12 verses you can pray for your first grader

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Hi, babes! I hope you all had a great weekend and are having a great start to your week. We had a great weekend of time away with friends mixed with family time, family walks, and a Sunday full of church and home chores. But, a new week of work and school has started and we’re hoping to get more into the swing of things this week!

This will be the girls second full week of school and they are pumped. This year has felt so different to me because my girls just seem so much bigger. I don’t know if it’s because we’re officially out of the toddler stage or because Emma Grace is a first grader, but it just feels different. First grade just seems like such a giant step. My worries have shifted from “will they fall asleep at nap time” to things like “will they pay attention in class?” or “will Emma Grace be inclusive at recess with all the girls?”

I could honestly spend hours worrying about my girls and all the “what if” scenarios of school, but this past weekend it hit me – why worry when I can just trust God. If I’m placing my trust in God for all the other areas of my life, why would I not whole-heartedly put my trust in Him with all my first grade worries? And not only that, but why am I not being more prayerful? Sure, I pray every day for Emma Grace, but we are called to pray specifically, too. So, I’m setting my intention this week to pray specific things for girls. Sometimes I’m sure my prayers will be related to specific situations, but I can also pray for specific traits. I can pray that Emma Grace will grow in traits like integrity and patience and that she will demonstrate traits like love and respect.

12 verses to pray for your first grader:

1. LOVE – “Father, I pray my child would learn to live a life of love, through the Spirit who lives in her.”

Ephesians 5:2 – “…and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”

2. SELF-CONTROL – “Father, help my child not be like many others, but to be alert and self-controlled in all she does.”

1 Thessalonians 5:6 – “So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober.”

3. RESPECT – “Lord, help my child to show proper respect to everyone, as your Word commands.”

1 Peter 2:17 – “Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.”

4. KINDNESS – “Father, I pray that my child would be kind to her sister and to everyone else.”

1 Thessalonians 5:15 – “Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good foe each other and for everyone else.”

5. GENEROSITY – “Lord, I pray my child would be rich in good deeds, generous and willing to share.”

1 Timothy 6:18 – “Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.”

6. PATIENCE – “God, strengthen my child with all power, so that they may have great endurance and patience.”

Galatians 5:22 – “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.”

7. HUMILITY – “God, please cultivate in my child the ability to show true humility toward all.”

Titus 3:2 – “to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.”

8. COMPASSION – “Holy Father, I pray that you clothe my child with the virtue of compassion.”

Colossians 3:12 – “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”

9. COURAGE – “Lord, may my child always be strong and courageous in her character and her actions.”

Deuteronomy 31:6 – “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

10. RESPONSIBILITY – “Lord gran that my child would learn to be responsible, for she should carry her own load.”

Galatians 6:5 – “for each one should carry their own load.”

11. FAITH – “Lord, help my child to fight the good fight of faith, taking hold of the eternal life to which they were called.”

1 Timothy 6:12 – “Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”

12. PASSION FOR THE LORD – “Lord, I pray my child’s soul would pant for you as a deer pants for streams of water.”

Psalm 42:1 – “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.”

** These verses were derived from a Bible verse calendar I received years ago. I have no idea where I got it and there isn’t a source to site.

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