10 Powerful Prayers to Guide Your Kids as They Head Back to School

As we prepare for a new school session it is important to spend time in prayer for kids going back to school. I know you’re excited for the new beginnings that a school year brings – new teachers, new friends, and new opportunities to learn and grow.

But you’re also anxious, worried about the challenges they may face. Bullying. Peer pressure or struggling in a difficult class. Not to worry I have selected some Back to school prayer for kids.

How do you pray for children resuming back to school?

Here are some short back to school prayer you can pray for your children as they resume classes:

Dear God, I lift up my child(ren) to you today as they start this new school year. Give them the courage and confidence to walk through the doors.

Surround them with friends and teachers who will love, support and encourage them.

Help them remember that you are with them, even when I can’t be. Give them strength if they face hard moments like struggling with a difficult classmate or subject material.

Remind them of their gifts, talents, and abilities. Help them use them to pursue their purpose and passion.

Guide them as they navigate choices and peer pressure. Give them wisdom beyond their years to make good decisions.

Protect their minds and hearts from harmful influences. Let your light shine through them to impact others in a positive way.

Watch over them physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Keep them safe from harm. Give them energy and health. Lift their mood and outlook. Draw them closer to you. Reveal more of yourself to them.

Thank you for these precious children you have entrusted me with. I give them back to you today, knowing that you love them even more than I do.

Have your way in their lives, Lord. Do what only you can do. I trust you with their future. Amen.

Praying for your kids as they go off to school brings peace of mind and encourages your heart. God hears our prayers and will watch over our children when we can’t. Take comfort knowing He’s got them in the palm of His hand.

What is the children’s Prayer before going to school?

Teaching your kids how to pray and hear God for themselves is so crucial. We live in a time when the media is fighting to take the place of God and the godly values we’ve instilled in them.

But what makes the difference is the genuine personal relationship they have with God. Without this, they can easily fall into the trap of peer pressure. Raising Godly kids is not a day’s job but the seed we plant can go a long way.

How to Build A Relationship with God

How about replacing screen time with intentional Bible study and prayer. Getting them involved in activities that draw them closer to God.

Children learn by example. If they’ve never seen you pray or talk about God then it won’t work. You can start off slowly but surely it will be worthwhile. For starters here are some suggestions:

•Teach them to pray over their meal. Teach them to thank God for their meal and ask Him to bless it and make it nourish the body.

•Teach them how to pray for sound health. Teach them that God desires them to have sound health. Let them know that when they are sick they can ask God for healing because He is a good father.

Let Your child/children pray for the spirit of obedience. Your child needs to know the consequences of rebellion and the Bible characters who suffered the consequences. Let God teach them how to listen and follow instructions.

•Teach them how to ask God for a sound mind. Let them ask God for wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. Let them know that God hears them and He is interested in their lives.

It is so important that every child knows that God loves them. Teaching children how to make prayer their lifestyle can make a big difference now and in their adulthood.

Have faith that God is with them each and every day, guiding their path.

What is a good Prayer for the first day of school?

The first day of school can be filled with a mix of emotions for both kids and parents. As a parent, one of the best things you can do is pray for your child.

Here is a suggested prayer for your kids on their first day back at school:

Dear God,

I lift up my child(ren) to You today as they head back to school. Fill them with confidence in who You’ve made them to be. Surround them with friends and teachers who love and support them.

  • Guide them as they navigate new classes, schedules, and routines. Give them energy, focus, and patience as they adjust to waking up early again.
  • Protect them from harmful influences, bullying, and distractions. Give them strength and courage to stand up for themselves and others with kindness and respect.
  • Help them soak up knowledge and develop a love of learning. Open their minds to new ideas and help them discover and pursue their talents, gifts, and passions.
  • Comfort them when they face difficulties, stresses, or anxieties. Remind them of Your constant presence and the support of our family. Give them peace in knowing that their identity and worth are found in You.
  • Use them to spread your light and love to others through acts of kindness, joy, patience, and compassion. Make them a blessing to their teachers and classmates each and every day.
  • Bring them home safely again at the end of this first day. Thank you for another school year and all the opportunities for growth and adventure it will bring.


This prayer covers many of the emotions, challenges, and blessings a new school year can bring. Praying for your child’s day, relationships, growth, safety, and identity can give you both comfort and peace of mind. While the specific words are not as important as the heart behind them,

I hope this provides a starting point for you to lift your child up in prayer. Each school year is a chance for them to discover more of who God created them to be.

What is the back-to-school prayer verse?

The Bible offers many verses that can encourage you as you pray for your kids to go back to school. One of the most well-known back-to-school prayer verses is

Philippians 4:13 KJV:

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

This is a reminder that with God by their side, your kids can overcome any challenge the new school year may bring. Teach your kids how to make positive confessions no matter what they face.

Other Meaningful Verses

Here are some scripture for back-to-school prayer you can reflect on as you pray for your children:

  • Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Pray that your kids will rely on God to guide them in their decisions and activities at school.
  • Isaiah 41:10: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Ask God to give your kids courage and comfort them with his presence as they head back to school.
  • Joshua 1:9: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Pray for bravery, confidence, and perseverance for the challenges of a new school year.
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Encourage your kids to be joyful, prayerful, and grateful at school each and every day.

Praying for Specific Areas

As you pray for your kids, consider bringing specific areas of their school life before God:

  • Academics: Pray for diligence, comprehension, and retention as they learn new concepts and skills. Ask God to help them achieve their full potential.
  • Teachers and classes: Pray that your kids will connect well with their teachers and find their courses engaging and meaningful. Ask God to give their teachers wisdom, patience, and care for each student.
  • Friends: Pray that your kids will build healthy, supportive friendships founded on kindness, trust, and encouragement. Ask God to guide them to peers who share similar values and interests.
  • Activities: If your kids participate in sports, clubs, or other activities, pray for enjoyment, good opportunities to develop skills and leadership qualities, and safety. Ask God to help them find balance in their schedules.
  • Challenges: Pray for endurance in the face of difficulties like learning struggles, social issues, or other hardships. Ask God to comfort them in times of stress, hurt, or anxiety and give them the strength and strategies to overcome

You love your kids and want the best for them this school year. Praying for them regularly is one of the most powerful things you can do.

As they head off to school, say a prayer for wisdom, friendships, safety, and learning. Ask God to give them strength and courage to face each day.

Pray for their teachers and administrators too, that they would be supported and guided in educating our children.

Though the days ahead are uncertain, you can find peace knowing you’ve entrusted your kids into God’s hands.

Make prayer a habit and watch as God moves in their lives this year in amazing ways. The school year will fly by before you know it, so take time each day to pause and pray for your kids. You’ll be glad you did.

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