my heart. Though distance learning was a thing in the Spring, virtual learning is different this time around. My post today is a prayer for families, and I invite you to pray along with me.

Father God,

We come to you recognizing we don’t have control over every aspect of our lives. You’ve reminded us of this throughout the pandemic. You nudge us to lean on you, and to look to you. We come to you in a posture of surrender. Lord, we need you, every hour we need you.

We pray for the many families who are faced with challenges as the school year begins.

Kids have new teachers, and very structured virtual schedules, unlike in the Spring. Parents chose between homeschool, independent study and distance learning without knowing what each would entail. We pray for peace that surpasses understanding as they head into unknown territory.

Parents are juggling work schedules and school schedules. They are stretched thin. They don’t get breaks like they used to, and there are few places to take their kids on outings. We pray for strength, endurance, and lots and lots of grace.

We pray for discernment as parents answer questions like “Is it safe to send my child to daycare or to have grandma help out?” Despite unideal options, we pray for your eyes in decision-making, and we pray for inspiration and creativity.

Thank you for the folks in our body who are reaching out to support, by providing homework help or tutoring, by delivering meals, by making porch visits, by sending care packages to kids, or by serving in Sunday School. Thank you for prompting people to pray. You are at work!

We surrender to you, as this school year begins, knowing you are a good God, who is present, who hears every prayer, and who loves His people.

In Christ’s name, we pray. Amen.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13