Every year, I’m shocked at how fast summer goes by! Back-to-school store displays catch me off guard every year. You’d think I’d learn! When the back-to-school prep gets real, it’s a great time to pray for your child’s school year.
I spend parts of August almost mourning the end of summer. We get only 18 summers with our kids and there’s yet to be a summer when I’m ready for it to end. There’s always more places to go, more beach days to have, more marshmallows to roast.
Having fun family time is a big part of our family culture, so it’s a bit sad when it starts to get more restricted by school schedules!
We all know that navigating learning, peers, and teachers can be tricky for kids (and parents). We want to make sure our kids are honoring God, doing their work with excellence, respecting those in authority, choosing good friends, and are positive leaders in any environment they are in.
We’ve pulled together some key prayer points and corresponding Bible verses that we like to use when praying for our kids and their school year – and we’d like to share it with you!
As your child gets older, they can also pray these prayers for themselves. Praying together for their school year can be powerful.
We’ve also created a printable with these prayers that you can put on the fridge, bathroom mirror, or anywhere to remind you to pray for your child’s school year. We created one for kids in a traditional school setting and one with just a few word changes to make it geared toward home educated children. Take your pick!
We pray that our students will:
Love God and follow Him with all their heart, soul, and strength
He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” -Luke 10:27
Be filled with the fruit of the Spirit
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. -Galatians 5:22-23
Study and work with diligence
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters -Colossians 3:23
Show compassion, grace and understanding to others
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. -Ephesians 4:32
Develop healthy friendships
Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm. -Proverbs 13:20
Speak kindly about others and does not gossip or tease
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. -Ephesians 4:29
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.” -Joshua 1:9
Find opportunities to do good
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. -Galatians 6:10
But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you. Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield. -Psalm 5:11-12
Respect Teachers and Administration
Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. -Romans 13:1
Make good choices and resist peer pressure
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. -Romans 12:2
Get along well with classmates
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. -Romans 12:18
Have pure thoughts
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. -Philippians 4:8
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. -2 Timothy 1:7
Want these prayers & verses handy as a quick reference? Get the free printable for school or homeschool here: