30 Days of Prayer for the New School Year

It’s hard to believe it, but it’s time to head back for another year in the classroom and to pray bold prayers for the new school year.

While it’s time to gather the school supplies and to start thinking through your morning routine, there’s an even bigger calling on every parent sending a child off to school- to pray.Β  That’s why we’re so passionate about these back to school prayers!

It’s our job, as parents who love the Lord, to help our children grow in faith and guide them to a personal relationship with God. This school year, more than academic gain or athletic performance, may we long for our children to follow Jesus and to shine the love of Jesus in all areas of their life.


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How to use these prayers for the new school year?

As a busy parent, committing to this back to school prayer challenge shouldn’t be overwhelming or hard! Instead, use these prayer prompts in your morning prayer time or even in your prayer journal.

Simply print this list of back to school prayers and put it near your Bible study resources or in a place you’ll remember to pray. Then, spend a few minutes praising God for the gift of your child, for wisdom for the days ahead, and for God to move in the life of your child for the day’s prayer prompt.

That’s it!

Praying for your child doesn’t have to fancy or lengthy! Simply start where you are and trust God to meet you there!

30 Days of Prayer for the New School Year

Day 1- Spiritually

Pray that your child will understand the Gospel and learn to apply biblical principles to every aspect of life.

Day 2- Relationship to the teacher

Pray that your child will develop a deep respect and appreciation for his/her teacher and will act respectful of all authority figures.

Day 3- Relationship to peers

Pray that your child will develop a close bond with his peers and that he/she will choose friends wisely.

Day 4- Wisdom

Pray that your child will develop the ability to discern right from wrong and put it into practice on a daily basis.

Keep God’s Word in front of your child with this new Christian Student Planner! It will help your student organize assignments with ease, plan projects in advance, and set goals with confidence.

Plus, it’s filled with encouraging Scripture verses to point your student to the love and wisdom of God.

Learn more about the Christian Student Planner hereΒ 

picture of the Christian Student Planner

Day 5- Conviction

Pray that your child will be convicted by sin and be found out when he/she does wrong.

Day 6- Honesty

Pray that your child will desire to be honest, even when it’s hard or when he/she gets into trouble.

Day 7- Kindness

Pray that your child will treat others with kindness, even when it is not popular.

Day 8- Compassion

Pray that your child will be compassionate, and show the love of Jesus to those who are hurting.

Day 9- Being a servant

Pray that your child learns to be a servant and sees the beauty of being the hands and feet of Jesus.

Day 10- Humility

Pray that your child learns to be humble and not to brag about his/her success.

Day 11- Desire to learn

Pray that your child will develop a love of learning and desire to be a life-long learner.

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Day 12- Strongest subject

Pray that your child will be challenged in his/her strongest subject and will be pushed out of his/her comfort zone.

Day 13- Weakest subject

Pray that your child will make progress and tremendous growth in an area of weakness.

Day 14- Confident learner

Pray that your child will be confident in his/her abilities as a student.

Day 15- Learning issues exposed

Pray that any learning issues or suspected weakness will be brought to light.


Day 16- Emotional growth

Pray that your child will mature in emotional stability and be comforted as their faith deepens in understanding.

Day 17- Sensitivity

Pray that your child will have a tender spirit and be will to help those in need.

Day 18- Evangelical spirit

Pray that your child will be excited to share the message of Jesus, no matter the cost.

Day 19- Become a good listener

Pray that God will open the ears of your child to hear the teacher and an open heart to listen to others.

Day 20- Self-control

Pray that your child will learn self-control and have the discipline to use it in even the toughest of situations.

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Day 21- Think before speaking

Pray that your child will learn to guard their tongue and to think about words before speaking aloud.

Day 22- Guarded mind

Pray that your child will have a guarded mind and thoughts of the Lord will be planted, and not be easily uprooted.

Day 23- Softened heart

Pray that your child has a softened heart towards the gospel and will hear the good news with open ears.

Day 24- Quick to forgive

Pray that your child will be quick to extend grace when a wrong has been done to him/her.

Day 25- Slow to anger

Pray that your child will have a long fuse and not anger easily.

