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contemporary prayers for today

prayer for exams

This page features four prayers for high school or college students for help with taking exams. The first is a prayer for success for the exam taker, and asks for God's leading and clear thinking whilst taking the test. The second prayer can be said before the exam time and is a simple petition to God for help, guidance and inspiration.

Nerves and anxiety can often get the better of us in stressful situations. The third prayer asks for God's peace to come into the students heart and for them to know that God holds them and cherishes them at this time. Finally there is a short prayer of thanks that can be prayed after the examination. Also further down on this page are bible verses and a video to help receive God's peace.


Calm instrumental music suitable to play during revision times and exam preparation:-

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"Lord, come and remind me of your unfailing love"

Prayer for exams success

(a short prayer for passing an exam)


I pray that you would help me pass this exam. Thank you for your guidance in leading me to this study and for sustaining me as I have worked for this qualification. I ask now that your spirit would lead me. Come sharpen my thinking and help me to excel in this test of my learning and understanding. May I be able to recall everything I need from my studies and answer each question well.


Prayer before exam

(a prayer for guidance and inspiration for an upcoming exam test)


Be with me as I take this exam.
Keep my mind alert and my memory sharp.
Calm my nerves and help me concentrate.
I know that you walk with me,
Guiding my path and inspiring my heart.
I pray that I would feel you with me,
And that your friendship would soften the pressure I feel.
I pray that I would pass this exam and go on to new things with you.
Thank you for your peace and your love in my life.
Thank you for your kindness and care for me.


Prayer for exam anxiety

(a prayer for God's peace to come)

Heavenly Father,

Only your peace can sustain me through the anxiety and stresses of exam nerves. Your peace surpasses all understanding. I ask for this gift and choose to lean upon you at this time.
Lord, come and remind me of your unfailing love.
Remind me that you hold me safe, you understand me, and you cherish me.
I lay down my fears before you.
I leave them at the foot of the cross, for you have overcome the world.
I choose to give you all my concerns, worries and fears of failure.
I trust that your loving hand will hold me through these exams and lead into a bright future.



further reading

arrow rightstudents prayer
a prayer for a student to pray whilst studying at university or college, reminding us that God is our protector and our friend.

arrow rightworry and stress
a page with Christian prayers to help combat anxiety and constant stress.

arrow rightprayers for children
a selection of short prayers for children and young adults, suitable for school and home life.

arrow rightprayers for peace of mind
with a prayer for inner peace and strength, and another for peace and happiness.

peace of mind prayer

A simple prayer to receive God's peace, wth soothing music and tranquil images of birds flying around a lake. About two and a half minutes long:-

bible quotes for taking exams

"Be humble in the presence of God's mighty power, and he will honor you when the time comes. God cares for you, so turn all your worries over to him."

(1 Peter 5:6-7, CEV)

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

(Philippians 4:6-7, NIV)

Short prayer after exam

Lord God,
Thank you for this opportunity to learn new skills and stretch my understanding.
Thank you for guiding me through this time of study into the final exams.
I lay before you all the hopes and fears I have about the outcome.
May you place a peace within me now as I rest and await the results.
Thank you that I am safely held in your love.
Thank you that whatever happens in the future I will live in your goodness and walk with you always.