Prayer for the school year

prayer for the school year

Lord Jesus, we ask for Your help as we begin this new school year. Allow us to experience Your presence in the many blessings You put before us. Open our eyes to the new challenges and exciting opportunities that this new school year brings. Open our heart and mind to new friends and new teachers. Give us a generous spirit to be enthusiastic with our studies and courage to accept new opportunities. Help us to be attentive to one another and let us experience Your presence in our new friends. Jesus, inspire us to do our best this year! Amen

prayer for the school year

Lord, Give us insight to see realistically “what is”; but make us dreamers and give us vision of all the possibilities for “what can be.” Use us as your instruments to form, inform, reform, and transform those who come to us. We ask this in your name, Jesus Christ. Amen

prayer for the school year

Loving Creator, Map your goals for us in our hearts. Make our classrooms oases in the busy world. Make them places of warmth and trust. May our affirmation of our students enable them to know that their opinion counts. Free them to stretch themselves as they seek holistic growth in a safe, nurturing, Christian environment. Amen

prayer for the school year

Dearest Father in Heaven, Bless us all and bless this day of new beginnings. Smile upon this staff and student body, And surround us, Lord, with the soft mantle of your love. Teach this community to follow in your footsteps, And to live life in the ways of Love, faith, hope and charity. We ask this through your name, Jesus Christ… Amen

God, I am not sure if you really exist. Accept me with all my doubts and fears and show yourself to me in such a way that I can somehow move forward. Show yourself to me as love, Show yourself to me as forgiveness Show yourself to me as new life, as the promise of a new beginning. Amen

prayer for the school year

Lord God, You are a global God. Grace us and grace our students with global vision in our mission to spread your love. May we be trailblazers as we bring that “touch of magic,” that touch of your love, to those we meet each day. We make this prayer in your name, Jesus Christ. Amen

prayer for the school year

Loving Father: Make us feeling people, who empathize with the many emotions which pervade our buildings each day. May we harness the energy of those feelings and use it in building a learning community of students, faculty, administrators, staff, and parents within the nurturing environment of our schools and homes. Amen

prayer for the school year

May the blessing of the Holy Trinity go with us today. May God’s strength keep us secure. May Christ our true Wisdom guide our learning. May the Holy Spirit make us glad and good. May the enfolding of the Trinity hold us and bring us, at day’s end, safely home.  Amen.

prayer for the school year

Lord, keep us strong so that we can carry out your works: feeding the hungry, visiting the sick, clothing the naked and being a voice for those who suffer persecution. Bless us this year, so that we may all experience rich friendships, authentic success, and purpose in all we do. Amen

prayer for the school year

Lord God, In our work as Catholic students and teachers, let us reach out to all, remembering that anonymity is not acceptable for anyone in our communities. May we live our lives so that people recognize you in us…so that wearing the cross would not be incongruous to those who know us. May those in our schools be “pearls” to us, valued for the unique beauty they bring to our communities. Amen

Creator God, May our lives be quilted together in love made visible, as we laugh, love, labour, and learn together. Enliven our spirits that our inner beings may give form and strength to all we do. Finally, grant that we who serve in Catholic schools may love you much, may love one another, and may never forget why we came! Amen.

prayer for the school year

Loving God, Look upon these students. Let them enjoy their learning and take delight in new discoveries. Help them to persevere in their studies and give them the desire to learn all things well.  Look upon these teachers. Let them strive to share their knowledge with gentle patience and endeavour always to bring the truth to eager minds. Grant that students and teachers alike may follow Jesus Christ, the way, the truth, and the life, forever and ever. Amen

Praying Scripture is a powerful weapon we have to fight off anxiety and fear of the unknown. This prayer calendar for the school year is Scripture-based and includes 31 days of prayer that can be customized and adapted for any school situation from public, private or homeschool.

Download your free prayer calendar today and commit to praying every single day of the new school year!

prayer for the school year

A new school year is almost upon us and I have ALL the feelings.

I have found peace in our school choice and am excited to watch my children grow in knowledge and learn new things. I look forward to seeing the relationships form between peers and, hoping that my children find true friends who love God.

I am grateful for teachers this year. As a former teacher myself, I know how hard teaching is. I look forward to working together with her to create a positive learning experience for all, as well as encouraging the other teachers and administrators in the building.

A few years ago, oldest started Kindergarten. This year, I will have a second grader, a Kindergartner, and a  preschooler 😉

We are now pros in our school setting and love our community but sending another child off to Kindergarten for the first time brings up new feelings of excitement and anxiety.

