Living in Faith, Prayer

10 prayers for a new school year

By Leigh DeLozier

10 things we can pray as a new school year begins

The back-to-school season has begun, with students, teachers, and support staff all across the country preparing for a new year of learning. Whether your local school system is already in session or whether the classrooms won’t fill until after Labor Day, everyone involved needs our prayers.

And although many of us think of preschoolers and grades K-12 when we hear the word “school,” let’s not forget the students and professors in colleges, technical schools, and other places of learning. They need our prayers, too.

10 things we can pray as a new school year begins

1) Pray for teachers to have adequate time, energy, and resources to prepare their classrooms and lessons.

2) Pray for administrators and other leaders to have wisdom as they set policies and make decisions.

3) Pray for students and teachers to have open minds and hearts as they learn and grow together.

4) Pray for God’s protection — physically, mentally, and spiritually — over every school and the people in it.

5) Pray for supportive relationships between students, teachers, staff, administrators, and parents.

6) Pray for each person to move closer to becoming who God wants them to be.

7) Pray for the Christians in each school — from the youngest students to the oldest staff members — to have courageous faith.

8) Pray for each Christian to be a light that brings other people to God.

9) Pray for the students who feel lonely, left out, or “less than.”

10) Pray for the teachers who wonder if they’re making a difference, especially the ones who lie awake at night worrying about (and for) their students.

Your turn: There are so many ways we can pray for our schools, this is barely the tip of the iceberg. What would you add to my list? Leave a comment below to share your ideas.

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10 thoughts on “10 prayers for a new school year”

  1. Join you in these prayers for schools, teachers, administrators, staff, parents, and children.

    1. I come from a long line of teachers on both sides of my family, so know how many challenges they face. But there are also so many opportunities and I think they can use every prayer we send their way. Thanks for stopping by, sir — have a blessed week!

  2. Leigh, this is so helpful because we can forget some of the school needs that we should pray for. Thanks for sharing this comprehensive list that I will keep in front of me. Blessings my friend!

    1. Thank you, my friend! There are many more things we can pray for our children and others in schools, but every little bit helps! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    1. Thank you, Candyce! I believe we can never pray too much for our children and the teachers and others who are influencing them! Thanks for stopping by and adding to the conversation.

  3. Yours is a timely and much needed message, Leigh. As a career teacher, I agree wholeheartedly with the need for prayer for our students, their families, and all teachers. Thank you for leading the way.

    1. Thank you, Katherine! That means a lot, especially coming from a career educator. Every prayer we can offer on the behalf of our students and the adults who touch their lives is worth the time. Thank you for your years of pouring into others!

  4. As a former teacher I can say your requests are spot on! Thank you for such pertinent suggestions. Can you imagine a school characterized by kindness, encouragement, support, and wise decisions?! As for my husband and me, prayers for our nation’s schools and the students we love include protection from physical harm and false ideologies.

    1. Thank you so much, Nancy. These are the things on my heart for everyone in our schools, but it means a lot to have the perspective of someone like yourself. And you’re exactly right — we also need to pray for protection from physical harm and false ideologies. Thank you for your time in the classroom and for adding to our conversation.

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