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Prayers for Teachers, Students, Schools, and Classrooms

Teacher Prayers and Other School Prayers

apple on a biblePrayer is especially important for those that educate others (the stress alone is worth praying for!). These teacher prayers come from a variety of Catholic and other Christian sources. They are for teachers, and for things and people that teachers might pray for (such as students). Besides providing prayers for teachers, we offer prayers for other school employees as well. They work for daycare workers, parents, babysitters, principals, and act as insurance that you and those you care for are being prayed for. Many schools, elementary, junior high, and high school, use these prayers during their morning announcements and in classrooms.


Prayer for School Children - This is a prayer written for students in school. It can be said by teachers and parents.

Prayer for Teachers - This is a prayer that any teacher (professional, parents, etc) can say on a daily basis.

A Prayer for School - Sometimes school is not easy, and this prayer is for school to go well.

Prayer Before a Sports Game - Many Catholic, Christian, and even public, schools pray before sporting events. This prayer is appropriate for this.

Prayer for the Day - Many people want a good prayer just for the day, and this prayer fits the bill.

Prayer for Graduation - Graduation is an important part of a student's life. This prayer, based on a prayer of Francis De Sales, can be used for a graduation.

Prayer Before A Test - Tests can be anxious times, and this prayer asks Jesus for calm and guidance.

A Prayer for School Bus Drivers - Our bus drivers take on an important task, transporting children, so we should not ignore praying for them!

A Prayer for A New School Year - The best way to start off a new school year is with prayer. This prayer fits the bill!

A Prayer for Stress and a Stressful Day - Many modern men and women face a lot of stress at work, home, and in school. This prayer reminds us that Christ gives us refreshment and peace.

A Prayer for the Anniversary of 9-11 - This is a great prayer that can be used in a classroom or school assembly, on the anniversary of the 9-11-2001 terrorist attacks in New York City.

More Prayers

Prayer For Educational Institutions
Eternal God
Bless all schools, colleges, and universities,
especially __________,
that they may be lively centers for sound learning,
new discovery, and the pursuit of wisdom;
and grant that those who teach and those who learn
may find you to be the source of all truth;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Book of Common Prayer, USA, 1979

Prayer For Knowledge and Strength
Give me O Lord, I pray Thee
firm faith, unwavering hope
perfect charity.
Pour into my heart
the Spirit of wisdom and understanding
the Spirit of counsel and spiritual strength
the Spirit of knowledge and true godliness
and the Spirit of Thy holy fear
Light eternal, shine in my heart
Power eternal, deliver me from evil
Wisdom eternal, scatter the darkness of my ignorance
Might eternal, pity me
Grant that I may ever seek Thy face
with all my heart and soul and strength;
and, in thine infinite mercy,
bring me at last to Thy holy presence
where I shall behold Thy glory
and possess Thy promised joys
St. Alcuin of York (735-804)

Prayer For Knowledge of God's Creation
Almighty and everlasting God,
You made the universe with all its marvelous order,
its atoms, worlds, and galaxies,
and the infinite complexity of living creatures:
Grant that, as we probe the mysteries of your creation,
we may come to know you more truly,
and more surely fulfill our role in your eternal purpose;
in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Book of Common Prayer, USA, 1979

Prayer For Patience and Gentleness
Bestow on me, O Lord,
a genial spirit and unwearied forbearance;
a mild, loving, patient, heart;
kindly looks, pleasant cordial speech, and manners
in the exchanges of daily life;
that I may give offence to none,
but as much as in lies,
live in charity with all men.
Johann Arndt, (1555-1621)

Prayer For a Willingness to Serve Others
Lord, make us instruments of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let us sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is discord, union;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
Grant that we may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.
St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226)

Prayer For a Neighborhood School
Heavenly Father
You have made human beings in such a way
that all education is most important for their welfare.
Our neighborhood school is lacking _________
and can barely teach our children basic morals and knowledge
that they need in order to live in union with others
and with You, their Creator.
Help us to restore our school
so that our children may receive knowledge of You
And of Your Son, which is eternal life. Amen
New Saint Joseph People's Prayer Book, adapted

Prayer For Wisdom and Understanding
Teach me, O my Lord Jesus,
instruct me that I may learn from Thee
what I ought to teach concerning thee.
Anglican Archbishop William Laud (1573-1645)

Prayer to Follow God Completely
O My God
give me your grace
so that the things of this earth
and things more naturally pleasing to me,
may not be as close as you are to me.
Keep my eyes, my ears, my heart
from clinging to the things of this world.
Break my bonds, raise my heart.
Keep my whole being fixed on you.
Let me never lose sight of you;
and while I gaze on you,
let my love of you grow more and more every day.
John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

A Prayer of St. Augustine
O, God,
Grant us in all our duties your help;
in all our perplexities, your guidance;
in all our dangers, your protection;
and in all our sorrows, your peace.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
our body, and our blood,
our life and our nourishment. Amen.
St. Augustine (354-430)

A Prayer For God's Inspiration
May everything we do
begin with your inspiration
and continue with your saving help.
Let our work always find its origin in you
and through you reach completion.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen
The Liturgy of the Hours, Week I

Prayer for the Light of God
O Lord, thou greatest and most true Light,
whence the light of the day doth spring!
O Light,
which dost lighten every man that cometh into the world!
O thou Wisdom of the eternal Father,
Enlighten my mind,
that I may see only those things that please thee,
and may be blinded to all other things.
Grant that I may walk in thy ways,
and that nothing else may be light and pleasant.
John Bradford (1510-1555)

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