Why back to school prayers with scriptures?
Going back to school brings a host of rollercoaster-like emotions for parents, children, and teachers alike. Younger children are often on edge, while teens have a hard time wondering if they have what it takes for a fresh start.
At the same time, the parents are dealing with their own emotions of being grateful to be back in a stable routine but feeling somewhat homesick and missing the extended time that family togetherness provided.
Teachers are also feeling a full range of emotions. Not only are they often parents of school-age children, but they also feel the pressure to start a new school year strong and make sure their classroom is a safe and comfortable environment, all while getting away from their anxieties.
This sudden life we are living post-COVID-19 has added a new level of concern for everyone involved regarding fear, procedures and protocol.
We are not alone in the new school year, nor as students, parents or teachers. God promises in Proverbs 4:11 that he will instruct us in the way of wisdom and guide us in straight paths. That is true for all of us, regardless of our individual roles or concerns.
As believers, our supreme teacher is the Holy Spirit. “But the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have said to you” (John 14:26 ESV).
Whether you are homeschooling, sending your children to public or private school, or have a child who is going to college for the first time, there is reason to pray, and reason to remember that “He who started a good work in you will carry until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).
14 Effective back to school prayers with scriptures
Here is a collection of Powerful back to school prayers you can pray for your kids and grandkids.
A prayer for the children
father, We praise you for being our Father. We know you have good plans for our children, and we ask that you wrap them in your arms this school year and bring them comfort and security. We ask you to push away all anxiety and instead unleash the desire to learn, grow, and mature. Give our children peace, joy and enthusiasm during the school day. Help them absorb the information taught and retain it for the future. We ask that lifelong friendships be formed, that learning become fun, and that knowledge be gained in all the ways that will bring you glory. Amen!
A prayer for teenagers
Dear Lord, Being a teenager in today’s world is difficult. We ask you right now to shower grace, mercy, and strength on the teenagers who are going back to school this year. We ask that You give them everything they need to succeed in ways that glorify Your name.
Help them not to be so inwardly focused that they lose the joy and blessing of serving another person. Help them manage their time well. When they are stressed, help them remember to breathe and turn their eyes to you, the Prince of Peace. When they have discord in their relationships, fill them with wisdom and discernment. Let them be quick to listen and slow to speak. Please help them to respect their teachers and strive to do their best, but keep them from the pitfalls of pressure. Let them rest knowing that they are your children and that they are loved regardless of their qualifications or ability in the field. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
A prayer for parents
Father, We ask you that you give parents everything they need to be the best support they can provide their children this school year. Lord, if the Father is homeschooling, give them the time, energy, and patience to guide his children well. And if his children go to school, we ask that you prepare them to encourage, support and accompany teachers in a way that benefits everyone.
We ask that you strengthen parent-child relationships this school year and that the stress of homework and busy schedules will not create a division of temper and irritation but will overcome it with the fruits of the Spirit. Fill every home and family with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, and self-control. We ask you to bless them. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
A prayer for teachers
Holy Spirit, We ask you to equip our teachers with everything they need this year. Being a teacher has always been a very stressful job, incredibly important and often undervalued, and in recent years, even more so. So, we ask you to bless our teachers this school year in a special way. Let them feel supported and held. Let them feel encouraged and equipped. Give them confidence. Give them wisdom. Help them as they navigate the educational needs of their many students and their spiritual and emotional needs.
Please give them a listening ear and energy for the tasks ahead. Teachers make a huge difference in students’ lives every day, so Lord, help them feel appreciated, loved and motivated to continue with the tasks they face in their daily schedules. Bless them, Lord, for Your glory. Amen.
Prayer for Peace
Lord, I pray that my kids (grandkids) will experience the peace of God this year that exceeds all understanding. I pray they will not worry about things they cannot control but that You will guard their hearts and minds and keep them trusting in You. I pray they will enjoy the peace of God and peace with God. I pray they will develop a spirit of gratitude and thanksgiving as they look to You daily for their needs. I pray that You will give them the capacity for joy that bubbles up from Your peace.
