living prayers - contemporary prayers for today

contemporary prayers for today

prayer before class

Featured on this page are three modern prayers for saying before class starts. Further down is a simple request to God for his protection and that the learning environment would be a fun and enjoyable place to be. The next prayer is a thanksgiving prayer suitable for primary aged children to say. To begin with, here is a short rhyming prayer apppropriate for pre-school or nursery aged children at the beginning of the school day:-

Short prayer for young children


As I work and rest and play,
Be with me all the day.
You are my special friend,
On you I can depend.


(a short prayer suitable for pre-school or nursery aged children)

a short inspiring childrens prayer

Listen to a six year old's story of how praying helped him find a friend at school, and then join with him as he leads us in a short prayer to God:-

"Thank you for all these wonderful things"

A classroom prayer

Dear God

Thank you for our school. We pray it would be a safe place of learning, fun and friendship. Please watch over all our teachers, children and families.

Help us to learn new things, to explore the world together and to play and be happy.

Help us to have love for each other, to have forgiveness at our heart, and to build kindness into every day.


Short thanksgiving prayer for children

Father in heaven,

Thank you for family - watch over my loved ones
Thank you for play - help me to be happy and free
Thank you for my school - teach me to listen and learn
Thank you for food and rest - you give us lovely food and peaceful sleep

Thank you for all these wonderful things,


(a short classroom prayer suitable for primary {elementary} school aged children)


further reading

arrow rightschool prayers
with prayers for primary school assemblies & a rhyming prayer for infants.

arrow right closing prayers
prayers for ending the school day with or for closing class.

arrow right end of year school prayers
prayers for an end of year celebration or school assembly.

arrow right more prayers for starting class
with prayers for teenagers & prmary school children to say, from

bible verses about educating children

"Teach children how they should live, and they will remember it all their life."

(Proverbs 22:6, GNT)

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

(Deuteronomy 6:5-7, NIV)

"Parents, don't be hard on your children. Raise them properly. Teach them and instruct them about the Lord."

(Ephesians 6:4, CEV)