How to pray for teachers, students, and schools consistently
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:
- 1 Jericho-style prayer walk around the school
- 2 Pray through the school
- 3 Pray for teachers and students with Scriptures – 5 Bibles verses
- 4 Get the FREE Printables: 10 Powerful Prayers for Your Child’s School Year + 5 Bonus Prayers for Teachers
- 5 Your Turn
- 6 Helpful Prayer Resources for Parents
- 7 Read Bible Verses about Teachers
- 8 Prayer Request: Post Your Own “Prayers for Teachers”
- 9 Recent prayer requests…
- 10 A Prayer for Teachers
- 11 A Teacher’s Prayer
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.
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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We offer prayers for teachers because teachers have the enormous responsibility of imparting knowledge to our children, and their job is often difficult!
Prayers for teachers are to be said for and by them, to bring guidance and divine support so that they may bring the word of God to others. The prayers are for Sunday school and religious educators, but apply in principle to all teachers.
There is also a prayer that teachers may say to request guidance for difficult and troubled students.
“Luke 6:40: There is no disciple who is superior to his teacher; but every one whose instruction is complete will be like his teacher.”
The following has been submitted by Olga de Juana. Thanks Olga!
Help me to be a fine teacher,
to keep peace in the classroom,
peace between my students and myself,
to be kind and gentle
to each and every one of my students.
Help me to be merciful to my students,
to balance mercy and discipline
in the right measure for each student,
to give genuine praise as much as possible,
to give constructive criticism
in a manner that is palatable to my students.
Help me to remain conscientious
enough to keep my lessons always interesting,
to recognize what motivates each of my students,
to accept my students’ limitations
and not hold it against them.
Help me not to judge my students too harshly,
to be fair to all,
to be a good role model,
but most of all Lord help me
to show your love to all of my students.
Sunday School Teacher’s Prayer
Father in Heaven, I thank You that
You have called upon me to take part in
the instruction of young people. See that
I am fit to do this honored work before me.
Grant me a clear understanding of Your word.
Teach me, that I may teach others. Help me
to realize the solemnity of instructing immortal
souls, and give me aptness to teach. Enable me
to set before my students a pious example.
Make Your word quick and powerful in the
hearts of all. Bless, I pray You, each of the
students committed to my care. Grant that
they may receive with all readiness of mind
the lessons of Your word, that they may be
brought to the full knowledge of Your grace
and to the true faith in Jesus Christ our Lord.
O Lord, bless also their parents. Help them
to bring up their children under the care and
admonition of the Lord. Sanctify them, that
they may feel a pious concern for the salvation
of their children. Grant Your blessing upon the
instruction and admonition of both parents and
teachers, that all these children may become full
members of Your church, and heirs of Your salvation.
May these children be motivated to also say
prayers for teachers as well. Bless, O Lord, the
superintendent and the pastor. May our school
and church prosper to the praise of Your holy name,
and to the salvation of all the members,
for Jesus’ sake, amen.
Prayer of a Sunday school student
Dear Father in Heaven, I pray for Your blessing.
I thank You for this Sunday school, where I may
learn more about You. I thank You that You
have called upon me into Your covenant by
baptism. Help me to remember my Creator
in the days of my youth, that I may not depart
from Your ways.
Bless our school, officers,
teachers and students alike. Help us to learn
Your truth with joy. Open our hearts that we
may receive Your word. Help us to love and
obey Your truth.
O Lord, bless my teacher
and give him or her much joy in teaching us.
Bless my parents, and help me to obey them
in Your name. Please forgive all my sins,
and help me to be Your obedient,
faithful child, for Jesus’ sake.
Prayer for Troubled Kids
Almighty God, Heavenly Father, whose mercies are new unto us every morning, and Thy faithfulness every night, grant us. we pray Thee, Thy Holy Spirit, that we may heartily acknowledge Thy merciful goodness toward us, give thanks for all Thy benefits, and serve Thee in willing obedience, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Merciful God, we pray on behalf of these children and youths, that they may be more and more renewed by Thy Holy Spirit. Grant that they may receive with all readiness of mind the lessons of Thy word, that they may be brought to full knowledge of Thy grace and to the true faith in Jesus Christ. Cause all sinful affections to die in them, and all things belonging to the Spirit to live and grow in them. Give them strength to gain the victory over the world, the flesh and the devil. Defend them against temptation and every pitfall. Let Thy fatherly hand supply their wants for this life, and let Thy Holy Spirit guide them in the way of Thy commandments. Make them living members of Thy Holy Church, and heirs through hope of Thine everlasting kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Almighty and gracious God, we ask Thy blessing upon all Thy servants to whom Thou hast committed the work of teaching the young; guide them, O Good Shepherd of the sheep, that they may be able to guide the lambs of Thy flock in the way of life; and give them Thy continued grace, that they may persevere in the good work which they have undertaken; reward them abundantly through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with Thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honor and glory, world without end. Amen!
Read Bible Verses about Teachers
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It’s Time for Back-to-School!
It’s about that time again! The kids are excited (well, most of them anyway) with their fresh new backpacks and school supplies. Teachers will soon be prepping and planning for a new crop of smiling faces, and if we’re honest, most of the parents are happy with a bit of reprieve.
As I soak in the last few days of summer break, my thoughts take me to the many first days of school I’ve had in my own classroom. While most years it has gone smoothly, other years were “less than stellar”, with one thing or another popping up to derail my best laid plans.
