living prayers - contemporary prayers for today

contemporary prayers for today

first day of school prayer

photo of childrens decorations in school

Gathered together on this page are several uplifting prayers for children about to start school for the first time, with a prayer poem for parent's to say for their child on the first day of school, and a simple prayer for a child as they start a new school. There are also several encouraging bible verses about teaching and bringing up your children, and two short student classroom prayers.

First Day of School Prayer

(a parent's prayer poem for their child starting school)

Dear Lord,

Fill her (his) heart with peace,
Hold her hand today,
Help her feel secure and loved,
Be with her we pray.
May she smile and make new friends
Paint and learn and play,
Bless the teaching staff who care
For little ones today.
Lift my heart to trust that she’ll
Be overseen by you,
Abba Father cover us
On her first day at school.


Prayer for Children

Cheeky Monkey TV is a great way of helping children learn about prayer. In this episode, Cheeky Monkey has a gadget for helping him to hear better. We then learn a short prayer to help us hear from God:-

Prayer for a child starting at a new school

(a simple prayer for a child to say)

Abba Father,

Thank you for being beside me,
Thank you for this new school.
Please be there to hold my hand,
Please help me to relax and enjoy the day.
Bring new friendships in to my life,
Bring new possibilities to learn and grow.
Help me to pray in my heart to you if I am anxious,
Help me to remember that you are always with me.


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 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)

"Bring new friendships in to my life"

bible verses about educating children

Parents, do not treat your children in such a way as to make them angry. Instead, raise them with Christian discipline and instruction.

(Ephesians 6:4, GNT)

We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord, about his power and his mighty wonders.

(Psalm 78:4, NLT)

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)