I just finished reading Priscilla Shirer’s Fervent for the second time, and it reminded me again of the importance of using Scripture in our prayers, writing our prayers down, and speaking prayers out loud over our families and loved ones. So as the school year begins, use these scriptures to speak blessings over your children on their first days and weeks of school. Download our Back to school Blessings Cards Printable to print out and post the prayer around your house, car, or carry them in your purse/wallet.
- For the school year: Luke 2:52 – God, help [child’s name] grow in wisdom (mentally) and in stature (physically), and in favor with God (spiritually) and men (socially).
- Sunday: Proverbs 1:5 – Father, Your word tells us that a wise man will hear and increase learning and that a man of understanding will attain wise counsel. Lord, give [child’s name] godly teachers who can provide wise counsel and inspire them to search after learning. And once they have learned, give them understanding in how to apply what they know. Make them wise.
- Monday: Philippians 4:6-7 – Lord, I pray that [child’s name] will not be anxious for anything as they go back to school. Call them to Yourself in prayer so that they will submit their requests to You with thanksgiving. Grant them Your peace in their hearts and minds in such great measure that they are blown away.
- Tuesday: Psalm 133:1 – Lord, according to Your word, it is good and pleasant when Your children live together in unity. Father, give [child’s name] godly friends at school with whom they are united. Provide friends who share the same beliefs and interests so that they will have strength in numbers to stand against the schemes and temptations of the Enemy.
- Wednesday: Colossians 3:23 – Father, help [child’s name] to understand that whatever work they do is not to please teachers or even to please their parents, but it is ultimately to please You, their Heavenly Father. They work for You and not for anyone else.
- Thursday: 2 Corinthians 12:9 – Lord, grant that [child’s name] may rest in the fact that Your grace is sufficient to carry them through whatever comes their way. When challenges arise that are too much for them, You are carrying them by Your great strength.
- Friday: Romans 12:2 – Father, this world is not our final home. Help [child’s name] not to be conformed to this world. Help them to set their minds on the fact that we live this life for a greater purpose than entertaining ourselves. Grant that they could be so gospel-minded that they aren’t swayed by the ways of the ungodly, but that they would always live with a crystal clear focus on winning this world to Your kingdom.
Just a few more since it was too hard to pick just 5-6…
Isaiah 54:17 – Father, the Enemy is always on the hunt to harm us. I speak Your word over [child’s name] that says no weapon formed against them shall prosper and every tongue that rises against them in judgment shall be condemned. It is their heritage as Your servants and Your righteousness will protect them.
Philippians 4:8 – Jesus, when we compare ourselves to others, it is easy to focus on ways we don’t measure up instead of focusing on what You have made us to be. In those moments, remind [child’s name] to focus on what is true, what is noble, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and of good report. Lord, if there is anything good or praiseworthy, help her to meditate on those things.
Matthew 5:9 – Jesus, You teach us that those who make peace in troublesome situations will be called Your sons. May [child’s name] be instruments of Your peace in situations full of strife and arguing.
Matthew 5:6 – Jesus, You teach us that You will bless those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. In this world there are many distractions that my children could follow. Place in [child’s name] such a hunger and thirst for Your ways that they aren’t interested in the ways of the world. Consume their thoughts, hearts, and minds with Yourself that they might be filled with You.
Isaiah 43:2 – Lord, school can be overwhelming. Turn [child’s name]’s attention to the fact that when they pass through the waters, You are with them. When they go through rivers, they will not be overtaken. When they must walk through fire, You will be with them and will protect them from being scorched.