Back to school prayers – It’s one of the best ways you can prepare your children each year as they head back to school. And praying Scripture over them is one of the most powerful ways to pray. In this pandemic year of challenges, whether your kids study online or in the classroom, here are five back to school prayers you can pray for your kids and grandkids:
* Back to School Prayers for Peace (Isaiah 26:3; Philippians 4:6-7; Romans 5:1).
Lord, I pray that my kids (grandkids) will experience the peace of God this year that exceeds all understanding. Help them not to worry about things they cannot control, but guard their hearts and minds and keep them trusting in You.
Lord, may they not only enjoy the peace of God, but peace with God. I pray they will develop a spirit of gratitude and thanksgiving as they look to You daily for their needs, and that You will give them the capacity for joy that bubbles up from Your peace.
* Back to School Prayers for Protection (2 Thessalonians 3:3; Psalm 46:1; John 17:15; Psalm 91)
Lord, I pray Your emotional, physical, and spiritual protection over my kids (grandkids). Keep evil far from them, and help them to trust You as their refuge and strength. Guard their minds from harmful instruction, and grant them discernment to recognize truth.
Make them strong and courageous in the presence of danger, recognizing that You have overcome and will set right all injustice and wrong one day. Help them to find rest in Your shadow, as they live in the spiritual shelter You provide for them. Let them know that the only safe place is in Jesus, and that their home on earth is only temporary.
* Back to School Prayers for Purity (Psalm 51:10; Mathew 5:8; 1 Timothy 1:5; 1 Corinthians 10:13; Psalm 19:14)
Lord, I pray that You will create in my kids (grandkids) a clean heart and that You would constantly renew a right spirit within them, keeping their thoughts and actions pure and motivated by love. Guard them from temptation, and let them know You are always faithful to give them a way out and help to endure. May the words of their mouths and the meditations of their hearts always please you and edify others.
* Back to School Prayers for Passion (Psalm 42:1; Matthew 22:37-39; John 13:34-35)
Lord, I pray that my kids (grandkids) will develop a passion for the things of God. Create in them a hunger and thirst for You and Your Word. May they love You with all of their heart, soul, and mind. Give them compassionate and generous hearts to love others as much as You love them.
I pray they will always work and study with excellence, but that You will help them desire a servant spirit of greatness, rather than a worldly lust for success. May they fall in love with Jesus over and over again.
* Back to School Prayers for Perspective (Galatians 2:20; Matthew 28:18-20; Philippians 1:21; Colossians 3:1-2; Ephesians 3:17-20)
Lord, I pray that our kids (grandkids) will develop an eternal perspective and purpose, not an earthly one. Help them to see life–and every challenge–through Your eyes, eager and unafraid to share with others the good news of Jesus wherever they go.
I pray that they will set their minds on things above, not just what’s going on here, and that they will be rooted and grounded in Your love. Help them to understand how much You Love them, and that Your love surpasses all the head knowledge they will acquire in school. I pray they will be filled up with You from morning ’til night.
Other Prayers for Your Kids
These are only sample prayers, and hopefully easy ones to remember. They are by no means exhaustive. Find your own Scripture promise or principle and pray those things daily for your kids or grandkids. But don’t confine your praying to the first few weeks of school.
Your children and grandchildren need your prayers all year long–as long as you or they live. Prayer is the best protection you can give your children or grandchildren! When we pray Scripture, God listens! And we can always know those prayers are in His will.
You might also like this blog post I wrote: A Prayer for Parents, Grandparents, and Their Children.
*I like to share these Back to School Prayers often with my readers, so they can keep a reminder to pray every year.
It’s Your Turn
What about you? What do you pray for your kids and grandkids as they go back to school? Will you commit to pray for them earnestly this year? I love to hear from readers. You can always write me through my contact page. Just fill out the basic name and address info, and then the email will come to me. I will never share your name or info with anyone without your permission.
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