living prayers - contemporary prayers for today

contemporary prayers for today

prayer before class

overhead photo of classroom craft activity

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 prayer suitable for saying before class or at the beginning of a school day:-

prayer before class

a prayer to say before starting class

Cheeky Monkey TV!

Teach children how to pray with this fun resource. Here monkey learns what prayer is about, and then we are invited to pray a short prayer with him:-

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 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

"Thank you for all these wonderful things"


click here for prayers for teachers

School Morning Prayer

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

Father God,

Come 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.


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)