Family Matters: A prayer for students heading back to school

Published on Wednesday, 24 August 2016 12:21 - Written by

Summer break is over. School is once again in session. All across the country, students are heading back to class.

As our children embark upon this new academic year, in addition to making sure they are stocked up on new socks and fresh school supplies, we should also keep them well covered in prayer.

The following C-L-A-S-S acrostic can help. It provides a different prayer emphasis for every day of the school week:


Pray for your children’s classmates. The friends they choose will make a lasting impact on their lives and education. Pray they pick their companions wisely.

“Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” – Proverbs 13:20


Ask God to instill in your children a true love for learning. Pray that they will value their education and strive to do well in their studies.

“Apply your heart to discipline and your ears to words of knowledge…. Buy truth, and do not sell it, get wisdom and instruction and understanding.” – Proverbs 23:12, 23


Remember your children’s teachers, coaches, counselors, and school administrators. Pray that the students would honor those in authority with attentiveness and respect, and that the overseers would show themselves worthy of the trust we’ve placed in them.

“I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be offered on behalf of all …those in authority, so that we may lead quiet and tranquil lives….” – 1 Timothy 2:1-2

S is for SAFETY

Pray that the Lord would protect your children and keep them safe from anyone or anything that would seek to do them harm.

“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” – Matthew 6:13


Ask God to give your children an accurate understanding of their infinite value to Him. Pray that they would be strong in character, would walk in integrity, and would not compromise core principles to gain the acceptance of peers.

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:2

I believe in the power of prayer. Do you? If so, you’ll want to tuck this one inside your Bible and refer to it again. Our students need prayer - not just for the opening week of school, but all year long.

Jennifer Flanders is a lifelong learner and has done her best to fan those same flames of curiosity in the hearts of her twelve children. You can read more about her educational philosophy at