Are there any other moms out there struggling with anxiety for the new school year?
As we are entering our first official school year (kindergarten), I want to make sure my daughter is PRAYED UP.
Whether your kids are in public school, private school, or homeschool, here are 10 back to school prayers to pray for your kids!
Praying Powerful Back To School Prayers For Your Kids
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My daughter will actually be starting kindergarten in the fall, so these prayers I am holding near and dear to my heart!
We are doing a part-time Christian school and homeschool combination, which is such an answer to prayer in general. And I’m not gonna stop there!
We want to make sure we are praying our kids UP. The things they are facing and dealing with these days are almost hard to believe, except we know that the days are growing more and more evil.
It’s shocking, but not surprising, according to God’s Word.
But we still want to cover our kids’ in prayer whether they are in public school, private school, homeschool, or co-op; no matter whether they are kindergarteners or seniors in high school.
These back to school prayers with scriptures included are great to pray leading up to school, during school, and even praying them with your kids is so great!
On top of back to school prayers for your kids, I’ve also included some specific prayers for homeschooling families and teachers!
You can pray these with your kids and help teach them to pray prayers on their own as well!
That way, when they are facing trials and things this school year, they can remember these prayers and hide God’s Words in their heart.
There’s also a free printable back to school prayer sheet at the end for you to download!
Even if you don’t have kids, you can still pray these prayers and Bible verses over schools around you.
Keep reading to check out these mighty back to school prayers!
10 Back To School Prayers:
Without further ado, here are powerful back to school prayers you can pray over your kids, with scriptures to back them up!
*These Bible verses are taken from the NIV translation.
1. Prayer For Protection
“For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways…” Psalm 91:11 NIV
Father God, I lift up [name] to you right now. I ask that you would go before them and prepare the place for them. Protect them and keep them safe in your mighty hand. Protect them from any attack from the enemy, from physical injury, illness, and any attacks on their mind as well. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
2. Prayer For Courage
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” Ephesians 6:10 NIV
Heavenly Father, I ask that you would give [name] courage while they are at school. Help them to be strong in your mighty power, and give them the courage to do what’s right, knowing that they worship a living God who is active, and will help them in times when they need strength. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
3. Prayer For Compassion
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32 NIV
Lord, I lift up [name] to you right now. I pray that you fill [name] heart with compassion. Give them compassion for the people they will come in contact with at school – friends, teachers, classmates, etc. I ask that you would help [name] see these people through your eyes and show them the love of Jesus. I also ask for those working with and surrounding my child to have compassion as well. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
4. Prayer For Friendship
“Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” 1 Corinthians 15:33 NIV
Father God, I desire deeply for [name] to have good, godly friendships. I pray that you would surround them with those who love you and who will love my child, encourage them, sharpen them, uplift them and offer them your Word in times of need. I ask that you would help them form friendships that will last them a lifetime, and not let them be misled. Help them show love to everyone, but only let those who will stir up good works in them into their inner circle. I also ask that you would help [name] be a good friend to others as well. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
5. Prayer For Their Class/Classmates
“Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.” Hebrews 12:14 NIV
Father God, I ask that you would go before and prepare the classroom that [name] will be in. Help there to be peace and unity within their walls, so that your love and holiness may be shown. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
6. Prayer For Their Spiritual Growth
“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.” 2 Peter 3:18 NIV
Heavenly Father, please hear my heart for [name] as I petition for their spiritual growth. It is a personal decision that is between you and them, and I pray that they ultimately come to know you. I pray that you reveal your Holy Spirit to them and that they make you Lord over their life. I pray you would plant the seed, and help them grow in grace and knowledge of who you are God. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
7. Prayer For Integrity
“Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.” Proverbs 10:9 NIV
Father God, thank you for giving us your Word, and thank you that it is a lamp unto our feet and light for our path. I pray that [name] would walk in integrity while at school. Help them to seek what your Word says is right, and keep their focus on the path you have for them. Keep them secure in your love and the willingness to do what’s right no matter what. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
8. Prayer For Self-Esteem
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.” Jeremiah 17:7 NIV
Lord, I ask for your Holy Spirit to fill [name] with all the confidence they need, and know that their true worth is found in you. I pray their confidence and trust be in you alone and that the standards they strive for are those that you provide. Give them grace and peace and remind them of your great love for them. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
9. Prayer For Peer Pressure
“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night.” Psalms 1:1-2 NIV
Father God, my heart breaks for these kids. There is so much pressure to be everything – perfection, the way they look, the things they have… but your Word tells us to delight in YOU, God. I ask that you would help [name] mediate on your Word day and night, and walk in step with you. Keep them from falling into temptation and fill them with your comfort in times of loneliness. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
10. Prayer For The Physical Building
“The LORD will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” Psalm 121:7-8 NIV
Heavenly Father, I ask for a physical barrier of protection around [name] school. I ask that you would cover them with your mighty hand and keep them from harm. I know that there are so many things out of my control, and I surrender that fear to you. Keep their building safe and let your presence be known throughout. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
**If you are able to physically go to the school building, I would encourage you to do so and prayer walk around it! If you homeschool, go ahead and pray over your home throughout the year as well.
I wanted to include a couple of special prayers for homeschooling families and teachers!
Keep reading and feel free to pray any of these above scriptures for whatever your schooling looks like. 🙂
Back To School Prayer For Homeschool Families
We are doing a part-time homeschool this year, and it’s such a blessing being able to teach your kids about God and real life at home.
But, I know it can be tough and that’s why I wanted to include a special prayer for homeschooling families.
Father God, I lift up those families who homeschool to you right now. I ask that you would strengthen them, encourage them and uplift them. Make their time together teaching and loving their family so fruitful. Being able to instill godly things in your children from a young age during school time is such a blessing. I ask that you would remind those who need it, that this is a beautiful ministry, and what you have called us to do. Be with them as they decide the curriculum to use, and all that goes into planning. But ultimately, that you would unify their family. Amen.
Back To School Prayer For Teachers
I want to recognize all the teachers who pour into these kids on a daily basis and include a special prayer of love and strength for you.
Whether you teach in a private Christian school, public school, or homeschooling group, this prayer is for you. <3
Father God, thank you so much for teachers who are willing to give so much of themselves to teach children and show them your love. I ask that you would fill them, and help them to find their strength and peace in you. Fuel them Lord, and more important than the subject they teach, help them to share the Good News of you, Jesus, to these kids. In your name, Amen.
Free Printable Back To School Prayer Sheet
Here is a free printable back to school prayer sheet you can download and print! No sign-up required. 🙂 There are 2 designs to choose from!
You can use this as a guide and either refer back to this post for the typed out prayers or just refer to the scripture included on the pdf and personalize them.
After you print these you can either laminate them and hang up on your fridge for everyone to see, print them on a smaller scale and place in your Bible as a prayer bookmark, or tape them around your home as reminders as well.
Also, feel free to grab these free bible affirmations for kids!
You can print these affirmation cards out, cut them out, laminate them, and place one in their bag each day or on their dresser before the day begins.
I hope that you feel more confident going into this school year in knowing what to pray for your kids. Make sure you are leading them, loving them, affirming them, admonishing them, and asking God for help in your parenting.
He has called you to do this, and you are doing a great job!
Remind yourselves daily that your kids are His first, and He will hear you and these back to school prayers you are praying over them. <3
How are you praying for your kids this school year? Let me know in the comments below!