5 Ways to Pray as Your Child Goes Back to School

Just like that, the school bell is ringing and class is back in session! Doesn’t it feel like we were just celebrating the last day of school? With the start of the school year, a new adventure awaits, leaving plenty of reasons to pray as your child hits the books.

This season is so much more than buying new school clothes and school supplies. With all the new, going back to school can bring all kinds of emotions for both you and your child. Rather than stressing all the new, turn to God and let him help your family through this time.

5 Ways to Pray as Your Child Goes Back to School

1. Pray for Your Child’s Well Being
Even if your child is headed back to familiar territory, the new school year can bring all kinds of questions and concerns. There are new friends, new teachers and new anxieties.

Pray for your child’s happiness and stability to accept change.

2. Pray for Your Child’s Education
With every new school year, new curriculum and teaching styles await your child in the classroom.

Pray for an easy transition, focus and understanding.

3. Pray for Your Child’s Teacher
Teachers have one of the hardest and most important jobs. Your child’s teacher will play a pivotal role in your child’s life for this year and many years to come.

Pray for your child’s teacher’s patience, understanding and grace.

4. Pray for Your Child’s Classmates and Friends
What your child absorbs from the world outside of your home comes in a large part from your child’s classmates and friends.

Pray for their friendships, intentions and morals.

5. Pray for a Happy Household
As summer ends, chances are your home has a new schedule. There are early morning wake-up calls, long days of learning at school and extracurricular activities.

Pray for good communication, easy transitions, cooperation and sleep!
During the school year, your time with your child may feel limited. Personally, I always feel like we’re running a race with a few breaks (holidays) that never let us catch our breath. Being intentional with the time you and your child have is key. Consider spending a few minutes each night reading the bible, a book or devotional with your child. This is time that you will never have again, make the best of it!

Looking for a good book or devotional for you and your child? Check out these resources from Tommy Nelson:

Ages 2-5:
Really Woolly Bedtime Bible Promises – Cuddle up with your child, experience the joy of bedtime moments with God, comfort your little one with His promises…just before you turn off the light

Ages 4-8:
Hide and Seek Devotional
– Hide God’s Word in your heart, and seek Him in your life!

Ages 12-17:
Live to Give
– Want to do something for God but don’t know what? Want to help others but don’t know who? Want to know what it is you’re really good at doing? Your gifts may feel small and insignificant, but God can use them to work a miracle!


Who is Molly Thornberg? Molly is someone who loves God, her fabulous husband and their 4 kids. Texas is her home, but she totally hates the heat. After years of being a working mom, she retired that season of life for a new season as a work-at-home mom. This new season can best be described as purposeful insanity. Her days include lots of coffee and kid chasing, and her nights are spent blogging. Molly is the creator of Digital Mom Blog, a site dedicated to moms and technology. She also blogs parenting for Babble. Follow her digital life on Twitter at @DigitalMolly.