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7 Prayers for Moms to Prep for Friendships this School Year

This time of year always feels like a time to reset, especially where friendships are concerned. With the school year swiftly approaching, I know my son will make new friends and have old friendships blossom. Even though I'm not in school, I experience the same thing. With the return to bible study and moms' group, I have the opportunity to strengthen existing friendships and cultivate new ones.

New School Year = New Friendships

I love this time of year. I love people's stories and being involved in each other's lives. I love hearing about the little friends my son is making, and seeing them grow closer together. I love listening to, laughing with, and praying for the women in my life as we brave parenthood together.

It would be a missed opportunity not to pray for the great potential and powerful impact these relationships can have as we embark on another school year.

I've compiled some scriptures and prayers for myself to meditate on as I count down to back-to-school. Not just for our my kids, but for me, too. Hopefully, as I prepare my heart, mind, and life for friendships this year, I'll be paving the way to see God in and through some amazing people!

7 Prayers to Prep for Friendships this School Year

"Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm." Proverbs 13:20

Lord, my prayer for my child(ren) and myself is that we find friends with true wisdom. That we aren't drawn to fun, humor, or popularity over discernment, prudence, and wisdom in our friendships. I pray we are wise friends to others as well, and not fools that cause harm.

"A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity." Proverbs 17:17
Lord, I pray that we would find friends that stick by us in difficult times. That my child(ren) would have friends who stand with them through new classrooms, new teachers, bullying, all forms of childhood strife. That I would have friends that stand by me through hardship, trials, stuggles, and beyond. More than that, I pray that I would be the kind of friend that loves at all times and that I would raise my children to do the same.
"The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray." Proverbs 12:26
Lord, those we choose as our friends have a huge impact on us. Please help me and my child(ren) make the best choices when it comes to the company we keep. Please help us listen to you and your Spirit when it comes to starting, maintaining or ending friendships.
"Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses." Proverbs 27:6
Lord, it is easy for us to choose friendships that make us feel good. Help me and my child(ren) choose friends that speak truth, not just what is easy and comfortable. Help us to be the type of friends that are encouraging, but honest. Always honest, speaking Your truth with Your love.
"Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person,
    do not associate with one easily angered,
or you may learn their ways
    and get yourself ensnared." Proverbs 22:24-25
Lord, help us to control our tempers. Help us each to be slow to anger as You are, and quick with compassion and understanding. Help me to be a good example in this area to my child(ren) and for our family to be a good influence to our circle of friends. Help us to easily identify those who might ensnare us with their anger and bitterness and help us to steer clear.
"One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin,
    but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother." Proverbs 18:24
Lord, surround us with reliable friends that are like family. As we meet new people, help me and my child(ren) to be drawn to those who would stick close to us, and us to them. Help me teach my child(ren) to be reliable, loving, supportive friends to the people You have entrusted to us.
"One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace will have the king for a friend." Proverbs 22:11
Lord, above all else, help me to love with a pure heart and speak with grace. Help me to be that kind of friend, not only to adults, but to my child(ren). The example that I set in friendship starts with the love and grace I extend them. Let me begin earning their adult friendship now. Help me begin to learn how to be a good friend to my adult children while they are still so young. And let them grow into good, Godly friends that live in love and grace as a reflection of the friendship we have with You.

 

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