Short back to school prayer

short back to school prayer

Prayer is both a spiritual discipline and a holy habit. Sometimes a seasons of changing routines can break good habits or provide opportunity for start a positive new routine. That’s what I love about prayer calendars, especially for kids launching into a new year of school.

Our friends at Children’s Ministry Deals have posted this eye catching free printable calendar. It’s designed to get kids into a better prayer and quiet time routine as they learn to manage the new school calendar. It’s a free download on their website.

  • Download Back to School Prayer Calendar

To get this printable resource, you need to visit their site (click the link above) and select ADD TO CART. Then you’ll go through the easy checkout process, except you don’t need to enter payment details because the item is free. I love it when leading curriculum publishers offer freebies like this online!

This is an item that’s been on their website for a few years. They have kept it free but updated it each year after reader feedback and to keep it fresh. It’s a solid resource. I could imagine Christian teachers sharing this in their classroom or church leaders handing this out in their family ministry. This would be a great add-on to any of our free lesson plans about prayer.

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short back to school prayer

It’s that time of year again – time for us moms to buy our kids fresh new school supplies, time to purchase exciting new curriculum and books for the upcoming school year, and don’t forget that amazing new fall wardrobe that will be way too warm to wear for another couple of months. 😀

These are just a few of the basic essentials that our children need when heading back to school – whether it’s homeschool, public school, or private school.

But let’s not forget the most important essential for our kids: prayer.

Nothing can take the place of a mother covering her children in prayer on a consistent basis.

James 5:16 (AMP) says, “The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man {or mom} makes tremendous power available – dynamic in its working.”

Whose prayers will be more earnest and heartfelt for your children than your own?

A couple of years ago, I wrote the following Scripture-based prayers to help moms (and dads) pray over their children. (Homeschool moms, if you’d like the whole shebang, then click here for the Ultimate List of Prayers for Your Homeschool.)

Whether you educate your children at home or send them off to school each day, the following prayers will be a good starting point.

10 Back-to-School Prayers for Your Kids

Please Note: This is not a legalistic list of prayers you must pray every day. Instead, it is meant to give you a scripturally sound springboard for praying over your own kids.

Remember that the Greater One lives inside you (1 John 4:4).  He knows your children and the situations they face each day, and He has all the answers. Never ever ignore or disregard His leading, His wisdom, or His inspiration by praying out of your own knowledge and mental ability. Always acknowledge His lordship and guidance.

Take these scriptural prayers, along with the leading of the Holy Spirit, and pray them over your children as often as you feel led.

1. Learning
Father, I pray that You help our children to grasp hold of what they need to know and learn. I ask You to give them the aptitude for understanding and wisdom. Thank You that they have the mind of Christ and that their memory is blessed. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. (Daniel 1:17, 20 AMP; 1 Corinthians 2:16 KJV; Proverbs 10:7 KJV)

2. Knowledge & Understanding
Father, I ask You to help my children become well versed in every branch of learning, gifted with knowledge and good sense, and to be quick to understand. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. (Daniel 1:4 NLT, NKJ)

3. Wisdom & Discernment
Father, I pray that my children become skillful in all wisdom and discernment, and competent to stand and serve in places of leadership and authority. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. (Daniel 1:4 AMP)

4. Ability
Father, I ask You to give my children ability, understanding, intelligence, and knowledge. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. (Exodus 31:3 AMP)

5. Favor
Father, just as Jesus grew in favor with You and with man, I ask that my children would grow in favor with You and with man. I thank You that they are surrounded with Your favor everywhere they go. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. (Luke 2:52 NIV; Psalm 5:12 NIV)

6. Strength
Father, I pray that my children will realize and understand that they can do all things through Christ who strengthens them. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. (Philippians 4:13 KJV)

7. Peace
Father, I pray that all my children will be disciples taught of You and obedient to Your will, and that their peace and undisturbed composure will be great. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. (Isaiah 54:13 AMP)

8. No Fear
Father, I ask you to help my children realize that You have not given them a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. (2 Timothy 1:7 KJV)

9. Safety & Protection
Father, I thank You that my children dwell in the secret place of the Most High and abide under the shadow of the Almighty. You are their refuge, their fortress, their God, in You will they trust. No evil shall befall them, neither shall any plague come near their dwelling. You give Your angels charge over them to keep them in all their ways. They call upon You and You answer them. You are with them in trouble and deliver them. With long life You satisfy them and show them Your salvation! In Jesus’ Name, Amen. (Psalm 91 KJV)

10. Godly Friendships/Relationships
Father, I ask You for godly, loyal friends for my children. Friends who love purity, who are pure in heart, and gracious in speech, friends that will sharpen them and love them at all times. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. (Proverbs 17:17 KJV, NLT; Proverbs 22:11 AMP; Proverbs 27:17 KJV)

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Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. (First Thessalonians 5:11, NIV)

When I was in first grade, my teacher Mrs. True made an announcement that would forever change my life.

“We’re having a poetry contest this week,” she said, “so use today and tomorrow to come up with your best poem.” We had just studied the various types of poems, and I decided I really liked the ones that rhymed.

As my classmates wrote about their parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters, I carefully crafted the words to my poem: “I Love Penny.” Penny was my 7-year-old wiener dog and my best friend in the whole world. My poem went a little something like this: “Penny is my very best friend. I’ll love her to the very end. She’s a very special wiener dog. I love her though she smells like a hog…”

OK, so I wasn’t exactly a first grade Dr. Seuss, but my poem was good enough to win first prize. (I guess the other first grade poets were really bad.) At any rate, I won a few sparkly pencils and the honor of going first in the lunch line. Mrs. True also displayed my poem in the front of the room for all to see. I felt very special.

