living prayers - contemporary prayers for today

contemporary prayers for today

prayers for school

This page contains four prayers which are suitable for children or their teachers to say in school assembly at the beginning of the day or before class starts. Further down this page there is a prayer that welcomes God into the life of the school and celebrates all the wonderful activities that the children will be engaged with throughout the day. Below this is a very simple petition appropriate for primary and middle school assembly. The final prayer is a short "thank you" type prayer to God, and could be used with infant or nursery aged children. To begin with, here is a short rhyming prayer that is suitable for learning from memory for young children:-

Short Assembly Prayer

(a very short rhyming prayer, suitable for saying from memory by a young child)

Dear God,

At the start of this school day
Help us to learn and help us to play
To concentrate on all we do
To understand and remember too.


children's prayers

children's prayers

"Let the little children come to me"

(The words of Christ in Mark's Gospel)

"Fill us with happiness as we discover more about the world"

School prayer for assembly

Dear God,

We open the doors wide of our school and invite you in.
Please be in our lessons and help us to concentrate and learn.
Fill us with happiness as we discover more about the world.
Guide our creativity to express ourselves in art, music and movement.
Help us to share, care for and love one another.
Watch over us and protect us as we run and play outside.
Please come and be a part of everything we do today.


School Morning Prayer

(a simple prayer suitable for primary school aged children to say)

Father God

Be with us today
Fill our hearts with joy
Fill our minds with learning
Fill our classrooms with peace
Fill our lessons with fun
Fill our friendships with kindness
Fill our school with love


Short school prayer

(a short prayer of thanks for school life, appropriate for infant or preschool children)

Dear Lord

Thank you for this new day
Thank you for our school
Thank you for the teachers
Thank you for the things we will learn
Thank you for the fun we will have together


bible verses about educating children

" And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up."

(Deuteronomy 6:5-7, NLT)

People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it." And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.

(Mark 10:13-16, NIV)


further reading

arrow rightprayers before class
three simple prayers for the classroom

arrow right closing prayers
prayers for the end of class or school day

arrow right end of year school prayers
prayers for an end of year service or assembly