Time for Teacher Prep
Whatever kind of first day I had, it set the tone for the rest of the week and beyond, and it usually came down to one thing: preparation (or lack thereof…kind of when I get lazy with my meal prepping routine).
While there is no such thing as “perfect preparation”, the better prepared I was (getting organized, coming in a few days early to get my room together, getting enough rest during that last week of summer), the better the back-to-school experience was for me – AND for my students.
One important way we can prepare for the big day is with prayer.
Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. Jeremiah 29:12
What Can We Pray For?
When the back-to-school season arrives, we can pray for ourselves as teachers embarking on all the new challenges we are about to face (especially in light of the mountain of mandates they throw our way every year).
We can pray for our students. After all, they are nervous and excited all at the same time, adjusting to new friends, new routines, and sometimes a new school.
We can also pray for the other teachers and staff on our campuses, so that everyone works together to create a climate for optimal teaching and learning.
I’ve put together 3 short sample prayers, but of course you should pray as you feel led. Save this page and revisit it often, or anytime you feel sucked in by all the craziness the school year brings and feel like you need a reminder of who is really in control. 🙂
A Teacher’s Back-to-school Prayer:
Lord, thank you for the gift of teaching! Equip me to teach with WISDOM and with TRUTH, and empower me to teach with VISION and with LOVE. Cover each child, teacher, and school in our nation and bless them abundantly. Let your light shine through all that I do so that every child knows your unselfish grace. I pray for leadership, guidance, patience, and strength, as I help my students explore, stretch, achieve, and grow!
A Prayer for All Students:
Lord, thank you for the unique gifts of every child as they transition into a new school year. Fill each student with fresh enthusiasm and a heart that is excited to learn and grow. Cover them with your enduring love, give them confidence and grade, and equip them with the ability to persevere through trials. Bless their teachers with wisdom, understanding, and a heart to serve, as they embark on the journey together!
A Prayer for Teachers & School
Thank you, Lord, for the teachers in my child’s life. I pray for your covering over them as they plan, instruct, counsel, challenge, listen, direct, and serve. Walk with them, and guide them through peace in moments of stress, and enable them to seek an understanding of each child in their care with a kind heart and a discerning spirit. I pray for physical, emotional, and spiritual blessings on the entire school staff, and for strong unity in school-family relationships, so that all children can learn, grow, and thrive!
I hope prayers like these will be a part of your back-to-school prep this year (or any time of year, really). Have a blessed new school year!
Pray these prayers over your new school year and if you enjoyed this post I would be humbled if you’d share with a friend!
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Teachers make a lasting difference for generations to come. Most likely, you’re able to look back with fondness for a particular teacher who encouraged you to dream big or helped you hone a specific skill. Perhaps your favorite teacher gently supported you as you struggled to grasp a certain concept and then cheered wildly for you when it finally ‘clicked.’
In many ways, teachers are a bright light, a friendly face, and a gentle guide. Day in and day out, they teach and mold the hearts and minds of our loved ones. The very least we can do is offer our support, respect, and prayers that they would remain strong in the Lord.
As we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week (May 8 – 12), let’s take a moment to lift up our kids’ teachers, grandchild’s teacher, our algebra-teaching sister, or even the neighbor next door who coaches the high school soccer team. Will you bow your head and join me in prayer?
A Prayer for Teachers
Grant our teachers an abundance of Your wisdom. Prepare their hearts to welcome and love our loved ones, and may we make sure to show them love and respect in return. Give them grace as they help students who aren’t thriving, courage to say what needs to be said, tools and knowledge on how and when to speak love, and strength when they feel weak. When they feel unseen, remind them that no moment goes unnoticed. They are shaping the future in one million small – yet incredibly important – ways every day. We are overwhelmed with gratitude for the gift of learning they share with our children. Bless them, Lord, and may they see even just a glimpse of how their faithfulness will forever impact generations to come.Amen.
A Teacher’s Prayer
Help me to be a fine teacher, to keep peace in the classroom, peace between my students and myself, to be kind and gentle to each and every one of my students. Help me to be merciful to my students, to balance mercy and discipline in the right measure for each student, to give genuine praise as much as possible, to give constructive criticism in a manner that is palatable to my students. Help me to remain conscientious enough to keep my lessons always interesting, to recognize what motivates each of my students, to accept my students’ limitations and not hold it against them. Help me not to judge my students too harshly, to be fair to all, to be a good role model, but most of all Lord help me to show your love to all of my students.
Amen. (written by Olga de Juana)
If you are a teacher, hold onto 1 Corinthians 15:58 and James 1:5.
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord’s work, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58 CSB
Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God—who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly—and it will be given to him. James 1:5 CSB
If you are a student, make it your aim to never lose sight of Proverbs 4:13.
Hold on to instruction; don’t let go. Guard it, for it is your life. Proverbs 4:13 CSB
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Kaitlyn Bouchillon is most often found with an iced coffee in one hand and a pen in the other. She’s the author of Even If Not: Living, Loving, and Learning in the in Between and works as a Virtual Assistant for Holley Gerth, Jennifer Dukes Lee and DaySpring (Woohoo!). You can connect with her on Instagram or at KaitlynBouchillon.com where she writes about how every story matters — including yours.
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