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15 Powerful Back to School Prayers

Back-to-school season means it is time to ramp up those Back to School Prayers for our children and educators!

As summer disappears, that bittersweet time of year is creeping up on us once again.

While we all have mixed feelings about rushing back to school, it’s a great time to prepare our students not just materially, but also spiritually.

Beginning a new school year can be exciting or stressful for students. The excitement comes in for all the possibilities ahead, yet, not all students envision a great time of fellowship with friends. 

Many children find themselves with strong emotions of stress, anxiety, and fear of their future classroom.

Utilizing these Back to School Prayers will guide students and parents with peace.

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The Importance of Praying Over a New School Year

Why is it so important to pray over a new school year? There are so many reasons to include but I’ll list the basics.

In 1962, the Supreme Court revoked school-sponsored prayers as unconstitutional. Most children in the United States go to a public school – in fact, 90% or 50 million children go to a state-sponsored school. 

That means most American children are being raised without the Bible or prayers in their schools. What has happened since prayer was taken out of school? 

Over the years, the absence of school prayer has been linked to many issues in the classroom today – from school shootings to drugs and sex-related teaching.

This is why it’s so important we intentionally pray for our kids to give them strength and courage as they tackle ungodly issues in their classroom. 

Back to School Prayer Points

Here are some Back to School Prayer Points to consider when conversing with God.

It’s not just students we need to pray for, administration and those in leadership need discernment and wisdom to guide them in making the right decisions. 

Are you looking for some tools and tips to boost your prayer life? If so, be sure to visit our Prayer Resources Library where you’ll find everything you need to become a powerful prayer warrior!

Back to School Prayers

As the new school year approaches (and once it has begun) use these simple, yet powerful back-to-school prayers to pray over your children, their teachers, and anyone else involved in the school day/process.

Back to School Prayer for Students

The most important gift for our students is a Back to School Prayer. The temptations and trials they face each and every day can be a struggle and strength is key to their survival.

Dear Heavenly Father, We praise your name for your goodness and mercy with our kids.

As they begin their journey back to school, we ask for protection and guidance as they make new friends and long lasting relationships. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Back to School Prayer for Teachers

Teachers have a lot to manage – misbehaved kids, too many in a classroom, and the varying levels of education.

Saying a prayer for our teachers will give them calm and clarity as they teach new students with a variety of abilities. 

Dear Lord, We are so thankful for your wisdom and guidance in our daily lives. We ask a special prayer for our teachers who have the world on their shoulders.

We ask that you give them wisdom during their teaching, discernment during misbehavior, and patience as they deal with different levels of abilities. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Back to School Prayer for Custodial Staff

The maintenance team at every school has a lot of physical and dirty work to complete. Let’s think of them as they clean up after dirty messes and yucky fluids! 

Dear Abba, Your tender mercies are with us each and every day! We ask for your special guidance and peace as the custodial staff at our school cleans up after messy kids.

Help them to make wise decisions and keep them focused on their jobs with contentment and peace. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Back to School Prayer for Friends

One of the biggest stresses and struggles for kids is making loyal friends.

Many kids dread going to lunch by themselves; many students are terribly frightened of rejection and embarrassment.

Let’s pray that our children find good friends that are encouraging and strong in their faith.

Lord, One of our biggest concerns with our kids is developing relationships that are not godly or good for them.

We ask that our kids connect with those of similar faith and are strong in their convictions. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Back to School Prayer for Protection

Our kids need protection from evil and ill intentions more than ever. Drugs are running rampant in schools, kids can be cruel, and corrupt teaching can cause a lot of pain and multiple issues.

Violence in schools has also increased in the past few years.

Pray to ask God to wrap His mighty arms of protection around them and protect them throughout the day.

Dear God, Our kids will be inundated with bad things throughout their time at school.

I ask for special protection that keeps them safe from anyone who might try to harm them. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Back to School Prayer for Healthy Students

There are so many illnesses that our children can catch, whether it’s the flu, covid, or a nasty cold. Let’s ask God to keep our kids healthy and safe from airborne illnesses. 

