Back To School Prayer Challenge, Day 2: Classmates & Friends


“There’s something about childhood friends that you just can’t replace.”
~Lisa Whelchel

Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.
~Romans 12:10

When I was in 5th grade, I sat by a new student. She happened to share my name, which was a pretty common thing. I was Jennifer C. and she was Jennifer T. We couldn’t stand each other.

I remember complaining to the teacher about having to grade her quizzes – she wrote REALLY small, and I had a hard time reading it. She complained to the teacher that I was too loud and she couldn’t concentrate on her tiny handwriting work. The teacher laughed both of us off and mumbled something about us ending up best friends. Ha! Never.

By the end of 5th grade, we were inseparable. Even referred to as “the Jens”. I don’t even remember how we ended up friends. I got braces that year, so maybe Jen took pity on me. I don’t know. But we did end up best friends. And it’s a friendship that took us through middle school, and into high school. As we attended different schools, life got in the way, but we still had a special place in each others heart. So many good memories were forged from a rocky beginning.

Every encounter your son or daughter has with their classmates could be the beginning of a good friendship. You never know! Even if it’s not positive in the beginning, it can turn around. So today, let’s pray for our children’s classmates this year, and the relationships they’ll form.

  • Let’s pray for these kids to respect each other, even when there are differences.
  • Let’s pray that the Lord will lead your child to a good friend, and that they will be a blessing to each other.
  • Since any friendship is going to have rough spots, let’s pray today that when our child and their friends go through disagreements or fights, that they will seek to make things right, forgive, and learn from the experience.
  • We’ve all experienced peer pressure, and it presents itself in different ways at different ages. Let’s pray that our children will do what they know is right, stand confident in those decisions, and that their friends will back them up instead of trying to tear them down.
  • One of my dear friends from college shared with me that whenever her girls come home from school talking about a new friend, her first question is “does he/she love Jesus?” – what a great way to keep our kids focused on what is important. Let’s pray that the Lord will provide friends that DO love Jesus. And if not, we’ll pray that our children will tell them about loving Jesus!

Did you have an unusual start to a friendship when you were a kid? Or even as an adult? If so, I’d love to hear about it! Tell me in the comments below.

Day 3, we’ll be praying for…US!




Posted on August 12, 2014, in Back To School. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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