Starting Kindergarten was a milestone, one that I had been anxiously awaiting since the day all were born. It felt like it would be a long way off but here we are. Somewhere along the way, I now have a seven-year-old, six-year-old and a three-year-old. Where did the time go?

My middle child will join her brother for full days at school. As a six-year-old, I am sure she has her own anxious and excited feelings, though probably very different from mine.

This summer as I have been mentally preparing to send them both off to school, where they will spend 7 hours a day out of our home, I have discovered even more just how important prayer is.

I’m an anxious person by nature.

I have long struggled with anxiety, fear and anxiety attacks. As I’ve gotten older and learn to identify my triggers (that’s an entire blog series in itself and one I may share soon!), I know just how important praying the Scripture is over my life.

Last year as I was anxious about my son starting Kindergarten, praying Scriptures was the only thing to calm my anxious heart.

I knew his first day would be both exciting and a little sad. I cried but it wasn’t because of fear.

I have the peace and comfort of praying God’s Word over my children, their school, their teachers and my own anxiety.

We will continue the tradition of me praying over them on our way to school as I model for them the power of prayer and teach them to pray their own prayers when they are feeling overwhelmed, scared or anxious.

Along with praying with them, I will also be praying for them.

I will be praying God’s Word over their school day, their spirit, their teachers, relationships with peers and for the entire school community.

As a way to help me prepare, I’ve created a prayer calendar that touched just about every aspect of the school day but, most importantly, is based on Scripture.

It is powerful to pray God’s Word.

It is living and active, it is inspired by Him who knows perfect peace. God gave us His Word to help us know Him better and it’s the perfect tool to help build our prayers.

prayer for the school year

The prayers below are generic but are totally customizable. Include your children’s names, swap out the pronouns his/her/him/his to make it even more personalized. Use these short prayers as prompts to spring into even deeper times of prayer.

These prayers can be used and adapted to any school situation, whether that be public, private or homeschool.

At the bottom of this post, you can download your own prayer calendar. Print it off, front to back, and place it in your Bible or prayer journal.

Pray one a day, or more, just commit to praying for your children’s school year every single day of the school year, not just at the beginning. As the year progresses and attitudes change, prayer is even more beneficial!

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Scripture-Based Prayer Calendar for the School Year


I pray that ____ may seek and acquire knowledge this year as they learn and grow (Proverbs 18:15). Help them to grow in their love of learning and never lose the desire to continue to learn and grow themselves.


Father, help my children grow in wisdom, in stature, and in favor with You and others this year. (Luke 2:52). May they not only increase their own knowledge but may they learn that true wisdom comes only from You.


Lord, help ___ be brave and stand firm in the faith (1 Corinthians 16:13) and know they are never alone for You are always with them (Joshua 1:6).


Father God, remind my child to be strong and courageous in their character and actions, to not be frightened or scared, for You, Lord God, are with them wherever they may go (Joshua 1:9).


I pray that my child will speak Your Word with boldness (Acts 4:29) and be filled with the Holy Spirit to share Your message when the time arises (Acts 4:31).


God, I pray the seeds of faithfulness planted during the early years may spring up like the mustard seed (Luke 17:5-6) and become deeply rooted in my children’s hearts. Help them remember the faith of those who have gone before them (Hebrews 11) when they feel weak.


Father, help my child be kind and patient, not arrogant or rude. May they not rejoice at wrongdoing but rather rejoice in the truth. Enable him/her to endure in all things (1 Corinthians 13:4-7). Help their words and their heart be pleasing to You (Psalm 19:14).


God, I pray that _____ may be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasures for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so they may take hold of that which is truly life (1 Timothy 6:18-19). May their heart remain pure as they share and give their offerings, remembering You love a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7).


Lord, help my children do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit but in humility count others more significant than themselves. Let them look not only to their own interests but also to the interests of others. May they think of Jesus and what He would do (Philippians 2:3-5).


Father God, I pray that my children will honor everyone they come into contact with and show respect as Your Word commands (1 Peter 2:17). From their teachers to their peers, may they remember to love one another with brotherly affection (Romans 12:10).


God, help _____ to be submissive to their teachers by listening and following directions when directed. Mold their heart to be obedient and be ready for every good work (Titus 3:1), however hard or challenging that may be in the classroom.


Father, I pray that my children will remember to love You, their God, with all of their heart, soul, strength, and mind. May this commandment be written on the forefront of their mind and heart. Through Your strength and grace, may they remember to extend that love to others (Matthew 22:37-39).