Lord, There are so many diseases that are transmitted when the school year begins because kids are in such close proximity to each other.

I pray you to shield our children from these diseases so they can be healthy and focus on their learning. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Back to School Prayer for Wisdom

Wisdom is not gained lightly – reading the Bible is how you obtain wisdom and discernment.

Pray that teachers seek God’s wisdom in how they instruct our children. But also pray for our children to have God’s wisdom in order to discern what is from God and what is not.

Read the Bible to your children, stress the importance of reading every day, and always quote scripture throughout the day to make the biggest impact in their lives. 

Almighty God, As our children head back to school, grant them wisdom to make the correct choices, even when it’s hard.

Help them to be wise and win the favor of both their peers and you. We pray that they trust and have faith in your ways.

I pray for our teachers and educators to seek your wisdom and not their own as they teach our kids through the day. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.  

Back to School Prayer for Peace

Peace is not a word we think about when our kids go to school. But there is so much that can bring anxiety to our kids when they leave home and head out to school.

Praying for peace is definitely something we can do to offset their anxieties.

Our God is the God of peace so pray for our children and school officials to find peace throughout the day.

Lord, We ask for peace for all of the students and faculty heading back to school. Concerns arise with parents wondering if the schools are safe.

Please, Lord, your mercies are needed as we transition from the summer to education and ask for peace and protection from harm. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Back to School Prayer for Prayer Lockers

Brianna from Alabama started a locker that held coveted prayers from students. This idea should be trending, and it’s time to pray for students to lead in prayer and godly thinking.

Dear Heavenly Father, We ask for leadership in our schools to rise and make use of the field of unbelievers.

Prayer lockers would be wonderful in our school and we ask that you raise one brave soul to lead in prayer requests. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Back to School Prayer for Christian Leadership

Speaking of bold believers, our Christian leadership needs to rise up and take the lead on pressing issues that affect our schools.

Prayer and reading the Bible is taboo for many in our educational system, and this needs to change. 

Dear Lord, We ask for tender mercies with our students as they go back to school. Help Christian leadership to thrive and survive the tyranny of ungodly people in our public school system.

Give them the boldness and strength they need to carry on your agenda. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

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Back to School Prayer for Spiritual Revival

Spiritual revival is so needed not only in our schools, but the entire nation.

Having a spiritual leader to guide our young students into salvation is imperative for kids in growing and learning in the Word. 

Dear Heavenly Father, We ask for a spiritual awakening in our schools as we head off to the new year. We know if souls get saved, a revival is occurring.

We ask that you guide our leaders to be bold and bright for Jesus’ way. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Back to School Prayer for Salvation with Staff

In many schools, our leadership lacks discernment and wisdom that only comes from the Lord.

We can ask the Lord for salvation across our schools with the staff who provide for the needs of our kids. 

Dear Lord, What a wonderful day it would be for the salvation of many of the staff in our schools!

Your will would be done and we’d see so many godly changes in our classrooms. Lord, we pray for your will to be done. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Back to School Prayer for Bible Study Groups

Wouldn’t it be wonderful for students to lead in Bible Studies at our schools?

We need to ask the Lord for more Christian leadership with our students to rise up and take a bold stand for the Lord. 

Dear Lord, We ask for your guidance and direction on for kids leading Bible Study groups. A spiritual awakening would occur if we can get the word out at an early age about your amazing love for them.

Thank you for the privilege to serve you as we look for strong believers in our schools. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Back to School Prayer for Bible in School

If we can get Bibles into kids’ hands, they’ll find the answers they’re looking for.

How can we get Bibles in our schools? Prayer.

It is the best gift we can give to all of those involved in teaching in our educational system. 

Dear God, We ask for your precious Word to be prevalent in our schools across the nation. Your Word is music to our ears and light to our eyes.

Thank you, Lord, for your wonderful messages. We ask that your Word be received well by our students and staff. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

What else can you pray for in your schools? Are there specific needs that concern you? Take it to the Lord in prayer.

The school system can be a lion’s den for little believers and we must equip our children to be brave and fight for what’s right. Guide them in the right direction and they will follow.

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