Prayer For The New School Year

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It’s that time again.  Time to be thinking about the new school year.

Even though we homeschool year round, we officially “start” the next year September 1.  That means I intentionally focus a part of my prayer time in August to praying over the new school year.

My technique each year is to make a new list over my concerns for the upcoming year.  Before finalizing it though, I review my list from last year to see if it my new list needs any tweeking.

I also like to look at my prayer areas from the previous year and try to realize areas in which I’ve grown.  (That’s what this site is all about–growth–right?)  I am happy to look back at my heart and realize areas that concerned me last year really don’t any more.  He’s working on me Friends!  Praise God!

After this reflection, I make a formal list.  If I’ve got my list done ahead of time, I have a week to pray over each area.  If you look at last year’s list, you’ll notice I only had one day praying over each area.

Some years the Farmer joins me in focused prayer.  Other years he just addresses them on his own.

Here are the five areas of focus I’ve decided to devote myself to this year.  One a week in August.


To have a godly rather than worldly school heart

I myself attended formal education and did not grow up in a Christian home.  I therefore have ingrained in me all the things school “should be.”  I can get caught up thinking, Are we behind?  Should we start doing tests this year?  Am I doing enough subjects?

Believe me, if you have worldly views of school, I get it.

I need to remind myself on the days where our bible time (the first part of the day) runs into math time.  I would much rather be peaceful about the decision to spend a couple of hours on bible time and maybe fit the math in elsewhere.

When something comes up, I need to be at peace with rolling with the punches and handling the situation just the same as if Jesus was physically standing with me–because I know He’s with me even when I can’t see Him.  Why do I act as if He isn’t sometimes?


Religious liberties

Yeah.  I think we’re all perfectly aware of what’s going on in the world.  I don’t need to hash it out.  Our religious liberties are under attack.

I’m praying we will be able to keep as much freedom as possible.

I’m praying that when we do loose more liberties, the Holy Spirit will guide me in creative ways.

And I’m praying that as my children grow up in this environment, they see it happening.  I mean really see it.  The way the children of Egypt did when they wandered in the desert.



There are just subjects that are weaker for each child.  I’m praying for my patience as I guide them.  And I’m praying for their patience (and that they would ask for patience).  And I’m praying that as they are able to ask the Lord for patience and get through things, that, again, they would see the Lord bringing them through.


Learning hearts

Anyone who homeschools understands that a learning heart or a rebellious-I-don’t-want-to-heart can make or break a day.  Or a week.  Or month.  You get it.

I’m praying that their hearts would desire to learn and be hungry for knowledge. And I pray that since the Lord knows what each of their little hearts needs to be motivated, that He teach me how to teach and motivate them as well.

And I’m praying for my heart to desire to rehash the materials they are going over.  I want my heart to be learning as well.



As farmers, the weather and our animals dictate everything we do.  This is not the very rigid, very structured life I grew up knowing.

As Christians, recognizing that someone has a need (even within our own walls), is paramount to moving and being His hands and His feet.

We must be able to drop work when needed.  And we must be able to pick up those school books again when the situation resolves–even if that means longer hours and/or more days.

And my heart must be so open that I purpose to make it look easy and never inconvenient–because they will pick up my frustrations–and learn them–ouch.

Lord, make my heart flexible and joyful in the spontaneous.



The new school year is upon us. How are you praying over it now before it starts?

Do you pray over your new school year?  Whether you homeschool, public school, or you yourself are attending college–what are your areas of focus this year?


20 thoughts on “Prayer For The New School Year

  1. This is such a powerful thought. Our school back in Indiana is starting today and I paused to pray for all involved. Prayer still changes the world !!!!

  2. Thank you for your wonderful post. I am starting my 14th year of teaching high school science. I will be teaching 6 classes a day with 3 different preps. I pray for supernatural strength and for cool breezes in the classroom so we won’t be too hot. Our classrooms don’t have air-conditioner. I pray that the Lord will give me both wisdom and understanding when I am teaching my lessons and that my students will have a willingness to learn. I pray that this year will be a great year for you and your family.
    Thanks again for the encouraging words.

    1. Tona, I can’t imagine how hard it would be to teach high school science in a public school in this day and age. Yes–cool breezes for you–can we all pray for cool weather and supernatural strength for Tona? 🙂

  3. I really enjoyed reading this reminder! We homeschool – it is so easy to worry if we are “behind” but I’ve also committed to praying for my children more this school year, too. Thanks for sharing this!

  4. Great ideas as we start school today. I have a strong willed one starting Preschool and your pray for a learning heart made me think of him. I’ll be adding that to my prayer list, thanks!

  5. Yes, timely reminder for me! We are slowly starting, and today was our first day. We were an hour late. (Can you be late in home school?) But overall the day went well. We will have some adjusting to do with the littles, though. I pray that God gives me grace to roll with the punches, and that the littles fall into a rhythm and routine. I’m also prayerfully offering my oldest up, who might be a handful this year. We shall see.

  6. Thank you for sharing! My oldest will be attending public school this year. I really wish we could homeschool, but due to various reasons, it’s simply not a possibility. It saddens me that I will have to send him off to someone else every day in a couple weeks. You have encouraged me to create my own list of prayers for his school year. We have also grown so much (even just over the summer) and I can’t wait to see what God has planned for us this year.

    1. Wonderful Courtney! If you get a second, share with us what you come up with? I would love to have a pray list for a public school child for others who don’t homeschool to glean ideas off of.

  7. Deborah, thease are some wonderful prayers for the school year. Each year, our church partners teachers with someone to pray for them throughout the year. I will use some of your prompts and also add my own. Thank you!

  8. These are such good thoughts going into the school year! I am a college student starting school in a week 🙂 and so many of these are things that I need to be intentionally praying for myself as well. I also love how many of these things just apply to the Christian walk. When we are going through life we need to be flexible in the situations God has placed us in, have hearts that are open to learning what He wants to teach us, learn patience, and keep a godly focus. Thank you so much for this encouragement!

    1. Meredith, thank you for your encouragement as well. I enjoyed hearing from a college student’s perspective, and am sure other readers will too. Good luck this year!

  9. This is awesome that you take the time to do this. That’s one of the great things about homeschooling–you know the teacher is praying for your kids. 🙂 My kids go to public school though, so that’s why I pray for them AND their teacher. 🙂

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