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25 Promising Back To School Prayers For Students & Teachers

With a new school year beginning your kids are likely excited to high-five their friends in the hallway, nervous they might be in the infamous chemistry teacher’s class, or maybe walking on water at the idea that a fresh new school waits for them.

We are each given our own scripture promise that God will be with us in all we do.

Let us pray for our children as they step off into a new academic year:

Whatever is going on in your mind and heart, one thing’s for sure – prayer provides protection.

Prayer gives us another layer of love, support, and reminds us of our Father’s love as we remain faithful to Him.

A young mother handing a book to her elementary aged child as she prepares to go to school.

25 Promising (and short) Back To School Prayers For Students & Teachers

you‘ll find 25 short morning prayers for this school year you can pray over your children, their teachers, the school counselor…and, there’s even specific prayers for you!

My heartfelt hope is this collection of prayers will be a blessing for you and your family at the start of the new school year.

You’re doing your best to teach, love, and guide your children.

Now, heaven will help you in a great way with the rest, no matter the young age of your child.

A mother and child walking out the door to go to school.

First Day of School Prayer

Dear God,

Bless my sweet child as he/she walks into their classroom today.

Father, sometimes it feels like their backpack is bigger than they are, and my hope and prayer is that they might not feel lost in a sea of faces.

Be their guide and bless them with thy holy spirit to know that you are with them.

Help them to feel confident and joyous as they embark on this new academic adventure.

Give them strength to take chances, courage to make friends, and wisdom to make good decisions.

Guide their teachers and administrators in how they can best lead these children, and may your love remain at the center of their learning experience. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

back to school prayer for students

Back To School Prayer For Students

Dear Lord,

Please help my child as the adapt to the new routines of the school year.

Open their hearts and minds to be teachable and willing to learn new things.

Help them stay focused, organized, and disciplined in completing their tasks.

Allow them to develop lasting friendships with other students that will build them up.

May they find joy in learning and pursue their studies with an eagerness to serve You through it all.

Please keep them in the shadow of the almighty, and protect them from all harm. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

back to school prayer for friends

Back To School Prayer For Friends


I thank you for the lives that have touched my child’s heart.

Father, my son/daughter is in desperate need of the right friends this school year.

They are in need of people who will build them up, encourage them, and be a positive influence.

Help them to recognize the priceless value of good friends.

And may they be the kind of friend we are praying for them.

Protect their hearts from those who would try to lead them astray or take advantage of their generous spirit.

Give my child the discernment that they need to follow You through every decision they make this upcoming school year. In Jesus’ name, amen.

back to school prayer for knowledge and wisdom

Back To School Prayer For Knowledge and Wisdom

Heavenly Father,

I know some of the most powerful prayers are often a short prayer of faith.

Will you bless my child at the start of school?

Give them knowledge and wisdom they need this new year.

Help them to thrive in their studies, and open the doors of opportunity before them so that they may excel in all areas of their life.

May teachers and administrators have a clear understanding of how to lead these children, and may Your love remain at the center of their learning experience. In Jesus’ name, amen.

back to school prayer to fight peer pressure

Back To School Prayer To Fight Peer Pressure

O Lord,

I pray for the peace of God to rest upon my son/daughter as they walk into their classrooms this year.

These choice spirits are face more peer pressure and temptation than we truly understand.

Please help them to make wise decisions and stand firm against the pressures of the world.

Give my child boldness and courage to speak up for truth in love when it’s needed most, and to be an example of righteousness in all things.

Be their shield in the presence of danger and help them grip tightly onto their loyal friends. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

back to school prayer for compassion and love

Back To School Prayer For Compassion and Love

Dear Lord,

I pray that my child might have all the opportunities to share God’s word with his/her new friends in love and compassion as they help others and serve them.

Bless them with an open heart and a willingness to listen to those around them, while remaining true to their convictions.

Remind them that You are always with them when things become challenging and help them to find ways to show Your grace in every circumstance. In Christ Jesus, amen.

back to school prayer for courage

Back To School Prayer For Courage

Dear Jesus,

One of the best ways to bless my child starting on their new school year is to give them courage and strength.

Help my son/daughter have the boldness to face every challenge that comes their way, while still finding joy in the midst of it all.

Guide them with Your counsel and comfort as they journey through this academic year.

May You be at the center of all that they do and strive for. In Your Holy Name, amen.

Back To School Prayer For Self-Esteem


May you bless my son/daughter with the spirit of gratitude.

I know that these decade 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 Against Bullying

Heavenly Father,

My child is just beginning to form relationships and friendships with their peers.

I pray that as they navigate these interactions, You would be a shield of protection for them, guarding them from any type of bullying or mistreatment.

Help my son/daughter stand up for themselves and those who are being treated unjustly.

Remind them of Your love and acceptance, no matter the circumstance.

Let them know that they are valuable and worthy of respect from their peers, and teach them to also show grace and kindness when responding to any form of mistreatment during the school day. In Your Holy Name, amen.

Back To School Prayer For Protection – Spiritual


I entrust my children to You.

I pray that they would be surrounded by an army of angels each day, protecting them from any type of spiritual attack or temptation that could try to lead them astray.

May they remain grounded in their faith and focused on the truth as it is written in Your Word.

Help them understand the importance of relying on You for strength and not their own understanding.

Grant them discernment to know Your voice and the courage to walk in obedience as You lead them down the paths of life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Back To School Prayer For Protection – Physical

Dear Lord,

Please accept this simple prayer for Your protection and peace on my child.

I pray that You would keep my children safe from physical harm as they travel to and from school each day.

