30 Days of Prayer for the New School Year

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It’s that time of year where new clothes are purchased and organized  supplies are awaiting the big event; the first day of school.

Whether you or not you are sad to see the summer come to a close, a new school year is upon us all.

It’s a fresh slate and a time of new opportunities.

Grab the FREE prayer guide to pray for your kids headed back to school. These specific prayers for your kids will help you start the new year on a solid foundation.


As a parent of two children heading to school, I am especially sensitive of this experience and am looking for ways to ease the transition for us all.

But before I do anything else, I am committing to pray every day starting August 1st for my children’s new school year.

Will you join me for 30 days of prayer for your child and the new school year?

So get your tissues ready {or maybe I am the only one who is teary in sending the kids off to school}, and hit your knees. Let’s dedicate 30 days to pray 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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Grab a printable copy of the 30 Days of Prayer for the new School Year FREE for subscribers to Faith Along the Way!

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

About Sarah Ann

Sarah Ann is a perfectly imperfect wife and mother, and is thankful for the saving grace of the Lord. When she’s not busy folding yet another load of laundry or comforting a crying child, she enjoys studying God’s Word, writing, and spending time with authentic friends. She's passionate about equipping women to live with intentional faith, family, home, and habits at Proverbs31Mentor.com. Join her for biblical encouragement and practical lifestyle tips to help you live on mission for the glory of God.


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    Pam Garrett July 29, 2014 (7:42 am)

    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. 🙂 I saw this on UNITE Blog Hop.

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      Sarah Ann July 29, 2014 (8:25 am)

      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!

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    The Blossoming Bump July 29, 2014 (11:04 am)

    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! 🙂

    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!


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      Sarah Ann July 29, 2014 (10:56 pm)

      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!!

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    AmieJo July 29, 2014 (11:56 pm)

    This is a great idea.

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    Renee @Doorkeeper July 30, 2014 (8:18 am)

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

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      Sarah Ann July 30, 2014 (8:20 am)

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

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    Khit M. July 30, 2014 (12:31 pm)

    Pinned it 🙂

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    EmbracingtheSpectrum (@EmbraceSpectrum) July 30, 2014 (3:12 pm)

    this is a new and interesting way to prepare for the year! 🙂 very nice.

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      Sarah Ann July 30, 2014 (10:33 pm)

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

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    Candy July 31, 2014 (8:57 am)

    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. 🙂

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      Sarah Ann August 1, 2014 (5:49 pm)

      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!

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    God Life Happy Wife August 2, 2014 (9:53 am)

    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

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      Sarah Ann August 2, 2014 (7:54 pm)

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

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    Samantha August 2, 2014 (10:40 pm)

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

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      Sarah Ann August 2, 2014 (10:54 pm)

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

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    Barbie August 2, 2014 (11:25 pm)

    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!

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      Sarah Ann August 3, 2014 (7:58 am)


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

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    Carol August 2, 2014 (11:40 pm)

    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.

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      Sarah Ann August 3, 2014 (7:58 am)

      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. 🙂

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    Lexy August 3, 2014 (9:01 pm)

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

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      Sarah Ann August 3, 2014 (9:18 pm)

      Thanks, Lexy! Just pin so you’ll be sure to have it! LOL!

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    Victoria @ Creative Home Keeper August 5, 2014 (9:10 am)

    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!

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      Sarah Ann August 5, 2014 (11:22 am)

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

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    Keri August 6, 2014 (9:11 am)

    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!!!

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      Sarah Ann August 6, 2014 (12:58 pm)

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

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    Leslie August 6, 2014 (10:18 am)

    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!

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    Diana August 6, 2014 (11:26 pm)

    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!

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      Sarah Ann August 7, 2014 (7:54 am)

      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!

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    Kristy July 26, 2015 (9:56 pm)

    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.

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      Sarah Ann July 27, 2015 (2:06 pm)

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

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    Melanie Redd July 27, 2015 (8:22 am)

    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~

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      Sarah Ann July 27, 2015 (1:59 pm)

      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!

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    Andi July 28, 2015 (7:49 am)

    i already pinned it – how many parents actually pray for their kids – and for their school?
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    Rebecca from Hip Homeschooling July 28, 2015 (10:42 am)

    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!
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    Kelsey Ferguson July 28, 2015 (5:00 pm)

    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. 🙂
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    Katie M. Reid July 28, 2015 (7:30 pm)

    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.

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      Sarah Ann August 12, 2015 (11:14 am)

      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!

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    Cheri Gamble July 29, 2015 (10:53 am)

    Love your list! I hope the idea of praying for the school year spreads like crazy!!!!
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    Lois Flowers July 29, 2015 (11:39 am)

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

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      Sarah Ann August 12, 2015 (11:11 am)

      Thank you for stopping by!

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    Katy Kauffman July 29, 2015 (11:28 pm)

    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!

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      Sarah Ann August 1, 2015 (8:11 am)

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

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    Heather @ My Overflowing Cup August 2, 2015 (12:16 am)

    Sarah Ann, I love this both as a mom and as a teacher!

    Thanks so much for sharing this!

    Blessings to you and yours.

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    Christine August 5, 2015 (3:07 pm)

    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

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      Sarah Ann August 7, 2015 (6:03 pm)

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

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    martha August 9, 2015 (8:26 am)

    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.

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      Sarah Ann August 12, 2015 (11:08 am)

      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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    Sarah Ann August 12, 2015 (11:14 am)

    May it bless many families as the new year begins!

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