Day 26- Joy

Pray that your child will experience the joy of the Lord and not look for happiness in the things of the world.

mom and daughter reading the Bible together

Day 27- Strength

Pray that your child will have the strength to do what is right and do grow in physical strength as well.

Day 28- Safety

Pray that your child will be safe in sports, and on the playground.

Day 29- Protection

Pray that God will protect your child from harm’s way.

Day 30- Balance

Pray that your child will learn to balance responsibilities in school, home, and life with God’s help and strength.

How to help your children grow in faith during the school year

Teaching your kids to love God and have a firm foundation of faith doesn’t have to be hard or intimidating!

Use these practical ways to help your kids grow in faith in the year ahead.

  1. Start a family Bible study: keep the family devotional time engaging, meaningful, and cultivate an inviting atmosphere to learn about God’s Word together (even if you’re a total beginner yourself!)
  2. Make the Bible relevant to your child’s life: the Bible is far from dull or boring! Use these FUN Bible study activities to help your child fall in love with God’s Word.
  3. Pray without ceasing: Teach your child to pray and never stop praying yourself! Trust that God has a plan for your child and every child is created in His image.

Grab a printable copy of the 30 Days of Prayer for the New School Year at the link below!

It’s part of the free Back-to-School Printable Pack filled with other freebies to help you all ease back into the school routine!

Grab your free back-to-school printables here

How do you prepare your children for back-to-school? Β What are your prayers for your children as they start a new year?


  1. Thank you so much for sharing this list. I hope more parents will take it to heart. I’ve been teaching 34 years and see how our schools have changed. However, school is a reflection of society, and I think we can all see how much society has changed! I know that your childrens’ teachers will be thankful for your prayers! I hope you have fantastic year. πŸ™‚ I saw this on UNITE Blog Hop.

    1. Thanks, Pam! Thanks for stopping by! We as parents and as teachers need to commit to cover this school year in prayer!!! May God bless your year!

  2. Hello there! I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I so enjoy your site… as a new mom who is already pondering homeschooling and all that that entails, you site is such an inspiring resource and entertaining to boot, so thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

    I nominated you for the Liebster Award on my own site, and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year will bring in content @ Faith Along The Way! Have a great day and don’t forget to check out your nomination below and let me know if you accept!


    1. Thank you SO much for the nomination!!!! I was nominated already but am SO humbled that you nominated me, too! I LOVE your blog and was going to nominate YOU! Ha!!

  3. Love this! It caught my eye at one of the blog link-ups & I scheduled it as a tweet. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks, Renee! I appreciate you stopping by and for tweeting it!

    1. Thanks for the encouragement! I hope your babies have a great start to the school year as well!

  4. Just beautiful, Sarah Ann! I remember so vividly my mom praying with me each morning before school. Even when I was walking through the dark path of teenage rebellion I wouldn’t leave for school until she’d prayed for me. God definitely used those prayers to keep me close to Him until I had enough sense to completely surrender my heart to Him. Thanks for sharing these printables at Coffee & Conversation this week. πŸ™‚

    1. Candy, What a special memory to have of your mother! I completely agree that God uses our parents to hold us firm until we come to know Him. Thanks so much for sharing your heart with us!

  5. Hi Sara Ann I am so glad to find your blog via #SITSSharefest. I love this prayer guide. It definitely will keep our daily prayer time more focused. Thanks for sharing! I will be sharing it on my Facebook page. Have a great weekend! ~Sherri

    1. Sherri, Thank you so much for sharing! May we spread the Gospel and good news to all! Many blessings!

  6. Thank you so much. This is a great share. Stopping by from Sits girls.

    1. Thanks, Samantha so much! So glad you came by and are joining our community of parent prayers!

  7. Thank you for linking this up with The Weekend Brew! I have two in public school this year (9th grade and 6th grade) and you bet I will be praying!

    1. Barbie,

      Best wishes for a wonderful school year for your children! May God work in a mighty way this year!

  8. This is a wonderful way to approach the new school year. My children are grown, but prayer has been one of the best resources I have had to guide them. I’m visiting from the Weekend Brew.