Prayer for Protection
Lord, I pray for Your emotional, physical, and spiritual protection over my kids (grandkids). Keep evil far from them, and help them to trust You as their refuge and strength. I pray You will guard their minds against harmful instruction and grant them discernment to recognize truth. I pray You will make them strong and courageous in the presence of danger, recognizing that You have overcome and will set right all injustice and wrong one day. Help them to find rest in Your shadow as they live in the spiritual shelter You provide for them. Let them know that the only safe place is in Jesus and that their home on earth is only temporary.
3. Prayer for Purity
Lord, I pray that You will create in my kids (grandkids) a clean heart and that You would constantly renew a right spirit within them, keeping their thoughts and actions pure and motivated by love. Guard them against temptation, and let them know. You are always faithful to give them a way out and help to endure. May the words of their mouths and the meditations of their hearts always please you and edify others.
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Prayer for Passion
Lord, I pray that my kids (grandkids) will develop a passion for the things of God. I pray they will hunger and thirst for You and Your Word and will love You with all of their heart, soul, and mind. Give them compassionate and generous hearts to love others as much as You love them. I pray they will always work and study with excellence but that You will help them desire a servant spirit of greatness rather than a worldly lust for success. I pray they will fall in love with Jesus over and over again.
Prayer for Perspective
Lord, I pray that my kids (grandkids) will develop an eternal perspective and purpose, not an earthly one. Help them to see life–and every challenge–through Your eyes, eager and unafraid to share with others the good news of Jesus wherever they go. I pray that they will set their minds on things above, not just what’s going on here, and that they will be rooted and grounded in Your love. I pray they will come to understand the extent of Your own love for them–that it surpasses all the head knowledge they will acquire in school. I pray they will be filled up with You from morning ’til night.
Other Prayers for Your Kids
These are only sample prayers, and hopefully, easy ones to remember. They are by no means exhaustive. Find your own Scripture promise or principle and pray those things daily for your kids or grandkids. But don’t confine your praying to the first few weeks of school. Your children and grandchildren need your prayers all year long–as long as you or they live. It’s the best protection. You can give Your children or grandchildren! When we pray Scripture, God listens! And we can always know those prayers are in His will.
Back to School During COVID
Dear Lord, we pray for the elementary students and teachers going back to school. We pray for their health and safety as classrooms and schools have been modified to ensure proper social distancing and hygiene. We pray for the janitorial staff, cafeteria workers, and office staff, who are essential employees at open schools; we pray that you would keep them safe and protected from the virus. Please protect the families of the students and teachers as they return home each day; please slow the spread of the virus so that it would not infect these families. Lord, we also pray for energy and rest for the students and teachers so that they would be able to plan their lessons and effectively teach all their students also that the students would be able to learn and keep up with their lessons. We also pray for their spiritual growth in Your name, Jesus. Amen.
For Favor and Blessing Over the School Year
Dear God, we pray for your blessing and favour today over our teachers, our kids, and our schools. Please allow your face to shine on them today, be gracious to them, Lord. Fill them with your Spirit and light, and give them peace in every circumstance. We know that every gift and blessing come straight from your hand. We will not take it for granted. Remind us today of your great love and care over all those we love. We thank you, Lord, that you work powerfully on our behalf, and we commit our ways to you. May each purpose and plan you have for our teachers succeed, flourish and prosper in every way. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
A Prayer for Strength
God, I ask that you help my child be strong and courageous as they tackle a new school year! Take from them any dread, anxiety, or grief that may want to steal their joy as they embark on a new school year. Remind them daily that you are with them! You will never leave them and give them the strength they need to walk through each day. Amen.
A Prayer for Fun at School
Jesus, I ask that my child’s school year be filled with sweet memories that they will cherish for their lifetime. Infuse their days with fun that will keep them supplied with joy as they grow and learn. Give them a cheerful face that is contagious as they walk through this school year. Amen. (by Amanda Idleman)