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Back to School: How to Pray for Our Students


The time is upon us - that time which is usually welcomed by parents, but dreaded by students everywhere: back to school! While we look forward to the new and interesting opportunities ahead for our families, we also know the hustle and bustle of the school season is about to take over and consume most of our waking moments.  A productive way to prepare for the challenges that each day will bring is to pray with, and over, our students.  Here are some ideas for how to pray for your student as they head out the door for school each morning:

Pray for you child’s spiritual walk.

Pray for their strength to stand up for what is right this year and glorify God in their academic pursuits.  Pray for God to open their eyes and give them a vision to see those around them that may need encouraging each day. Pray they will have peace in all the moments over this next year that might be stressful.

Pray for teachers and adults that will pour into your child.

Pray they will be positive role models for your child over the coming months and inspire your child to dream big and work hard. Pray they will challenge your child, and push them out of their comfort zone, so they might discover their God-given talents and abilities and how they can glorify God in all they do.

Pray for the friends which your child will make over the coming months.

Pray God will surround them with friends who make them smile more each day. Pray they will have friends that stand along side them as they speak truth and honesty, even when it’s hard. May they find friends like them, who are motivated by kindness and compassion and can radiate God’s love to everyone they encounter.

No school year will be without drama or mishap, but as Christians we can rest assured that God is in control and wants what is best for our children. May God fill this school year with his abundant grace and favor as we walk in obedience to Him!


Amy Porter is a wife, mom, and English teacher at Celina ISD.