Steadfast Faith

Lord, let not steadfast love and faithfulness ever leave _______. Bind these virtues around their neck and write them on the tablet of their heart (Proverbs 3:3).


Father, may my child know right from wrong. May they make every effort to supplement their faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love (2 Peter 1:5-7). 

Mercy & Justice

Lord, may my children understand what it means to be just, to love kindness and to walk humbly with You (Micah 6:8). May they always show mercy to others, just as You have been merciful to us (Luke 6:36). 

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God, lead ______ to a true friend, a friendship that will sharpen one another (Proverbs 27:17). Help them to be discerning in their friendships, to be wise in developing close friendships and to love at all times (Proverbs 17:17).

Relationships with Peers

Lord, may my children always remember to be kind to one another (1 Thessalonians 5:15) and to extend grace by modeling Your love (Ephesians 5:1-2) to their peers and friends.

Handling Difficult Friendships

Father, help ______ to navigate relationships that may be difficult and challenging at times. Give them the strength to not fall into the cycle of speaking harmful words to or about these people, and to avoid useless quarreling. Instead lead their hearts to be gentle and to show courtesy, humility, love, and grace to all (Titus 3:2).


Lord, I pray for calmness, boldness, and purpose for our teachers as they begin a new school year. Allow them to cast all anxious thoughts on you they prepare for a year of unknowns (1 Peter 5:7). Help them to be bold (Deuteronomy 31:6) and model Your love when they are not able to speak up about their faith, and may their eyes be open to the purpose you have called them to. Open his/her eyes so he/she may know who You have created them to be (Ephesians 1:18).

Thanksgiving for Teachers

God, thank you for teachers who teach our children with a servant’s heart (Ephesians 6:7) and work hard in their efforts to instill knowledge, growth with humility, and patience (Ephesians 4:1-2).

Your Child’s Teacher (s) by Name

Father, lead _________ today as she/he teaches. Grant him/her the wisdom and insight to embrace the high calling you have called them too. (Ephesians 1:18)

Love & Compassion for Teachers

Lord, I pray that my child’s teacher would love his/her students the way You have called them to. Open their eyes so they may see each precious student with eyes of compassion and love. (Matthew 9:36)

Patience & Perseverance for Teachers

Fill our teachers with patience and perseverance as the year goes on, that they may not grow weary (Galatians 6:9) and continue on running the race with endurance (Hebrews 12:1).

Creativity & Vision for Teachers

Lead my child’s teacher as they plan and prepare for each day. Help them to remain creative in planning lesson plans for the day and open their eyes so they do not lose the vision of why you called them to teach. (Psalm 32:8)

Classroom Environment

God, help our teachers to create an environment that is warm and inviting, that allows our children to fall in love with learning and encourages them to grow in knowledge and understanding.

School Administration  

Father, guide the leaders of the school as they make decisions. Allow them to model Your grace and compassion and be humble leaders who stand for integrity (Psalm 25:21).

Special Teachers

Thank you, God, for teachers who teach and love our children outside of the regular classroom. May they feel your peace and purpose as they teach whether that be in the library, art room, gym or any other classroom in the school (Colossians 3:15).

School Building & Community

God, I pray that You would lay Your hands over the building or community where my child will grow and learn this year. May Your presence and spirit be felt as You fill the halls with Your truth.

Parental Relationships

Lord, as I interact with and develop relationships with the parents of my children’s friends and peers, allow me to model Your love and grace to all (Ephesians 5:1-2). Allow deep friendships to form when appropriate and make every effort to do what leads to peace (Romans 14:19).

Willingness to Work Hard & to Serve

God, show my children the value of working hard and offering their service to others. Whatever you do, ______, work heartily for the Lord and not for others (Colossians 3:23).

Willingness to Serve

As opportunities arise to serve in the school, both for my child and for myself, may You continue to help us develop a servant’s heart, that we may all serve with our whole hearts as a reminder that we are serving You and not man (Ephesians 6:7).

prayer for the school year

As a reminder to pray these prayers for the entire school year, I have created a prayer calendar that I have printed off and is placed in my prayer journal which sits in my Bible book basket.

Along with my regular prayers for the day, I will also lift these Scripture-based prayers up every day.

prayer for the school year

***Printing Note: Print front to back on a standard piece of printing paper. To keep the calendar small, several of the prayers have been shortened. 

