As I write this, many friends and family are posting pictures on social media of their kids returning to school. Some are starting school for the first time, while others are sending their students off to college. It can be a fun time of new beginnings but it can also inspire anxiety. Whether you have specific concerns or are plagued with the “what-ifs” of things that could happen, talk to God about through prayer.
The need and desire to pray can especially be present when your student starts their college studies. Maybe he or she is headed away from the nest to live at the college they will be attending. Or, they have set their sights on completing a program at a local university. Whatever the case may be, you can trust God with them. It will be a lot easier on your heart to be praying while you ease into this new phase of life with your student.
No matter their age, you can pray Scripture you can pray for them – just put his or her name in the blank.
For their heart: May no one take __________ captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. From Colossians 2:8 ESV
For friends: May __________ walk with wise men and be wise. From Proverbs 13:20a NASB
For their future: May the God of hope fill __________ with all joy and peace as he/she trusts in him, so that __________ may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. From Romans 15:13 NIV
For relationships: May __________ guard his/her heart above all else, for it determines the course of __________ ‘s life. From Proverbs 4:23 NLT
For their walk with God: Keep steady __________ ‘s steps according to your promise, and let no iniquity get dominion over him/her. From Psalm 119:133 ESV
For their studies: May whatever __________ does, may he/she do it well. From Ecclesiastes 9:10a NLT
For their safety: May God be __________ ‘s refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. From Psalm 46:1 NIV
A shortened version can be found in the graphics below. One is for all students and one has small changes to address college students.
You may find it helpful to save these pictures to your phone or print them out to remind you to pray. May the Lord bless you and your student as you lift them up in prayer!