Preparing for and diving into the back-to-school season can typically be chaotic and stressful. But this year is especially unique and challenging, as Americans continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.
On any given year, prayers for teachers and kids are needed, but the confusion and issues that are abounding this year make invocations that much more essential. While many of us take the time to pray for our kids and family, it’s paramount we also consider a blessing for teachers.
Just consider the fact that (unless you’re homeschooling) educators spend more time with our kids during the day than parents do. This is why saying a teacher’s prayer is essential, specifically when it comes to wisdom and guidance surrounding the new challenges facing our teachers and kids.
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If you’re looking to utter a prayer for teachers, consider some of these options:
Teachers’ Prayer: An Invocation for Guidance
“The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.” - Luke 6:40 (NIV)
Being a teacher is no easy feat. As we consider our back-to-school prayer, be sure to integrate a teacher’s prayer for guidance. These men and women who are helping prepare the next generation need all the guidance and help they can get:
Dear Lord, I pray for [child’s teacher]. Please guide him/her this year as he/she prepares to help my child learn. I pray that You would keep him/her healthy and clear of mind. I also pray that the kids in the class would have good behavior so that [teacher name] can focus on imparting knowledge and wisdom. I also pray for the proper subject matter to be given to my child. In the name of Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
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Prayer for Teachers: Strength
“Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.” - Proverbs 9:9 (NIV)
As you consider a blessing for teachers, keep in mind that education can be a difficult job. The balance between parents, kids and the school system can be exhausting for teachers.
So, as you consider back-to-school prayer options, remember to ask God to help your child’s teacher by giving him or her strength, especially amid challenging times. This same idea goes for principals as well:
Lord, I recognize that prayer for teachers and principals is essential. Please help my child’s teacher and principal have strength and perseverance this upcoming school year. I ask that You would also give clarity so that he/she can focus on academics and imparting knowledge and wisdom on the children. Please help the school year to move smoothly for everyone this year. In Jesus name, Amen.
Back-to-School Prayer: Seeking God
“Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.” - Colossians 3:16 (NIV)
As you look to say a teacher’s prayer before this school year, consider praying for educators’ spiritual health as well. Considering the importance of worldview and our call to love others, this blessing for teachers is especially important:
God, thank You for bringing [teacher’s name] into our lives. Help me and my family to show him/her God’s love. Please guide us in our interactions with [teacher’s name], and please also reach him/her with Your love and knowledge. If he/she isn’t a follower of Yours, we ask that You’d guide him/her in life and in the knowledge and information he/she is delivering to my child. Thank You, again, Lord. I pray for blessings on his/her life. In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.
Blessing for Teachers: Clarity
“Teach them his decrees and instructions, and show them the way they are to live and how they are to behave.” - Exodus 18:20 (NIV)
In addition to strength, clarity is important for educators. As you consider prayer for teachers, be sure to ask God to offer them clarity. Here’s a back-to-school prayer you can utter on behalf of principals, teachers and others in your child’s school:
Lord, as I offer this teacher’s prayer, I ask that You’d give [teacher name] clarity. I pray the same for the principal and support staff. I know it’s important that I ask for Your blessing for teachers — and that they have the mental and spiritual clarity needed to do their jobs well. Life can often get chaotic, but I pray that You give [teacher name] and support staff peace and clarity each and every day this school year. Please use me to help when needed to help lift any burdens. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
Back-to-School Prayer: Homeschooling
“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” - Proverbs 22:6 (NIV)
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Perhaps you’re a homeschooling parent — or you know someone who is homeschooling children. Here’s a prayer you can say if you fall into the first category, as you, too, are an educator worth of a blessing for teachers:
Lord, please guide me as I teach my child/children this year. Homeschooling is an amazing and beautiful experience — one that I believe will best equip my child/children. But please help me to have strength, clarity and perseverance as I navigate my kid/kids’ educational and social needs. Please give me energy and Your grace as I navigate the process. Thank You, Lord. In the name of Your son Jesus I pray, Amen.
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