​Little did Mrs. True know that her lesson on poetry and subsequent contest was a turning point in my life. After winning that writing contest I thought to myself, “Hey, I am actually good at something…maybe I should do more of this writing stuff.” And, so I did. 

I started writing all the time. I wrote poems about every member of my family. I wrote short stories about two squirrels named Frank and Millie. I even became the editor of my elementary school newspaper, “The Panther Paw.” And all the while, Mrs. True was cheering me on.

Today, when I make appearances for “Young Author’s Day” at elementary schools and read my children’s books to the students, I am always asked two questions: “How old are you?” (which I quickly skip over) and “When did you become a writer?” Without missing a beat I always answer, “In first grade…when Mrs. True taught me about poetry, and I won a contest for a poem about my big, fat wiener dog.”

Teachers make such an impact on who we become as adults. They have a voice into our young, eager hearts, and that voice may be the only one that offers an encouraging word. I’m so thankful for Mrs. True and for teachers like her who challenge young people to follow their dreams.

Though I am not a teacher in the school system, I often teach at writers’ conferences, and I always ask God to help me be a “Mrs. True” in someone’s life. Offering an encouraging word at the right time can be life-changing for someone. Why not be a “Mrs. True” in somebody’s life today?

Let’s pray for our teachers as they start back to school:

Father, thank You for Godly teachers in our schools. Bless them, Lord, and help them to be encouraged today, just knowing that they are making a difference in so many lives. As this new school year begins, Lord, I ask that You wrap Your loving arms around them and give them grace, patience, love and wisdom for their best school year yet. In the Mighty Name of Jesus, Amen.

Adapted from Heavenly Humor for the Teacher’s Soul (Barbour Books 2011)

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short back to school prayer

It’s that time of year again – time for us moms to buy our kids fresh new school supplies, time to purchase exciting new curriculum and books for the upcoming school year, and don’t forget that amazing new fall wardrobe that will be way too warm to wear for another couple of months. 😀

These are just a few of the basic essentials that our children need when heading back to school – whether it’s homeschool, public school, or private school.

But let’s not forget the most important essential for our kids: prayer.

Nothing can take the place of a mother covering her children in prayer on a consistent basis.

James 5:16 (AMP) says, “The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man {or mom} makes tremendous power available – dynamic in its working.”

Whose prayers will be more earnest and heartfelt for your children than your own?

A couple of years ago, I wrote the following Scripture-based prayers to help moms (and dads) pray over their children. (Homeschool moms, if you’d like the whole shebang, then click here for the Ultimate List of Prayers for Your Homeschool.)

Whether you educate your children at home or send them off to school each day, the following prayers will be a good starting point.

10 Back-to-School Prayers for Your Kids

Please Note: This is not a legalistic list of prayers you must pray every day. Instead, it is meant to give you a scripturally sound springboard for praying over your own kids.

Remember that the Greater One lives inside you (1 John 4:4).  He knows your children and the situations they face each day, and He has all the answers. Never ever ignore or disregard His leading, His wisdom, or His inspiration by praying out of your own knowledge and mental ability. Always acknowledge His lordship and guidance.

Take these scriptural prayers, along with the leading of the Holy Spirit, and pray them over your children as often as you feel led.

1. Learning
Father, I pray that You help our children to grasp hold of what they need to know and learn. I ask You to give them the aptitude for understanding and wisdom. Thank You that they have the mind of Christ and that their memory is blessed. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. (Daniel 1:17, 20 AMP; 1 Corinthians 2:16 KJV; Proverbs 10:7 KJV)

2. Knowledge & Understanding
Father, I ask You to help my children become well versed in every branch of learning, gifted with knowledge and good sense, and to be quick to understand. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. (Daniel 1:4 NLT, NKJ)

3. Wisdom & Discernment
Father, I pray that my children become skillful in all wisdom and discernment, and competent to stand and serve in places of leadership and authority. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. (Daniel 1:4 AMP)

4. Ability
Father, I ask You to give my children ability, understanding, intelligence, and knowledge. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. (Exodus 31:3 AMP)

5. Favor
Father, just as Jesus grew in favor with You and with man, I ask that my children would grow in favor with You and with man. I thank You that they are surrounded with Your favor everywhere they go. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. (Luke 2:52 NIV; Psalm 5:12 NIV)

6. Strength
Father, I pray that my children will realize and understand that they can do all things through Christ who strengthens them. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. (Philippians 4:13 KJV)

7. Peace
Father, I pray that all my children will be disciples taught of You and obedient to Your will, and that their peace and undisturbed composure will be great. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. (Isaiah 54:13 AMP)

8. No Fear
Father, I ask you to help my children realize that You have not given them a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. (2 Timothy 1:7 KJV)

9. Safety & Protection
Father, I thank You that my children dwell in the secret place of the Most High and abide under the shadow of the Almighty. You are their refuge, their fortress, their God, in You will they trust. No evil shall befall them, neither shall any plague come near their dwelling. You give Your angels charge over them to keep them in all their ways. They call upon You and You answer them. You are with them in trouble and deliver them. With long life You satisfy them and show them Your salvation! In Jesus’ Name, Amen. (Psalm 91 KJV)

10. Godly Friendships/Relationships
Father, I ask You for godly, loyal friends for my children. Friends who love purity, who are pure in heart, and gracious in speech, friends that will sharpen them and love them at all times. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. (Proverbs 17:17 KJV, NLT; Proverbs 22:11 AMP; Proverbs 27:17 KJV)

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