Shield them from the dangers of a dark world and grant them wisdom to make the right decisions during times of trouble or temptation.

May they always remember that their safety is in Your hands, Lord. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

prayer for homeschool children

Prayer For Homeschool Children

O God,

This past year has been filled with new schedules, negative influences, and a prayerful decision to change our kids’ lives.

We chose to homeschool, and by Your grace and mercy You have blessed us with the time, resources, and energy to be successful in this endeavor.

As we now adjust to our daily routine of school at home, I ask that You provide us with patience and strength as we strive to do what is best for our children’s education.

May they be blessed with the right spirit and motivation to learn each day, remembering that You have given them the gift of life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Prayer For Younger Children Going To Public School For The First Time

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.

prayer for children with special needs

Prayer For Children With Special Needs

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.

Prayer For A Child Struggling To Learn

Merciful Lord,

We come before You today asking for Your guidance as we seek to help our struggling learner better understand how to learn.

Help us to have patience and understanding, so we can teach our child in the way that’s best for them, including the knowledge of your truth.

May You open their minds and hearts to the knowledge they need and show them Your grace and mercy. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

back to school prayers for college students

Prayer For High School and College Students

Dear Lord,

Will you bless the next generation of young adults preparing for college and higher education.

Help them to find their passion, discover their talents, and develop a strong work ethic so that they can be successful in their studies.

Guide them along the way as they make decisions that will affect the rest of the children’s lives.

Help these young people remember the value of hard work and good works as they share your name with others.

Bless them with a sound mind as they are surrounded by sin and other worldly influences.

Last, help us all face of our weakness, so you might make our weaknesses become strengths for your glory. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Prayer For Elementary Students and Middle School Kids


Bless my child with the divine protection this school season.

Lord, please help them develop a positive attitude and a good mindset so they can excel in their studies.

Give them strength to stay focused and motivated even when times get tough.

Fill their minds with creative thinking that will be an asset to them later on in life.

Shield my child from negative influences and trouble makers who may try to drag them down.

Teach them the importance of being humble yet ambitious.

Finally, Lord, remind them each day that You are with them in the most powerful ways, even in the midst of their studies. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Back To School Prayer For Children’s Teachers

O God,

We ask for Your blessings and guidance over all the teachers who will be taking care of our children during school time.

The best thing about a new school year is the opportunity to start fresh and make new goals.

However, this can be overwhelming for teachers who have a lot of responsibilities on their plate this time of year.

Whether a public or private school teacher, we pray that You will pour out Your strength upon all teachers so they may lead our children with patience, understanding, and respect.

Help them to recognize each child’s unique gifts and talents in order to bring out their best. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Prayer For New Teachers This Year

Heavenly Father,

A new day is ahead and with it a new school year.

We pray for all teachers who are starting anew this year, that You will lead them in Your ways.

Help them to reach out and build relationships with their students so they can create a learning environment full of mutual respect and understanding.

Lord, give these teachers the courage and patience needed to tackle any challenges or obstacles that may come their way.

Impart to them the wisdom to approach each lesson plan with a creative and hands-on approach for educational success. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Back To School Prayer For Teachers To Have Patience and Love


We ask that You will give all teachers the wisdom and patience to handle all the students who come through their classes, no matter how difficult or challenging they may be.

We pray that You will fill each classroom with love and understanding as our children learn.

Help teachers to never lose sight of why they chose this profession in the first place—to help shape young minds into the future leaders of our world.

May they connect with each student in a meaningful and encouraging way so that learning can thrive. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Prayer For School Administrators

Dear Lord,

We humbly come before You to pray for all the school administrators and community leaders who are taking on this great responsibility of leading our schools in a care-filled love of the good shepherd.

Help them as they oversee teachers, ensure safety and facilitate learning.

We ask that You grant them peace throughout long days as they make decisions that will affect the lives of many children.

May their leadership be a reflection of Your own—full of grace and patient love. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Prayer For School Counselors


Will you bless that the good news of Jesus Christ be spread through the work of our school counselors.

We pray that each counselor will have the strength and courage to provide comfort, guidance, and support to every student in need.

May they find patience amidst countless struggling students and equip them with the right coping skills for a brighter future.

We thank You for these special individuals who tirelessly give their hearts and minds to positively shape young lives. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

prayer for bus drivers

Prayer For Bus Drivers

Heavenly Father,

We ask for a special blessing on the bus drivers who bring our children safely to and from school each day.

We thank You for their dedication and skill in navigating the roads as they transport groups of students through heavy traffic and dangerous conditions.

May these busy drivers have extra protection and peace of mind, knowing that You are watching over them. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Heavenly Father,

We entrust to You the relationships that are strained in our schools.

We pray for feelings of goodwill and understanding among all parties, including students, teachers, administrators, and counselors.

May contention be replaced by patient understanding so that everyone can work together cooperatively with each other’s best interests in mind.

Help us to remember that You have given us the capacity to love and forgive, so that we can be filled with grace and patient love. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Back To School Prayer For Parents and Grandparents

O God,

As our children start another new school year, we ask for Your grace and protection as they experience all sorts of things in school today.

As parents and grandparents, we worry about the challenges that each of them might face in this new season of life.

Give us courage to be strong pillars of support, may our light shine bright for them, and will you help them through their new challenges and experiences. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

You can be a source of strength for your child and when it comes time for those first day phots, don’t forget to smile because you know your precious child is in the Lord’s hands.

Here’s wishing everyone a blessed start to the school year.

I hope the inspiring prayers you read today will bless your child’s school experience and the faith of other family members.

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