Prayer for graduates is so important, but especially during this challenging season. Last year, creativity offered alternate opportunities for seniors through drive-by parades, personally delivered diplomas, and virtual commencements. Although many will celebrate normal graduation ceremonies this year, the pandemic has still altered graduation celebrations for others.
If you are a graduate this year or a relative or friend of one, here is a prayer for graduating seniors that might help and encourage them in these times:
You Have Designed Our Lives
Lord, You’ve designed our lives from the beginning to the end. You’ve known every decision we would make and every direction we would take. Because You are omniscient–all-knowing–nothing surprises You.
Prayer for Graduates: Bring Comfort and Restoration of Dreams
You birth the dreams of every graduate, and You hold them close to your heart. You understand their sadness–and ours–when those visions and plans disappear. And yet, You are the only One who can restore, renew, and even redesign dreams that emerge better than the original ones.
That’s what we’re asking you to do for our graduates this year, Lord. Comfort those who have experienced loss; guide them through their dilemmas, and redeem this difficult season in their lives. Bring good out of these challenging times.
Prayer for Graduates: Bless Them and Their Future
We all want to feel important, Lord. May Your personal, “Well, done!” satisfy their spirit’s need for accomplishment and recognition. Let every senior know that no circumstance can ever rob them of their value and worth in Your eyes. To. You. Every. Person. Matters!
Bless every graduate, Lord, and assure them that You will direct the paths of all who ask. Help them not to grow weary in this new normal when some are still distanced from friends and relationships. Give them discretion, integrity, and wisdom as they approach their new unknown future.
We pray for honesty, love, and kindness to always remain the norm in their lives, whatever they choose to do in the coming months and years. May thoughtfulness, patience, and faithfulness thrive as they look for ways to focus on others rather than their personal disappointments.
Prayer for Graduates: Courage to Persevere
Lord, give our graduates courage to persevere, especially in these uncertain times. Never let them turn from giving You first place in their lives. You understand their weaknesses, but You offer grace and strength. Assure them that failures can be the stepping stones to success and that the only kind of approval that really matters is the acceptance and unconditional love You offer them.
We pray that these coming days will not bring a daze for them, but a strong sense of dependency on You, Lord. Strengthen their faith in You, and deliver them from temptations to doubt, fear, or second guess. You never have, and You never will abandon or let them down.
Prayer for Graduates: Purpose, Protection, and Peace
May Your Word capture our graduates’ minds and hearts as never before and offer them positive solutions with victorious results. Use this time of adversity to mold their character into men and women after Your own heart. Protect them as never before from the harm of negative thoughts or the onslaught of discouraging advice.
May nothing formed against them be allowed to prosper. Instead, develop the positive qualities of leadership in them that they will need to press on and complete Your purpose for their lives. Fill them with a thirst to know You more, to love others more, and to make a difference in their world for You.
Make Your face shine on these, our graduating seniors. Give them peace, because You are our Peace, and be gracious unto them. Let Your mercy and favor rest on them, and may their lights shine so bright that others will see Your reflection in our graduates daily.
For Parents, Grandparents, Friends or Relatives
In this prayer for graduates, we also pray for every parent, grandparent, friend, or relative of these young men and women. Lord, whisper Your encouragement to them as well. Thank You for the creative thoughtfulness of so many who are trying to congratulate these seniors in special ways.
Lord, we love our graduating seniors. And no matter what age or stage they are at, we offer this prayer for graduates to encourage and bless them in every way possible. You grieve with us; You weep with us, but You also share our joys as we look forward to the great things You will do in every graduate’s life who will exercise the boldness to believe, and the readiness to receive Your good and perfect gifts. And we ask all these things in the precious name of Jesus.
Two Powerful Bible Promises for Graduates
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them (Romans 8:28 NLT).
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take (Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT).
*I first posted this prayer on May 21, 2020, but wanted to share it again with minor edits.
*You might also enjoy this post I wrote called, Ten Ways to Encourage Children, Grandchildren, and Graduates.
There are so many Bible promises that will encourage graduates. Too many to list! What others would you suggest?
It’s Your Turn
Are you a graduate? Or is your child, relative, or friend a graduating senior? In what ways are you trying to encourage them? Will you commit to praying for them throughout this challenging season? You can always write me through my contact page and fill out the basic name and address info; then the email will come to me. Your name or info will never be shared with anyone without your permission.
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