High school can be a difficult time for many students as they work to transition into adulthood and start their own lives. These uplifting prayers for high school students will help to encourage them for their future success.
Almighty and Everlasting God, you are my rock and fortress. I call upon you to be my shield. As I go back to school, Lord, keep my lamp burning in my studies and relationships. Arm me with strength so that I may be able to handle the different challenges that we face at school. Give me the courage to face each day with grace and love. In Jesus’ name, I believe and pray, Amen.
Lord of Unfailing Love, thank you for showing me unfailing love and kindness. I praise you for enabling me to be a student in this great school. Father, I thank you for our teachers, the administration, the parents and my fellow students. Thank you for protecting me from the terror by night, the arrow that flies by day, the pestilence that stalks in darkness and the plague that destroys at midday. Be with me in everything that I do at school and back at home. It is in Jesus’ name that I believe and pray, Amen.
Lord of Heaven’s Armies, so many bad things are happening in high schools around the world. Many people have lost their lives because of shootings and drug abuse. Lord, save us from the snare of the devil. Cover us with your feathers and help us to find refuge under your wings. I pray to you that no weapon formed against this school or any other school in the world shall prosper. Thank you for watching over us always. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.
Lord, at times, life is rough at school, but with you I know I will excel in my studies. Help me to be patient with my teachers, fellow students, and myself, Lord. Help me not to grow weary in my studies because I will reap the harvest of excellent grades in due time. Give me endurance in all that I do at school and at home. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
Way Maker, Promise Keeper, our Father in Heaven, we ask you to give us wisdom and guidance in all our studies. Help us to make decisions that align with your word and bring glory to your name. Give us clarity so that we don’t fall into the traps of peer pressure. Give us insight on how to manage crucial aspects of our high school life and teach us to listen and adhere to school rules and regulations. In the mighty name of Jesus, Amen.
Love for Others Prayer
Lord God, you tell us in your word to love others as we love ourselves. Help me to show love to every student I interact with when I’m at school. Help me to respect everyone and devote myself to showing others Christ-like love. Forgive my shortcomings and help me to overflow with your love. May I never seek revenge when my fellow students offend me. Instead, let me be quick to forgive them so that they can see the glory of Jesus Christ in me. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
God of Miracles, I cannot handle life at school without you. Give me favor with my teachers and my fellow students. Help me to read your word and meditate on it day and night so that I can be like a tree that is planted by the river bank. Holy Spirit, give me direction so that I can live according to the plans God has for me. Grant my parents favor at their work that they may always have the money to pay school fees in time and take care of our family. Lord, I pray for those students who come from low-income families. Please grant them your favor that they may find people to help them and their families financially so that they can eat, live and study without worry. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
Academic Excellence Prayer
Lord Jesus, I dedicate my studies to you. Give me the knowledge and skills in all subjects that I take. Help me to be at the top and not at the bottom, to be the head and not the tail in every subject. Grant me the grace to understand everything that is taught in class. Help me to be hardworking and not lazy in class and even in extracurricular activities. Lord, thank you for the gifts and talents that you’ve given me. May I use them to bear fruit in my academics and my spiritual life. Lord, help me to depend on your promises, for they are Yes and Amen. Reveal your love and plans to me in everything that I learn. In Jesus’ name, I believe and pray, Amen.
Christ Who Strengthens Me Prayer
Lord of Power, your word says that I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. As we approach exams, help me perform well in all subjects. Give me the wisdom and strength to do exceptionally well. Lord, remove fear from my heart and help me to be as bold as a lion when I take my exams. There are subjects that I find difficult, but Lord, I know that you’re with me, and because of that, I will excel in them. Lord, I have friends who are struggling academically, spiritually and socially. Lord, let them know that you are more than able to help them overcome whatever is going on in their lives. May they draw strength from you alone. Help those who are struggling with addictions. Let your grace be sufficient for them so that they can overcome these addictions. In Jesus’ name, I believe and pray, Amen.
Prayer for Parents to Say for Their High Schoolers
Lord, we put our children who are joining high school into your hands. There is so much we can do as parents, but ultimately you are the one who knows their end from the beginning. May our children not set their eyes and mind on things that don’t glorify your name while at school. Let no harm befall them, dear Lord. Be their source of encouragement, especially when things at school become difficult. Grant them grace to excel in everything they do, and may they never be ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ when they are interacting with their peers. Lord, connect them to good friends that will impact their faith positively for the glory of your name. In Jesus’ name, I believe and pray, Amen.
Time Management Prayer
Father, I always struggle to keep time and end up getting in trouble with my teachers. Lord, help me to manage my time well. Bring order to my life. Let me go to class and do what is needed within the specified time. Holy Spirit, guide me in all my studies and keep me focused on the things that matter in life. Strengthen me with your power that I may resist temptations that distract me and cause me to misuse my time. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
Prayer for My Teachers and Administrators
Heavenly Father, I bring our teachers and administrators before your throne of grace this day. Lord, give them wisdom so that they may be able to lead my school in the right direction. Let those who don’t know you come to know that you’re the only true God who was and is. May they always look up to you in everything that they do. You know the challenges that they’re going through at home and even here at school. Help them, Lord, and grant them peace and joy everlasting. In Jesus’ name, we believe and pray, Amen.
Take Control Prayer
Lord God, Righteous Savior, may your presence fill this school. The Bible says that you are a consuming fire that will consume anything that contradicts your word in this school. Surround the school with your wall of fire. Be with every student, teacher and administrator. Help us to release all that we have no control over to you. Teach us how not to worry about school and the issues of life, for worry only steals our joy and peace. Grant us the desires of our hearts and show us how to glorify your name with everything that you give to us. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.
Right Relationships Prayer
Father, finding the right friends in high school is very difficult. It is easy to succumb to peer pressure. But Lord, you are my shepherd, I choose to listen to your voice and follow your ways. Connect me to the right friends and separate me from people who do not honor your name. Fill my friends and me with your love and help us to understand each other. Help us to forgive each other when we make mistakes and may we always build each other up. In Jesus’ name, we believe and pray, Amen.
Almighty God, you are worthy of all glory and honor. Thank you for granting me the desires of my heart. Lord, deepen my passion for your word that I may share the gospel with other students in my school. May we start and end each day with you. Remind us that you are in charge of every aspect of our lives, including our studies. Correct us when we stray and help us to do everything in love. In Jesus’ name, we believe and pray, Amen.
Here is an amazing video from Pastor Rick Warren as he discusses how you can work towards bringing out the best in kids.
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Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Master's Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years.