Back to School Prayers for Students – Let the New 2023 Academic Year be Safe for Kids and Teachers!

by Stephanie Yankova

The first day of school can be a nerve-racking experience for children especially if they are stepping into their first year of primary education. Tackling the whirlwind of emotions during this day can be difficult, and the courage of prayer is well-needed! Channel the Lord’s power and bless your little beloved with these back to school prayers for students! Download our lovely images for free, or copy the text and send it to your child to give them a boost of courage for the first day of school! 

Back to School Prayers for Students

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Dear God, we pray for your blessing and favor today over our teachers, our kids, and our schools. Please allow your face to shine on them today, be gracious to them Lord. Fill them with your Spirit and light; and give them peace in every circumstance. We know that every gift and blessing come straight from your hand. We will not take it for granted. Remind us today of your great love and care over all those we love. We thank you, Lord, that you work powerfully on our behalf, and we commit our ways to you. May each purpose and plan you have for our teachers, succeed, flourish, and prosper in every way. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. (Debbie McDaniel)

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Encouraging Back to School Prayer for Children

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God, it’s hard to let go of our kids, and send them out into a world that is so unstable and so volatile. But You are bigger than all of our worries. You are bigger than our worst fears. Send Your Holy Spirit to quicken in our hearts as we seek You in Your Word and pray to You for comfort. Remind us that our children are Your children, and that You love them infinitely more than we do. You love us, and them, so much that You sent Your Son Jesus to die on a cross. In the most cruel way to die, the Savior of the World hung there for us. For all of us. My we always cling to the cross for our hope, and light the path for our children to, as well. (Meg Bucher)

Short Back to School Prayer for Comfort and Ease

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Lord, give ____________ a keen awareness of your presence with them today so when they feel nervous or afraid, they know you are with them.

First Day of School Prayer

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Heavenly Father, my child has a new teacher, new class, and a whole new world of learning ahead. Please guide them as they transition to public school for the first time. May You give them confidence to make friends and be part of this new environment. Help them stay focused on their studies, seeking knowledge and wisdom to form a solid foundation for their future success. Keep them safe from bullying and bad influences as they learn and grow. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Back to School Prayer for Children with Special Needs

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Compassionate Father, my child is different from other children in ways that some might not understand, but You do. Please help me to be patient in working with the staff and teachers as I navigate this new path of teaching my child with special needs. I pray for spiritual growth and positive development, so my child can reach their full potential in life. Please grant them the skills to communicate clearly and confidently. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

First Day of School Prayer for Joy and Passion

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Father, I pray each child finds some form of joy as they come to school each day. And that they become passionate about something. It could be science, art, music, math, reading – anything. I just pray that each child is provided an environment that promotes and fosters a joyful and passionate outlook for each student. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Back to School Prayer for Compassion, Love and Forgiveness

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Father, I pray that each child is full of love and compassion for others. That they always seek to put others’ first and to forgive, not hate, when someone does them wrong. Teach them to always love and forgive others in the same way you love and forgive them. Amen.

Back to School Prayer for a Student’s Good Health

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Almighty God, You are the only source of true health and healing. In You, there is calm and the only real peace in the universe. Grant to each of our children this school year an awareness of your presence, and give them perfect confidence in you.

In all pain, weariness, and anxiety, help them to have faith in Your never-failing care, knowing that Your love and power surround us, trusting in Your wisdom and providence to give us health, strength, and peace when Your time is best, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Back to School Prayer to Help Children Make New Friends

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Lord Jesus, school can be a welcome place or a lonely experience for our students. Guide them as they seek to make new friends. Encourage the timid students and give them boldness and strength in knowing they are loved, unique, and created by You. To the insecure, grant confidence so they can be free to help others find the same assurance in You.

Guard our students from those who bully or tease because of their own insecurities. As iron sharpens iron, may they choose friends wisely, always asking You to lead them and guide them in their relationships. Help them to be slow to anger and quick to listen. You have promised to give wisdom when we ask, so prod them to speak up when their words can make a difference. Show our students how to bless their friends, to stand up for them, and to take the initiative in helping others in times of discouragement. Help them understand that friendship is a boomerang. Kindness and unselfishness given away will return to them as a blessing. And above all, may they always consider You, Lord, as their Best Friend. Amen. (Rebecca Barlow Jordan)

Back to School Prayer for Protection of Students

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Lord, I pray for Your emotional, physical, and spiritual protection over my kids (grandkids). Keep evil far from them, and help them to trust You as their refuge and strength. I pray You will guard their minds against harmful instruction and grant them discernment to recognize the truth. I pray You will make them strong and courageous in the presence of danger, recognizing that You have overcome and will set right all injustice and wrong one day. Help them find rest in Your shadow as they live in the spiritual shelter You provide them. Let them know that the only safe place is in Jesus and that their home on earth is only temporary. (2 Thessalonians 3:3; Psalm 46:1; John 17:15; Psalm 91)

First Day of School Prayer for Courage and Perspective

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Lord, I pray that our kids (grandkids) will develop an eternal perspective and purpose, not an earthly one. Help them to see life–and every challenge–through Your eyes, eager and unafraid to share with others the good news of Jesus wherever they go.

I pray that they will set their minds on things above, not just what’s going on here, and that they will be rooted and grounded in Your love. Help them to understand how much You Love them, and that Your love surpasses all the head knowledge they will acquire in school. I pray they will be filled up with You from morning ’til night. (Galatians 2:20; Matthew 28:18-20; Philippians 1:21; Colossians 3:1-2; Ephesians 3:17-20)

Back to School Prayer to Help Boost a Student’s Self-Esteem

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Lord, may you bless my son/daughter with the spirit of gratitude. I know that these decades of decisions can be especially difficult. Will you help me teach them that self-esteem comes when they recognize their own unique gifts and abilities, while also being confident enough to reach out for help when needed. And that an attitude of gratitude will make their life even more beautiful. Help my child understand and look to you as a source of strength, hope, and love. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Back to School Prayer from Parents to Teachers

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Dear Lord, I pray for [child’s teacher]. Please guide him/her this year as he/she prepares to help my child learn. I pray that You would keep him/her healthy and clear of mind. I also pray that the kids in the class would have good behavior so that [teacher name] can focus on imparting knowledge and wisdom. I also pray for the proper subject matter to be given to my child. In the name of Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Back to School Prayer for a Daughter

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Heavenly Father, I dedicate my daughter to you. I ask you give her wisdom to make the right choices. Father, she won’t be prey to anyone. I pray you keep her safe, and also open up her mind to grab what they teach her. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Back to School Prayer for a Son

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Father in heaven, I lift my son to you. He is about to go back to school. I cannot always watch him. I pray you watch over him for me. I ask that you grant him divine understanding. Harm will not come his way. In the name of Jesus, Amen!

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