No matter the season, it's important to offer prayers for schools. If you're a parent or grandparent, this might be top-of-mind, but even if you're not, remembering to offer invocations for the parents, students, teachers and principals in your local community is essential.
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Kids are our future and the students and teachers within schools could really use prayer and encouragement. So, let's explore why prayers for schools are essential.
How do you pray for the school year?
If you're looking for prayers for schools at the start of the school year, the following invocation is worth exploring (the rest of our prayers can be uttered at any time during the academic year). But before we dive in, consider just some of the things you might want to consider in your prayers for schools at the start of the year:
- Pray for your kids'/grandkids' experience
- Pray for teachers and staff to have wisdom
- Pray for a positive academic experience
- Pray for curiosity in your kids/grandkids that helps them learn and grow
Here's a prayer for the start of the school year:
Lord, I pray for [my child/grandchild]. I pray that You would prepare a path for [him/her] this school year. I pray for mental clarity, positive learning, a good teacher and an experience that [insert name] will never forget. As this year begins with so many possibilities, I ask that You would cover and protect insert name]. Please also equip those around [him/her] with the knowledge to help guide [him/her]. I pray for a phenomenal school year. In Jesus' name, Amen.
What is a good prayer for school?
We'll explore a few examples of solid prayers you can offer for students. First, let's look at prayers for schools that your kids or grandkids attend. Here are two examples:
Lord, I pray for [my child or grandchild]. I pray that You would offer wisdom for [him/her] and that You would present them with a strong conviction for the truth. Please guide [insert name(s)] and help nothing to step in the way of [his/her] relationship with You. Lord, I ask that You would strengthen [insert name(s)] and help only positive influences to come into [his/her] path. Thank You, Lord. In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.
God, please guide our local schools. Please give the teachers and staff there Your wisdom. Please protect the young hearts and minds within. I pray for [my child/grandchild] and that You will guide the hands, mouths and actions of everyone who comes into contact with [insert name] in the schools. Lord, You always provide, and I ask that You would give us the strength and courage to navigate whatever comes our way in the school system. In Jesus' name, Amen.
How do you pray for the school system?
Now, let's explore prayers for schools that are more general — invocations you can offer even if your child or grandchild no longer attends — or even if you have no children or grandchildren:
Lord, there are so many complicated issues in today's world. I just pray that You would have a presence in our schools. Please offer the wisdom and peace that only You can offer, Lord. And I just ask that You would help the teachers, staff and everyone involved with the school system to focus their energies on educating our children. Please also help ever child who walks through the schools' doors to discover the wisdom and truth only You can give. In Jesus' name, Amen.
God, we are thankful for the schools in our communities. I pray for the families who live in our district — that You would give the parents wisdom. But I also pray that You would help the schoolboard — the people making the big decisions about standards, what is taught and how instruction will flow. With so many challenges surrounding COVID and other related issues, I ask that You would guide these people in Your will and help them to guide the children in our community along the right path. In Jesus' name, Amen.
How do you pray for school in COVID?
Another area of prayer to consider is how to offer invocations amid the challenges schools face with COVID. Here are two prayers you could offer:
Lord, I pray that You would ease any fears being felt by children and adults in our schools. Please help those attending — either on staff or as students — to feel less panicked and not so fearful about what's to come. Please give Your peace to the adults and children in our schools as they navigate some of the changes that have unfolded due to COVID. We trust You, Lord, to give us peace. In Jesus' name, Amen.
God, we pray for a healthy and safe school year for [insert kids/grandkids]. Please help them to focus on their schooling and not to get distracted by all that's unfolding in our schools. We pray for a normal year and that You would help make this possible, Lord. Thank You for all You do for us. In Jesus' name, Amen.
That concludes our list of prayers for schools and students. We hope these invocations inspire you to integrate prayers for your kids, grandkids and the children and teachers in your community into your prayer life throughout the year.
Want even more inspiration? Here are some powerful movies about faith that are worth watching with your kids and grandkids:
"God's Not Dead 2"
When a high school teacher is asked a question in class about Jesus, her response lands her in a battle of choice. Watch "God's Not Dead 2" right now on Pure Flix!
"God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness"
A church destroyed. A congregation silenced. A relationship shattered. Yet even in life's darkest valleys, a small flame can light the way toward healing and hope. After a deadly fire rips through St. James Church, Hadleigh University leaders use the tragedy to push the congregation off campus, forcing the church to defend its rights and bringing together estranged brothers for a reunion that opens old wounds and forces them to address the issues that pulled them apart. Watch the movie right now on Pure Flix.
A teacher causes tension in his community when he resurrects the high school's Bible club. Watch what happens by streaming the movie right now on Pure Flix!
That brings us to the end of our recommended prayers for schools and kids. We hope these invocations and movies inspire you and your family. And if you want more inspiration, consider downloading our "Fearless Faith Movie Guide."
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