31 Daily Prayer Prompts for the School Year

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prayer for the school year

I also love these prayers for praying over your child’s school year:

A Back to School Prayer for Our Kids from I Can Teach My Child, modeled off Luke 2:52.

How to Pray for Your Child As They Head Off to School from Chaos to Peace, I love how Jennifer prays that her boys will be like heroes of the faith found all throughout the Bible!

15 Bible Verses to Pray Over Your Kids This School Year from The Purposeful Mom, more Scripture to base your prayers on for your children.

Do you pray for your child’s school year? What prayers do you pray? 

Are you craving some routines in your days but don’t know where to find the motivation to get started after a long, lazy summer or a busy season?

My very favorite event of the entire year is right around the corner: The 2018 Homemaking Ministries Online Conference!! I’ve been watching the sneak peek videos of the conference sessions they’ve been releasing and I am getting to excited!

prayer for the school year

The theme for this year is the Deep Dive Summit and the whole goal this year will be to do DEEP into four main areas of your home and life:

  • In the Kitchen, Homemaking Routines
  • Your Identity in Christ, and
  • Family Life.

The online sessions will cover step by step instruction and encouragement for running and managing a Gospel-Centered Home.

And this week they unveiled a brand new bonus to everyone who purchases a ticket to the conference by August 31st!!

It’s called the Deep Dive Summit Toolkit and it contains over $250 worth of digital resources to help in those four categories I mentioned above!

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Not only is this conference going to be incredible with 31 amazing sessions that are ONLINE and accessible forever, but when you purchase by August 31st you will also get this toolkit for FREE!! What an amazing deal 🙂

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31 Daily Prayer Prompts for the School Year

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It’s that time of year where new clothes are purchased and organized  supplies are awaiting the big event; the first day of school.

Whether you or not you are sad to see the summer come to a close, a new school year is upon us all.

It’s a fresh slate and a time of new opportunities.

prayer for the school year

As a parent of two children heading to school, I am especially sensitive of this experience and am looking for ways to ease the transition for us all.

But before I do anything else, I am committing to pray every day starting August 1st for my children’s new school year.

Will you join me for 30 days of prayer for your child and the new school year?

So get your tissues ready {or maybe I am the only one who is teary in sending the kids off to school}, and hit your knees. Let’s dedicate 30 days to pray for the new school year.

Day 1- Spiritually

Pray that your child will understand the Gospel and learn to apply biblical principles to every aspect of life.

Day 2- Relationship to the teacher

Pray that your child will develop a deep respect and appreciation for his/her teacher and will act respectful of all authority figures.

Day 3- Relationship to peers

Pray that your child will develop a close bond with his peers and that he/she will choose friends wisely.

Day 4- Wisdom

Pray that your child will develop the ability to discern right from wrong and put it into practice on a daily basis.

Day 5- Conviction

Pray that your child will be convicted by sin and be found out when he/she does wrong.

Day 6- Honesty

Pray that your child will desire to be honest, even when it’s hard or when he/she gets into trouble.

Day 7- Kindness

Pray that your child will treat others with kindness, even when it is not popular.

Day 8- Compassion

Pray that your child will be compassionate, and show the love of Jesus to those who are hurting.

Day 9- Being a servant

Pray that your child learns to be a servant and sees the beauty of being the hands and feet of Jesus.

Day 10- Humility

Pray that your child learns to be humble and not to brag about his/her success.

Day 11- Desire to learn

Pray that your child will develop a love of learning and desire to be a life-long learner.

Day 12- Strongest subject

Pray that your child will be challenged in his/her strongest subject and will be pushed out of his/her comfort zone.

Day 13- Weakest subject

Pray that your child will make progress and tremendous growth in an area of weakness.

Day 14- Confident learner

Pray that your child will be confident in his/her abilities as a student.

Day 15- Learning issues exposed

Pray that any learning issues or suspected weakness will be brought to light.

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Day 16- Emotional growth

Pray that your child will mature in emotional stability and be comforted as their faith deepens in understanding.

Day 17- Sensitivity

Pray that your child will have a tender spirit and be will to help those in need.

Day 18- Evangelical spirit

Pray that your child will be excited to share the message of Jesus, no matter the cost.

Day 19- Become a good listener

Pray that God will open the ears of your child to hear the teacher and an open heart to listen to others.

Day 20- Self-control

Pray that your child will learn self-control and have the discipline to use it in even the toughest of situations.

Day 21- Think before speaking

Pray that your child will learn to guard their tongue and to think about words before speaking aloud.