    1. Thanks for visiting, Carol! Do you know any kids in school? Feel free to join the community by praying for those kids you know, even if they are not yours. πŸ™‚

  9. I love this!! Mentally filing it away to remember when my boys are old enough for school.

  10. This is such a great list! MY kids aren’t school age yet but I’ll be keeping this handy for when they are. Thanks for putting this together and sharing!

    1. Thanks, Victoria! It’s never too early to start praying for our kids this way! God bless!

  11. I printed this to have as a daily reminder! I started day 1 and 2 and then forgot. It is so hard to let go and release my Kindergartener into someone else’s hands all week. Most of his day/week are out of my control. But I can pray to the one who IS in control! Keep on encouraging sweet sister in Christ!!!

    1. I understand that feeling of releasing your child to the Lord! Praying for you all as you navigate “big kid” school!

  12. This is a GREAT reminder and print out for us all to have on hand. Thanks for linking up to What You Wish Wednesday. Come back and share the love again today!

  13. I will be a new, first-time “mom” at 49 to my 13-year-old nephew who is coming to live with us for the school year. He’ll be 700 miles from home. His mom emailed me this link. While he doesn’t start school for another two weeks, I’m starting these 30 days of prayer tomorrow! We plan on praying with him every morning before leaving for school — so important that he knows there’s a high authority we bow our knees to. Thanks so much for the printables!

    1. Wow, Diana! What an amazing new role God has called you to! Know that He is with you every step of the way! Thank you for letting me be a tiny part of that journey and please stop by to let me know how things go. Praying for you all!

  14. My kids aren’t school age yet but I love this. As a teacher I pray for my students, and despite being in the public sector, I feel these are things I could pray for them as well.

    1. I understand! I have been a teacher in public school and this was a helpful way to pray for my students.

  15. What a great idea!

    I love the suggestion to pray for our kids as we get ready for another school year. And, I think these would apply whether you are praying for a little guy or 2 college kids like mine!

    Thanks for sharing. Came over on Mommy Moments~

    1. Absolutely! It doesn’t matter if your child is 2 or 20, a mother’s heart should be covering them with prayer in all aspects of life!

  16. i already pinned it – how many parents actually pray for their kids – and for their school?

  17. I just found you on the inspired BN page and LOVE your blog! So bright and fresh. I love this post, I think it will be a huge encouragement to my readers and will be sharing it on my FB page today! Thanks for sharing!

  18. I love this Sarah Ann! My oldest is attending a Mom’s Morning Out program this year. While not technically school and it’s only 6 hours a week, I will for sure be joining you in prayer August 1st! Thanks for putting this together for us. πŸ™‚

  19. Great idea Sarah Ann. Sometimes it’s easy to worry and I forget to pray first, or pray at all. Thanks for this reminder. Thank you for linking up this post for the #RaRaLinkup.

    1. It is so easy to fear instead of pray, yet God gives us that peace in the midst of the storm when we bow our hearts before Him!

  20. Love your list! I hope the idea of praying for the school year spreads like crazy!!!!

  21. Sarah Ann, this is a great list. Thanks for sharing it! Your neighbor at Coffee for Your Heart (and fellow adoptive mama) …

  22. I appreciate this prayer guide. Praying for our kids in school is so needed, especially with all that’s happening in our culture today. Thank you!

    1. I understand, Katy! We live a scary world, but God is still on His throne and in control. πŸ™‚

  23. Christine says:

    This is wonderful. The daily prayers will be a great way to feel good about what is upcoming. Thank you for touching on all the good points in each one. I will be praying 30 days and use some of the prayers with my son. God bless!! Christine

    1. Thank you! Many blessings as you join the community of believers in prayer.

  24. Tomorrow the girls will be going to public school for the first time. They have been homeschooled for two years.They have no idea what will be expected of them or the rules. They will have trouble adjusting to sitting at a desk and asking permission to go to the bathroom. I know that for most kids this is learned in kindergarten. But the girls have been kept from this. Pray for a kind and understanding teacher. And that the teacher be a Christian. Pry that they are not bullied or made fun of for being unknowing. They really need God’s angels all around them as they face this new experience.

    1. Praying SO much for your family! I know how hard it can be to let go and trust in God’s plan! Blessings for your mom heart as you begin this new chapter!

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