I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. (1 Timothy 2:1-2)
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (2 Chron 7:14)
Pray for the students from preschool to college. Pray that God will grant them a passion and grace to learn new things.
Ask the Lord to give each student the right teachers for individual learning style and needs. Believe that God can line things up perfectly for all children, so that they might eventually find their destinies.
Pray for the safety and health of each student.
Pray that each student excels academically.
Pray for students to experience God’s presence, purpose and peace during the school year.
Pray that the Lord will place students in the perfect classroom environment, whether public school, private school or homeschool.
Pray that bullying of any kind will be dealt with strongly and stopped immediately. Ask the Lord to raise up counselors in the schools who are equipped to provide compassion to bullied students, as well as anti-bullying education to the students and teachers.
Principals and Teachers
Pray that each principal would know how to care for their teachers, students and staff, preparing with wisdom to achieve academic success.
Pray for each teacher to see the unique gifts and talents within every child and the wisdom to know how to cultivate and strengthen those gifts. If you know one or more teachers, pray for them by name.
Pray for the teachers to have patience, grace, love for their students, and a love of teaching! Pray that their enthusiasm flows down to the students entrusted to them for this school year.
Ask the Lord to raise up more Christians as teachers and leaders in the education system.
Pray for the safety and health of every teacher.
Pray for Superintendent of schools as they work to form the strategic plans and goals within our area.
Pray for our administrators to see the unique gifts in each teacher in our schools and for the wisdom to know how to use them. If you know one or more administrators, pray for them by name.
Pray for the school board members – that they would indeed be a model of effective leadership. May God fill them all with special grace, wisdom and a during this school year. May His presence surround them in tangible and unmistakable ways.
Pray for unity with all the board members. Pray for Godly wisdom to make decisions that will support teachers in their efforts to work with our children.
Lift the administrators of your local schools to the Lord, from the secretaries and principals to the school boards and superintendents.
Decree that the policies of your school district’s administrators will not discriminate against Christian children and families, but rather that Christians will be welcome. Pray that children can pray freely and read and study the Bible openly without repercussions.
Ask the Lord to pour out His love and compassion on the schools and help cultivate an environment where learning is fun, challenging and safe on a day to day basis.
Pray for all who workers on campuses that they are blessed as they serve students and teachers.
Pray for parents as they consider their choices for their child’s education for the fall. Ask God for wisdom as they make the decision to send their children to public school, private school, Christian school, or home school.
We have many home school families in our community. Pray that these families would have a very successful launch of their new school year and that each family would grow in their knowledge of Christ.
Pray for the families in our community to be committed to educating their children in ways that please the Lord, whether in a home schooling program or in public/private schools. Pray for families to look to the Lord for their foundation and guidance.
Pray for parents to be committed and involved in assisting the schools with education and discipline of the students.
As the state and federal officials meet, pray that God would give them wisdom and compassion so that they only craft public policy that benefits all children.
Pray that they may have the wisdom to only consider policies that trust local school boards to be responsible for governing our schools.
Praying Your Child Off to School
Many of these prayers center on the hope that our children will be brave and stand tall and proud in their faith this year.
Join me in praying over our children throughout this school year, and encouraging them to act on their faith with boldness.
A – Afraid (Psalm 27:1) “Please impress upon my children’s hearts, that You desire to be their light and salvation and the strength of their life. With You, they do not need to be afraid.”
B – Boldness (Proverbs 28:1) “May my children be bold as lions and always know that the righteous are safe within Your will.”
C – Courage (Joshua 1:9) “Please fill my children with strength and courage. Help them know that courage and integrity will protect them. Allow them to choose to do the right thing, even when others do not.”
D – Defense (1 Peter 3:15) “Go with them, Jesus. Help them to spend time with You in their private life so that they always have an answer to those who ask of the hope within them. May they always give a grace-filled answer.”
E – Eternal (Ephesians 3:11-12) “Make known to my children Your eternal purpose accomplished through Christ. You can provide them boldness and confidence through your eternal plan.”
F – Faith (Ephesians 6:16) “Help my children to daily take up the shield of faith, so that they can defend themselves from the fiery darts of the enemy.”
G – Gird (Ephesians 6:14) “Allow them to gird their waist with Your truth. We live in a world with no absolutes. Help them never to compromise the truth found in Your Holy Word.”
H – Helper (Hebrews 13:6) “Heavenly Father, be my children’s Helper right this very moment. Help them to know that with You, they don’t have to fear.”
I – If (Romans 8:31) “As my children may question their strength at times, help them to know that You are for them and no one can stand against them.”
J – Jesus (Hebrews 10:19) “Because of Your blood, Jesus. All because of Your blood on the cross. As my children enter and walk the halls of their school, may they know that any good in their life comes from the perfect and complete work on the cross.”
K – Kindness (Ephesians 2:7) “May kindness be what my children are known for. Because of the kindness You first showed them through salvation, may they always be kind to others, especially the children that are left out. May they always include others and never bully others.”
L – Lusts (Titus 2:12) “Help my children to deny ungodly behavior and worldly lusts.”
M – Marvel (Acts 4:13) “May others marvel because of my children’s choice to obey God rather than man. May they see a difference in my children, because they’ve spent time with Jesus.”
N – Noble (Philippians 4:8) “Please fill my children’s minds with things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, and of good report.”
O – The One (Deuteronomy 31:8) “You are the One true God. You are the one who goes before my children and prepares their steps. Please be with them even now and empower them.”
P – Pray (1 Thessalonians 5:17) “Help my children to know that prayer changes everything. Help them to always know, they can talk to You at any moment.”
Q – Quench (1 Thessalonians 5:18-19) “Please show my children that their power and strength comes from living a life of walking in the Spirit. Help them not to quench Your Spirit’s power in their life.”
R – Rock (1 Samuel 2:2) “When my children need strength to stand, help them to know that there is no one holy like You, oh God. There is no rock like You, Jesus.”
S – Stand Fast (1 Corinthians 16:13) “Help my children have the strength to be a leader. When others are choosing to do evil, may my children stand fast, have faith, and be brave.”
T – Take Up (Ephesians 6:13) “Help them to take up the whole armor of God. Please help them learn throughout their life, that spending time with You will give them boldness and strength.”
U – Utterance (Ephesians 6:19-20) “Cause my children to be confident to open their mouths boldly about Your greatness. Please give them great pride in Your amazing power and love. If they boast, may it be in You alone.”
V – Victory (1 Corinthians 15:57) “Please remind my children that the victory has already been won through Your Son, Jesus Christ.”
W – Wait (Psalm 27:14) “Help my children to learn that waiting on You will give them strength and courage.”
X – X-Rated (Psalm 119:37) “Please help my children to turn away from looking at any worthless thing. Protect my children’s eyes from sexual sin and immorality.”
Y – Youth (1 Timothy 4:12) “Empower my children as they go through their day. Help them to know that You love children and don’t want anyone to despise them. Let them be an example to others of what You can do through them.”
Z – Zealous (Titus 2:14) “Please help my children to run from evil and despise it, and be zealous of good works.”