Below is a prayer you can pray throughout the school year for your kids, grandkids, or whoever it is that you know starting off the school year — no matter their age! Praying over a child is one of the most profound things you can do for them!
I am praying for _________________.
We know that everything we have and everything we are comes from you (James 1:17). You are the source of all our blessings. For that, we thank you. We thank you most of all for the gift of our children. As they set out on this next step in their journey, help them to find boundaries, yet encourage them to explore the world around them. Give us and them the strength and courage to treat each day as a fresh start to grow in knowledge and wisdom. Help them to see the plans that you have for them (Jeremiah 29:11). By the power of your Holy Spirit, help them to grow in faith, hope, and love so they and the world might experience peace, truth, and goodness.
Most importantly Lord, help us lead our children to you, the one true God, through your son Jesus. Surround them with teachers and students who have lived lives worth imitating. Surround them with followers of Jesus who set examples for them in word and deed. Even in other’s imperfections, help…
Their ears hear your voice,
Their eyes see your presence in all things,
Their mouths proclaim your Word,
Their hearts to be your dwelling place,
Their hands to do the work of a servant,
And their feet to walk in the ways of Jesus.
Together Lord, help us to advance your Kingdom on Earth as it is in Heaven (Matthew 6:9-13, Luke 11:1-4).
In Jesus’ name we pray,