Prayer for taking tests

The stress on today’s youth to test well is palpable. The anxiety for some to achieve perfection, and for others to simply pass minimum standards, is far more than any other generation has had to endure. As students head into exam season, the hyper-focused visions for their futures can be too much for them to bare. Though they have been crafted by such unique and individual purpose by their Creator, test scores threaten to drag God’s vision for their lives out of focus.

From elementary school-aged on, children are put through a gauntlet of standardized and educational achievements, but at the end of the day there isn’t a score high enough to fill the void that a lack of Peace can leave in their hearts.

Let’s pray for students in the testing season to see past their scores, and onto the greater purpose their lives have been prepared to walk into.
 

Father,

We praise You for the journey our students are on. In an era that threatens to leave parents fearful to send their kids to school, and worried about whether they will return to them each day, we ask Your hand of protection over our students. School not only presents the possibility for physical harm, but the mental tax of testing can take a toll on their confidence.

Father, we thank You for every student, whether home-schooled, attending public or private schools …even those learning on line. Thank You for the opportunity to learn more about the world we live in and who we are in it. Thank You for the teachers that pour their hearts and lives into their students, in order to help them find their potential in this life. Bless they, and all administrators, tech assistants, janitors, bus drivers, and aides that pour their lives into our students every day. Grant them the wisdom they need to guide, encourage, and keep safe those under their watch.

For the wonders in this world, from the landscape of nature and the life that fills it, to mathematical equations and new discoveries, we praise You. Your works are wondrous, and too numerous to count or equate in this life. Let the material that this generation of students absorbs seep into their minds and bones like never before, with a rich understanding of the life You have created and the purpose and plan You have for them.

So often test bubbles can become the sole focus of the educational journey. Class rankings and scholarship earnings trump what God’s tug on the heart is trying to steer students towards. Let the voices of all the mentors and teachers present in the lives of this generation of students be aligned to the call on their lives from You, God. May Christ be more apparent and obvious to this generation that any that have come before them. May they apply their talents and gifts to the best of their abilities to honor and glorify You, Jesus.

Create in their hearts a peace and a calm, to prepare to the best of their ability for the exams and the tests they are about to complete. Inspire them to go past the minimum requirements, and work not only at the subjects that come naturally to them, but also at those that may not come so easily. Help them to learn and grow through each lesson, and each test bubble they fill in.

In the midst of their exams and tests, meet them in those moments of fear and anxiety. Bless their hearts and minds with a peace that transcends all understand. Protect them from the temptation to cheat, quit, or put forth any effort that is not their very best. Assure them that their best effort is beyond good enough, even if it does not fulfill the expectations of themselves or others. Release the grip of the pressure to perform well, and protect the fun of learning from seeping out of the school day. Surround them with encouragement, from parents, guardians, classmates, teachers, and friends.

Through this anxious time, as some students prepare for the rest of their lives, let us all remember that our days are limited on this earth …and only You are privy to that number. At the end of each test, and each day, let our hearts be grateful to have lived out another one. Protect the mental health of each young mind that is overwhelmed and drowning in the possibilities, or lack thereof, that their future seems to hold. Uphold their parents, and create in them a welcome embrace of support, not added pressure or unrealistic expectations. Soften the hearts of the adults and older mentors that surround these students, to be encouraging and uplifting.

Put examples of godly confidence in their lives to witness, Father. Models of hearts running to You. Let them not be overwhelmed by all that student life is. Lighten the load of their books and their burdens. Leave them feeling free to pursue a world full of dreams and a future all their own, instead of overwhelmed by the pressure to be someone they don’t reconcile with.

Father, we run to You, today. As students, parents, teachers, mentors, and friends. We ask You to calm our hearts lead us. Each answer, each essay, every application, let all of our efforts honor and glorify You. Show us our place in Your plan, step by step and day by day.

In Jesus’ Name,
Amen.

Meg Bucher (Megs) writes about everyday life within the love of Christ on her blog, sunnyand80.org. A stay-at-home mom, freelance writer and blogger, Bible study and children’s worship team leader, she resides in Ohio with her husband of ten years, two daughters, and their Golden-doodle.

For further prayer over students, check out “8 Encouraging Prayers for Students During Exams.”

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Prayer for Students – Why is it important?
Prayer for students is vitally important in culture today. School campuses are full of temptation and negative influences targeting students. Prayer is a way to influence students to make wise choices and excel in their studies.

There are many topics in the curriculum that will impact their decision making for years to come. Our youth and young adults approach a time of their lives where they will make significant decision about careers, marriage, children, and other life choices.

Can we live without prayer? No. We need communication with God. He can do anything without man, but He will not because He created us to love Him and love others. He establishes His kingdom through us by prayer. Prayer is one way to build our faith and expectations of His Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. Prayer can greatly impact students’ lives, faith, and outlook on their future.

Prayer for Students – What do I pray?
In my prayer for students, what do I pray for? Get to know students who are in your family, neighborhood, and church. As you interact with them, you will realize the problems and situations that they face. Here are some suggestions for how to pray for them:

  • Many struggle with classes or courses. Pray for wisdom as they listen to lectures and complete homework. Pray for good recall during testing.
  • Pray for students as they encounter philosophies or theories that are contrary to their beliefs.
  • Pray that their parents will provide good guidance and help them make wise decisions.
  • The financial burden of tuition and books is costly. Ask God to provide for their needs.
  • Pray for those who struggle with balancing a job and class attendance.
  • Pray for students to have accountability and encouragement from a group of Christians.
  • Pray that God lead them into a relationship with Him and strengthen their faith.
  • Follow the guidance given in the Bible. These verses can be prayed for students.

    “Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life—in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing” (Philippians 2:14-16).

    “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

    “Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart” (2 Timothy 2:22).

Prayer for Students – How do I pray?
How can I implement prayer for students on a regular basis? Here are some practical suggestions.

  • Prayer walk on campus – Consider having a prayer walk around the school or university in your community. These campuses usually have parking areas and streets near them. That’s a great place to start. Walk around the area while praying for the students who attend. Pray for success in their studies, for them to make good choices, and to say no to temptation. Pray also for the professors, teachers, and administration.
  • Prayer Team – Other Christians may be interested in praying for students in your local area. Think about starting a weekly prayer team for your school.
  • Influence specific students – Email short prayers to students you already know. Encourage them in their studies and ask them for ways you can pray for them.

Prayer for students is essential. You have an important role in their lives. Many students leave their faith during these crucial years. With your prayers, their spiritual lives could be enhanced and remain strong.

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Dear Heavenly Father,

I thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this school and the community within it. Thank you for bringing my students to this classroom safely, and for the ability to give them food for their bellies and activities to stretch their minds.

I pray for humility as I learn from my mentor teachers. Please give me a discerning heart so I know when to incorporate the teaching practices I observe and when to rely on my own knowledge.

Allow me to recognize when to push my students’ thinking and when to give them grace. Help me find the right words to say as I encourage Your children to think critically, explore freely, and care for each other always. Provide me with an awareness of my biases and privileges so I can provide equitable education.

For those who don’t know You, Lord, I pray that they catch a glimpse of You and Your everlasting love. I pray that my students learn that they were made perfect in Your image, God, and that their unique talents are part of Your perfect design.

For those who return to broken homes, I pray that they learn that their reality is not indicative of their value. For those who are struggling with big emotions, Lord I ask that you give me the tools to help me share my peace with them.

If danger strikes today, Lord, let me shelter my students and protect them from harm. Allow me to highlight their strengths and support them in their struggles. Above all else Lord, let me look to You and Your infinite wisdom always.

In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.

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