Back to school has looked different the last few years. With so much uncertainty in our world, it is more important now than ever before to cover our family in prayer. While yes there is sickness, evil, violence, and bullying out there, we serve a BIG God, who spoke the universe into existence with a word. Let’s not forget that truth!
Back to school normally leaves me with mixed feelings, but in the last few years, it has felt so much bigger. New nerves, new things to consider. Anyone else?
As a mother, I’ve quickly learned I can’t control everything about my children’s lives, but one thing I know to be true is prayer changes things.
We can’t control the world right now, but we can pray. And we can go to God’s throne of grace and intercede for our children.
In this post, you will find two weeks’ worth of POWERFUL prayers. Pray before school starts or on the first day. Either way, praying God’s word over your family is essential.
These scriptures and prayers are a guide. Pray how the Holy Spirit leads you! Also, feel free to add in your children’s names or their teachers’ names specifically.
2 Weeks of POWERFUL Back to School Prayers
Use these back-to-school prayers as a guide to pray over your children’s upcoming school year.
Before we start, if you sign up for our email list, you’ll receive a hard copy of these prayers along with four additional prayers! You can print the prayer guide and pray it throughout the school year. Sign up below.
Prayer 1: Protection Over Our Kids
Scripture: But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever. Spread your protection over them, that all who love your name may be filled with joy. Psalm 5:11
Thank you, Lord that as we sing your praises you are spreading your divine protection over our children. Watch over their coming and going. You said you will rescue us from every trap and protect us from deadly disease (psalm 91 verse 3). We declare that over our house, over our children. No evil will touch us. As we come and go, bring us all home safely each day.
Prayer 2: Give Strength to Our Teachers
Scripture: I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being. Ephesians 3:16 NIV
We thank you for our children’s teachers! We pray you would strengthen them with your power this school year. Give them guidance on instruction, strength to complete all the tasks, and energy to joyfully interact with their students. God give them efficiency as they work. May they find times of rest and if they do not know you, make yourself known to them this school year.
If you are your children’s teacher this year: Thank you Lord for your strength. Give me wisdom from Heaven on how to instruct my children this year. Give me the strength to complete all the tasks and to joyfully teach my children. They are gifts from Heaven and I thank you for your unending grace this school year.
Prayer 3: Building Good Friendships
Scripture: As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. Proverbs 27:17
Jesus thank you for friends! Thank you that you created us to be in a relationship with you and each other. We pray our children would build kind friendships this school year. Friendships where they build each other up and sharpen one another. Give unique ways to build community and provide us with divine appointments with other families.
Prayer 4: Show Our Kids the Right Path
Scripture: Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. Psalms 25:4 NLT
Heavenly Father, show our children the right path this school year. May they not be influenced by the unwise, but seek your purposes in all things. Guide their choices. Show us the right path as a family. That we would place our time and energy on the things you want us to invest in.
Prayer 5: Give Our Children Hearts for Learning
Scripture: Intelligent people are always ready to learn. Their ears are open for knowledge. Proverbs 18:15 NLT
Lord give our children a thirst for knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. May their hearts be ready to learn this year, at home, school, and church. Open their ears, may they crave knowledge and seek it out.
Prayer 6: Prayer for Common Sense and Insight
Scripture: Common sense and success belong to me. Insight and strength are mine. Proverbs 8:14
We claim your promises today Lord, that common sense and success belong to our children. Throughout their days give them insight beyond their years. In any situation they face, may they use sound judgment. We thank you that you have given us a sound mind!
Prayer 7: Finding Purpose
Scripture: But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations. Psalms 33:11 NIV
Thank you Jesus that your plans stand firm forever! We pray you would reveal your purposes to our children. Show our children and their teachers the gifts and talents you have placed inside their hearts. Point our kids toward the road you ordained for their lives.
Prayer 8: To Be a Kind Friend
Scripture: Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12 NIV
Heavenly Father, we thank you for your lovingkindness toward us. We pray our children would clothe themselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience this year. May they stand up against the bullies, speaking life to each other at all times. Guide us as their parents to encourage kindness and patience in their hearts. As we plant these seeds Lord make them grow!
Prayer 9: Accepting Correction
Scripture: Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life. Proverbs 19:20
Dear Jesus, give our children hears to accept instruction. Give them the desire to learn from the wise and to accept correction. Soften their hearts so they can gain knowledge from their teachers (and parents) and respect the teacher throughout the day.
Prayer 10: For Unspeakable Joy
Scripture: I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! John 15:11
Draw our children to you and as they rejoice in your love fill them with unspeakable joy. May they find joy in the little things throughout the school day and delight in learning.
So there it is! Two weeks worth of back-to-school prayers. You can always repeat the prayers throughout the month or add your own.
Now I’d love to hear from you! Do you pray specific prayers for your kids throughout the school year?
Although I wrote these for back-to-school prayers, you can pray them any time of year.
P.S. If you sign up for our email list you’ll receive a hard copy with 4 additional prayers! You can print the prayer guide and pray it throughout the school year. Sign up below!