Summer is quickly winding down, and school starts again in just a few short weeks. This is the time of year I purchase all the materials they need to go back to school. But our kids need more than just material goods, they also need our prayers. If you have children, I encourage you to pray for them in all areas of their life, including prayers for back to school. If you are like me and aren’t sure where to start, or you need encouragement as your kids go back to school, continue to read as I share 8 prayers for back to school.
Asking The Lord to show us the way
As soon as my oldest child was born, I was worried about school. Where would she go? Would we homeschool? Would we pick the public school board, the Catholic board, or a private school?
I spent many hours worrying about how it would all look.
When my daughter was first born, I really wanted to homeschool her, but my husband didn’t agree. So, instead of fighting over it, I knew there was time for him to change His mind, so I brought it all to The Lord in prayer.
I was convinced my answer would be what God wanted.
But, after years of worrying and praying, The Lord made it clear to me and my husband that He wanted us to place our children in public school. We also decided that we would make school choices for each child and each year they faced. That way, if we needed to change things later, we could.
The Lord has given me such peace about our decision. I still worry about the things the kids are exposed to at school, but the number one reason I feel The Lord called me to send my kids to school is that I would have no other choice but to give The Lord my children and depend on Him to look after them.
For me, if the kids were home, I would be less likely to pray for them and over them. But sending them out of the house into a secular environment drives me to my knees.
Over the years, I have prayed many prayers over my children as they leave the house and go to school.
How to add a prayer for back to school
If you are a Christian and have kids, chances are you already praying for them regularly. So, when kids go back to school, it’s easy to add a prayer for back to school.
My younger sister has 5 kids, and for many years she would walk them to school, and at one specific spot on their walk, she would stop and pray over her kids about what they faced at school- a test, friends, focus, and other things. It was a quick prayer, but it was intentional.
I give you this example because as moms you are already busy. The thought of adding one more ritual or one more thing to add to your prayer list may feel overwhelming.
Praying for your kids as they go back to school doesn’t have to be like that. It can be simple and quick or longer. The best thing is you can do this how you want.
Ask yourself: When does it make sense to pray for my kids about school?
Whatever you answer, start there. Add a note in your calendar, set an alarm as a cue to pray, and pick a spot on a walk to pray.
If you are not sure where to start or what to pray for, I want to share 8 prayers for back to school.
For each prayer, I’ve added verses you can use as prayers, but I’ve also added a prayer that is a modification of the verse. You can use either, both, or your own from the verses I share.
8 prayers for back to school
As I was writing this post, this song came on the radio and it was the perfect song for this post. So play this song and read the prayers as you pray for your children.
1. Pray for your child to be saved
One of my biggest desires for my kids is that they choose to recognize their sins and turn to God for forgiveness. If I could do anything I could to save my kids, I would. It turns out, that the best thing we can do is lead a life as an example to them, and pray for them.
So, even though salvation has nothing to do with school, sending my kids into the world reminds me how much my kids need The Lord and reminds me to pray for their salvation.
- John 10:28-29 “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand. My Father, which gave them to Me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of My Father’s hand.”
- 1 Peter 3:18 ESV For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,
Lord, thank you for (child’s name). Thank you for loving them and dying for them. I pray they would recognize their need for a savior and that they would ask you for forgiveness. Help me witness to them through my love for them, my actions, and my words.
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2. Pray that your child knows God is with them
As a mom who has 3 kids in school, it would be easy for me to worry about my kids all day. Instead, I remember that they are not alone and that God is with them. Not only is this comfort for me, but it’s also a comfort for my kids.
When they come home and tell me they had a bad day, or they made a mistake and didn’t know what to do. They often will then say they wanted me there with them. As much as it hurts me to see them in pain, I take the opportunity to remind them that mom can’t always be with them, but God is with them everywhere they go. We then pray together and talk about strategies they can use the next time they feel this way.
- Genesis 28:15 “And, behold, I am with you, and will keep you in all places where you go, and will bring you again into this land; for I will not leave you, until I have done that which I have spoken to you about.”
- Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: I will strengthen you; yes I will help you; yes I will uphold you with the right hand of My righteousness.”
- Hebrews 13:5-6 “For He has said, “I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” So that we may boldly say, “The Lord is my Helper,” and I will not fear what man shall do to me.”
Lord, I pray for (child’s name). Sending them into the world scares me. Thank you that you are with them, even when I can’t be. I pray they feel your presence and remember you are there to comfort them, give them peace and wisdom.
3. Pray for your child to turn to God for safety
My worst nightmare is getting a call from the school telling me my child is hurt.
My oldest daughter has anxiety, and one day I was visiting a friend who lived 45 minutes away from the school. During that visit, I got a call from the school. It was my daughter’s teacher. She told me that Meredith was having a hard time and was asking if I wanted to get her now.
She explained the situation to me, and it didn’t sound urgent, so I told her we could wait it out and see if she could settle down on her own.
I’m not sure how much time passed, but my phone soon ran again.
This time, it was my daughter. I could hear her and I knew she was having a panic attack and whatever the teachers were trying wasn’t working.
I hung up the phone and RACED HOME!! I called my husband to tell him what was going on. He worked close to school and got an Uber ride to school to be there with her.
The whole ride to school, I prayed she would be ok. I prayed over the guilt I was feeling for not leaving right away. I covered her in prayer for the entire 45-minute drive.
By the time I got to school, she was still having a panic attack, and I calmed her down within a few minutes of getting there.
