5 Verses to Pray Over Your Kindergartener

Micah is starting kindergarten next month. I’m not old enough to be here. Well, I am. Obviously. But I really don’t feel like it.

He had his preschool graduation and kindergarten orientation a couple of months ago, and we got a lot of lists. What should your kindergartener know by the first day of school? What can you do to prepare your child? What school supplies do you need to bring?

I love these kinds of lists as much as the next person. I preferred school supply shopping to school clothes shopping as an elementary schooler. This. Is. My. Jam.

5 Things to Pray for Your Kindergartener | Mom of a Kindergartener | Christian Mom | Kindergarten | Sane at Home MomI started thinking though, what kinds of things can I, as a parent, prepare my kid for that aren’t on these lists? And how can I prepare my own heart for the fact that he will be away for thirty hours a week?

I decided that as a parent, the best thing I can do for my baby is to pray for him. These verses are heavy on my heart as he prepares for kindergarten. Each one of these values and verses are important for both of us as he gets ready to enter the next phase of life, and I hope they can serve value to you as well.

Safety

God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.

Psalm 46:1
The current climate in our schools is frightening. It seems like there are new shootings on the news every week. Even just recently in our small town, there was a lockdown due to fear of students having a gun on campus. It was surreal seeing SWAT vehicles and news helicopters around the high school that I went to.
When I was pregnant with Micah, I remember seeing the Sandy Hook shooting on the news. The day he was born, I labored through the news of the Boston Marathon bombing. We are surrounded by evil and uncertainty. Rather than live in fear however, I’m choosing to pray for safety for my children. God has our days numbered, and we can have faith in the fact that he will protect us until He calls us home.
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Wisdom

The one who gets wisdom loves life;
the one who cherishes understanding will soon prosper.

Proverbs 19:8
I think the scariest part of my oldest going to kindergarten, is the fact that I won’t have control over the majority of what is happening around him. The only thing I can do is pray that he has the wisdom to discern right from wrong. I don’t only mean in terms of what his friends are doing around him, but also in terms of what people in authority are teaching or telling him.

Truth

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

3 John 1:4

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I also pray that he will continue to love to seek truth. Right now, Micah really cherishes his Bible and clings to what it says. I hope that this doesn’t fade as his need for peer acceptance grows. Not only is seeking truth important, but walking in truth. If we want our children to follow good examples, but also be good, Christ-like examples, then they must learn to seek and walk in truth.

Kindness

Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

1 John 3:18
Micah may know what is right and wrong, and I may be able to tell him everyday how to choose right over wrong, but the difficult part is putting these into action. My prayer for Micah would be that he would choose love every single day. Even, and especially with, the difficult people that he may encounter at school.
Sometimes the loving thing to do in the moment would be to remove himself from the situation, but most of the time at this age, it would be reaching out to a kid who looks lonely or sad, or offering to go the extra mile in helping the teacher. There are so many labels that can be placed on kids even at such a young age, and I really hope that “kind” will be one for my kindergartener.

Perseverance

Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. 

Galatians 6:9

When I think of perseverance, I definitely mean working hard at school, and sports, and activities when things are tough. I think grit and fortitude are so important for kids to learn. Even more than these things though, I hope he can persevere in his faith, and in doing what is right, even if it is not the cool thing that everyone else is doing.

As a parent, I can get so wrapped up in making sure my kid is well-dressed, well-liked and well-adjusted (whatever that even means..) all while losing sight of what is really important. At the end of his life, it will not matter how many goals he scored on his AYSO team. What will matter, is his character and the status of his salvation.

It’s so easy to focus on the day to day with our children, and forget about the long term, bigger picture. I hope that these verses will be an encouragement to both Micah and myself as the school year continues. And also for you.

Do you have a kid starting school this year? What are you worried about? Drop a comment down below so we can lift each other up in prayer this year!

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