Day 22- Guarded mind

Pray that your child will have a guarded mind and thoughts of the Lord will be planted, and not be easily uprooted.

Day 23- Softened heart

Pray that your child has a softened heart towards the gospel and will hear the good news with open ears.

Day 24- Quick to forgive

Pray that your child will be quick to extend grace when a wrong has been done to him/her.

Day 25- Slow to anger

Pray that your child will have a long fuse and not anger easily.

Day 26- Joy

Pray that your child will experience the joy of the Lord and not look for happiness in the things of the world.

Day 27- Strength

Pray that your child will have the strength to do what is right and do grow in physical strength as well.

Day 28- Safety

Pray that your child will be safe in sports, and on the playground.

Day 29- Protection

Pray that God will protect your child from harm’s way.

Day 30- Balance

Pray that your child will learn to balance responsibilities in school, home, and life with God’s help and strength.

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How do you prepare your children for back-to-school?  What are your prayers for your children as they start a new year?

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How to pray for teachers, students, and schools consistently 

prayer for the school year

I’ve been a student, a teacher, and now a parent of a student, and through it all I’ve learned that everyone involved in the education of school-age children could use our prayers. Whether you are a public school, private school, or homeschool family, a great way to start the school year is to pray for teachers, students, and schools. Our classrooms need our prayers!

If you need a little inspiration for how to pray for teachers, students, and schools, here are three of my favorite ways to do it:

Jericho-style prayer walk around the school

No marching needed, but head out to the school grounds and pray while walking around the school! Go with a list of seven different areas to pray for and and pray for one each time you walk around, or go without a plan and let God lead your prayers. And if you homeschool, you can do this around the perimeter of your home. For inspiration, watch this video of pastor Mark Batterson talk about his prayer walk around Washington D.C., from his video bible study, The Circle Maker.

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Pray through the school

My last year of teaching, I had the privilege of walking through the elementary school where I worked along with some parents from the community during the week before school started and pray over each classroom. We received permission from the administration to do this after work hours and it was amazing. We prayed for each teacher by name and prayed over common areas such as the lunch room, gym, and playground as well. This can be done throughout the home for homeschoolers. And ask someone to pray for YOU as the teacher in that case, too!

Pray for teachers and students with Scriptures – 5 Bibles verses

There are so many areas where this could be applied, but here are five examples of scriptures for teachers:

The authorities are God’s servants, sent for your good. — Romans 13:4

The student is not above the teacher, nor a servant above his master. — Matthew 10:24

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. — 2 Timothy 3:16

Command and teach these things. — 1 Timothy 4:11

In everything set them an example by doing what is good.In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us. — Titus 2:7

Pick out specific scriptures when praying for students, teachers, aides, staff, and administration. Keep them on notecards in the car with you to pray while you wait in line to pick up your kids after school.

Pray for Teachers and Students – Sample Prayer # 1 

Lord, I pray the students in this school would show proper respect for the authorities you have placed over them and recognize all authority comes from you. Help them to speak and act in a way that is respectful of all teachers, administrators, and other school staff. (Inspired by Romans 13:1-5)

Pray for Teachers and Students – Sample Prayer # 2

Almighty God, You have given my kids all the talents, abilities, and spiritual gifts they need to follow Your plan for their lives. Lord, help them use those gifts to serve You first and others second, so that Your will is accomplished in their lives. Lord, fill their lives with trusted teachers and advisers who can lead them toward You and Your promises. Help them turn to you as they learn and grow so they can lead fruitful and prosperous lives. Amen.  — by Erin MacPherson, excerpted with permission from The Christian Mama’s Guide to the Grade School Years

Pray for Teachers and Students – Sample Prayer # 3

Almighty God, because we love our children, because our hearts yearn for their schools, we cannot remain silent. We will not stop praying until their righteousness shines like the dawn, and their salvation blazes like a burning torch. May they be called the Holy People and the People Redeemed by the Lord. And may their schools be known as the Desirable Place and the City No Longer Forsaken (Isaiah 62:1, 12). In Jesus’ name, amen. – by Fern Nichols, excerpted with permission from Moms in Prayer: Standing in the Gap for Your Children

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How should parents pray for their child’s school year? How can we engage in spiritual warfare on their behalf and pray for all the social and academic challenges they will face?

These prayers are based on Scriptures and will teach you to pray with confidence for your child’s protection, spiritual growth, and intellectual development in the new school year.

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In what ways do you pray over your kids and their teachers at the start of the school year and throughout the year? Leave a comment on our blog. We’d love to hear from you!

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