Talk about WORRY!
I can’t always be there for my kids. I can’t protect them from everything they face. BUT, I know someone who is there with them and has the power to protect them and keep them. So I regularly pray for my kid’s physical safety.
- Psalms 18:2-3 “The Lord is my rock, and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in Whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from my enemies.”
- Psalms 32:7 “You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall compass me about with songs of deliverance.”
Psalms 46:1-2 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the middle of the sea.”
Lord, keep (child’s name) safe. Protect them from physical danger, and emotional danger.
4. Pray for your child to put their confidence in God
My oldest daughter is now 13. She’s going through the stage where she knows she’s right all the time. She’s pretty confident in her knowledge and thinks mom and dad have no clue. LOL ! I can relate. I’m sure I was the same at her age.
We all have times in our lives when we are sure of something. We trust in what we know. Then, one day something happens, and that confidence gets shattered.
It’s an easy thing to trust in jobs, ability, money, and other things that don’t last forever.
If it’s easy for me to fall into that way of thinking, how much easier is it for my kids to put their confidence in the wrong things. That is why I pray that my kids put their faith in The Lord and what He calls them to.
- Proverbs 3:26 “For the Lord shall be your confidence, and shall keep your foot from being taken.”
- Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that He which has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
Lord, I pray that (child’s name) not be tempted to chase popularity, money, status or anything else that may look good. I pray they KNOW you are the only constant. You never change. Not only that, but that they would know they can count on you. You are the only thing that doesn’t change. I pray they understand that and put all their confidence in you.
5. Pray for protection over evil
As a teenager at camp one summer, I felt an evil spirit over the camp. It came to divide and instill fear. I remember huddling with a few other girls. We all felt this dark spirit and knew it wasn’t from God.
It’s hard to explain, but it was my first experience with feeling evil around me. The word of God tells us we are fighting against something that isn’t flesh and blood. We can’t see it. So, how do we fight against something like that? The only way is to take on the armor of God and depend on Him to fight those demons.
The devil is cunning and the father of lies. It’s important we pray our children are protected from his influence.
- 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 ESV For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.
- Ephesians 6:10-13 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand
- Psalm 118:9-11 ESV It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes. All nations surrounded me; in the name of the Lord I cut them off! They surrounded me, surrounded me on every side; in the name of the Lord I cut them off!
Lord, thank you for being bigger and more powerful than anything else in this universe. I pray you protect (child’s name) from the lies of this world and any influence that isn’t you. Give them wisdom to know the difference between truth and a lie. Help them depend on you for strength and protection.
6. Pray for power over temptation
Every single one of us knows the power of temptation. As a kid, I was regularly tempted to lie, and steal. Some days, I overcame those temptations, but most of the time I gave in.
Every day our kids are tempted to watch things they shouldn’t, be part of conversations they shouldn’t be in, fit in with the crown, and much more.
As parents, we can intervene on their behalf and ask God to give them power over temptations.
- James 4:7 ESV Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
- 1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
Lord, I know that (child’s name) is tempted by something every day. As they are tempted, I pray you would show them a way of escape. That they would know they can set boundaries, say no and walk away. Give them the courage to say no. Give them power over temptation.
7. Pray for your child’s relationship with The Lord
When I was a teenager, I remember being in my parent’s kitchen talking to a guest we were hosting. She asked me what I was looking for in a husband and I said: I just want someone who is saved.
She looked at me and told me I should want more. I should want a man who loves God and who lives his life for The Glory of God.
Anyone can say they are saved, but it’s much better proof to see spiritual fruit in someone’s life.
I am thrilled when my kids make professions of faith, but it’s not enough. I want more for them. I want them to grow in their faith. I want them to seek the Lord in everything they do and that they would want to honor The Lord in everything they do.
That’s why it’s important for us to pray for our kids and their relationship with The Lord.
- James 4:8 ESV Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
- Isaiah 40:28-31 ESV Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
- Isaiah 55:6 ESV “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near;
Lord, thank you that (child’s name) has made a profession of faith. I pray that they want to grow in their faith and take steps to do that. Help them seek you in everything they do and want to honor you in everything they do.
8. Pray for your child’s character
One of the sweetest things about being a mom is watching your children’s relationship with The Lord grow. I almost cried the first time I saw my daughter raise her hands in worship. It was a beautiful moment.
As our children grow in their faith, we can continue to pray for them as they know more about The Lord, life, and how to live to glorify Him.
There are many verses we can pray through, but instead of going through each one and creating prayers for each, I made a list of Godly characters I want my children to grow in and added a verse for each and added a general prayer at the end.
- That they would be sober-minded and vigilant 1 Peter 5:8-9 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.
- That they would know the truth and tell it John 8:32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free
- That they would want to obey you and your spouse Ephesians 6:1-2 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise:
- That they would cast their anxieties on God 1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you
- That they would think about true and good things Philippians 4:8 ESV Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
- That they would feel the peace of God John 16:33 ESV I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
- That they would be watchful and stand firm in their faith 1 Corinthians 16:13 ESV Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.
Lord, thank you for (child’s name). I thank you that they have made a profession of faith. I pray that they would want to know you more, that they would grow in their faith and become more and more like you everywhere.
Praying for our kids is the number 1 thing we can do to help our children grow in their faith and knowledge of God.
I shared many verses and prayers, but don’t feel you need to pray each one every day. I suggest you pick one verse or prayer and use that to pray one day or one week. Then the next day or week, pick another one.
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