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Back to School Prayers

Gathered together on this page are several inspiring prayers and resources for children, students and teachers who are returning to school. The first prayer is written with younger children in mind, thanking God for the holidays and looking forwards to fun times learning again. There are also two short school prayers, suitable for assemblies and before class starts. For older children and teenagers in high school, there is the famous "Serenity Prayer" (attributed to the theologian and writer Reinhold Neibuhr). There is also a prayer for teachers beginning a new school year, and a simple first day of school prayer.

A back to school prayer for children

Dear Father God,

Thank you for holiday times
For freedom, family and friends.
Help me to keep these happy times in my heart.
I am excited to start school.
To spend time with my teacher and class friends.
Help me to settle back into this new year!
Help me to learn, to grow in confidence
And to have lots of fun.


(a school prayer for children to say from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

School Prayer

a short prayer to say as children return to school:- school prayer

A Parent's Prayer for their Child

Join Julie Palmer from Prayerscapes as she leads us in a beautiful prayer for our children's protection and wellbeing:

The Serenity Prayer

An inspiring prayer for older children or teenagers to pray as they start their new term.

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.


(prayer attributed to Reinhold Neibuhr, 1892-1971)

A Short School Prayer

Almighty God

We give you our school.
We give you all the teachers and staff who work here,
We give you all the children who study here.

We pray our school would be place of great discovery, adventure and creativity.
May it be a place where we love to learn and where we learn to love,
A place where every one is respected and all are deeply valued.
We ask all this through Jesus Christ our Lord.


(A modern prayer from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

A Teacher's Prayer

A prayer sutable for a teacher to pray for their own work and students

Father, please fill me with your understanding as I instruct others,
Help me to see the individual potential of every student I teach.
Father, please fill me with your patience as I teach others,
Help me to keep giving of my time and energy, especially to those who struggle the most.
Father, please give me your divine wisdom as I am with my class,
Show me when I must discipline and when I can show mercy.
Father, help me to depend totally on You,
For You are the source of my strength, courage and peace.

Father, above all, may I love and care for each student I teach.
Show me how to serve as Christ serves
Give as Christ gives
Love as Christ loves.

I ask all this in the precious name of Jesus,
My Saviour and friend.


(A modern teachers prayer from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

child praying

discover more prayers for children to say here

The Lord will protect you now and always wherever you go.

Psalm 121:8, (CEV)

A prayer for children starting school

a prayer for younger children starting school

Dear Jesus,

Please help me as I start my new school
To feel at home,
To make new friends,
To play games,
Learn new things
And enjoy each day.


(a children's prayer from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

read a parent's prayer for the protection of their child here.

Prayer for a Student

An inspiring prayer for a student to pray who is going back to college:-