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A Prayer For College Students

The dangers of the digital age are many, but I sometimes worry that we’ve failed to adequately prepare our children to face them. As they transition from childhood to adulthood (a time which is already difficult enough), they’re forced to make decisions that may have a lasting or irreversible impact on their future. We live in a world where moving forward too quickly means failure, and yet moving too slowly may cause the same thing. We don’t want our children to slow down, because it’s important for them to always be challenged, growing and learning. But we don’t want them to move forward so quickly that they can no longer look back at the life they had before.

The trials and tribulations of the college student are real.

I know you’re going through it right now, because I went through it too. I just want to remind you that you don’t have to do this alone. God is with you—all the time, no matter what. You don’t even need to be in church or in a Bible study group or on your knees in prayer—He’s there for you to talk to whenever you need Him.

And He knows exactly how you feel, because He’s been there before. He understands when your professors make unfair demands on your time and energy; when your friends don’t understand why it’s so difficult to balance schoolwork with extracurricular activities; when you’re feeling so lonely at school that even the thought of leaving your room makes you nauseous.

A Prayer For College Students

Lord God, Thank you for this opportunity to learn new skills and stretch my understanding. Thank you for guiding me through this time of study into the final exams. I lay before you all the hopes and fears I have about the outcome.

I know it feels like no one understands what it’s like being a college student today—but God does!

Dear Lord,

I ask for your guidance as I enter the next phase of my life. I know that you have a plan for me and that you have the power to make all things new. I pray that you will continue to bless me with wisdom and discernment, so that I may be able to discern what is truly important in this world. Help me to be wise in my choices, but also help me to be humble enough to accept your guidance when it comes. Help me to remember that there is an end goal and purpose for everything in life, even if we cannot see it right now. Help me to stay focused on the bigger picture, rather than getting caught up in the details of things that don’t matter so much. May your love and grace carry me through these next four years!

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Heavenly Father, I ask that You would be with me as I continue my college education. As I start classes this week, I pray that You would help me to be diligent in my studies and faithful in my work. So often I am tempted to do the bare minimum. But that is not Your way for our lives. In all things Godliness and excellence of character should mark our lives.

Heavenly Father, I ask that You would be with me as I continue my college education. As I start classes this week, I pray that You would help me to be diligent in my studies and faithful in my work. So often I am tempted to do the bare minimum. But that is not Your way for our lives. In all things Godliness and excellence of character should mark our lives.

I know that studying is hard work but it is a labor of love and brings great joy; even though there will be times when it seems hard or frustrating, we need to look at each task as an opportunity for growth in our relationship with you (and each other).

Lord lead us into productive learning environments where we can gain knowledge through study but also through service – this will prepare us for serving others outside the classroom later on down the road.”

As I go through this new school year, help me to keep my eyes on You, the Author and Perfecter of my faith. May the pursuit of knowledge never take precedence over a life filled with You — with Your word, Your presence, Your wisdom. Help me to stay busy about Your business and focused on serving You and others.

The last thing you want to be is a professor who’s going through the motions. You need to be a pro at teaching your students the ways of God, because they’ll be learning from your example.

Your job is to teach them how to put God first in their lives. That means that all other things should take second place behind faith—including education and even career success!

You can’t possibly expect anyone else to follow you if you’re not leading by example.

Keeping your faith at the center of your school life will benefit you in many ways.

Keeping your faith at the center of your school life will benefit you in many ways. You will be able to:

  • Maintain academic integrity and avoid cheating on exams or papers by not being tempted by peer pressure.
  • Stay mentally healthy and work through any anxiety or stress you may have, thanks to having a spiritual support system that helps you keep things in perspective and see things for what they really are (i.e., temporary). This can also help in times when life’s not going well for you because it gives you something else to focus on besides getting stressed out about all of those other things going wrong in your life; one thing at a time!
  • Build strong relationships with other students who share similar values as yours, which leads us right into our next point: social connections! It’s often easier than people realize when they come together with others who share similar interests (in this case religion), but it takes effort too–you’ll need patience when building these relationships since some people might not be as open-minded right away… only time will tell how successful each person becomes during their college career and beyond!

scripture prayers for college students

Knowing how to encourage your student when he/she is away at college can be difficult. You’re no longer there for the day-to-day, so you don’t always see the struggles. However, God’s Word never returns void.

Whatever pressures your student may be facing — whether studying, taking exams, school-related stress, relationship issues, or something else — each of the Bible verses below can speak truth to your student and provide reminders of God’s unshakeable love.

Because no matter the circumstance, God works all things together for our good and His glory (Romans 8:28).

  1. Deuteronomy 31:6
    “…for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

As exciting as it is for our teenagers to be taking those steps toward independence, the journey for many isn’t always easy. For kids who spent K-12 wrapped in relative stability and ease, the transition to college {for some} can feel unsettling at best to completely overwhelming at worst.

Being able to remind our children that God is on their side, that he is a promise keeper, is an excellent place to start. Because whatever fears we face, God is there.

  1. Psalm 34:17-18
    “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

Our God sees. He is not uncaring or uninvolved in the plight of his children, even when some of the trials we face are of our own making. Throughout the Bible, we see God responding to the cries of his people (Genesis 31:42, Exodus 2:24–25, Deuteronomy 26:7, just to share a few). We are never alone. God hears us; he sees us, and he acts.

  1. Psalm 145:18
    “The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.”

But the good news? The God of the Bible is the same today and for always. Like the song, Ancient Words, by Michael W. Smith remind us:

Holy words long preserved
for our walk in this world,
They resound with God’s own heart
Oh, let the Ancient words impart.

It’s important we remember that we can cry out to God, and when our children are in the middle of heartbreak and trouble, we need to remind them of this, as well.

  1. 1 Peter 5:7
    “Cast all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.“

When the things of this life seem too much, we have hope in the Lord. Sometimes we face seasons of struggle, and it can feel crushing.

As our teenagers enter college, they are faced not only with academic challenges but also with challenges to their faith and moral beliefs. For many of them, this might be the first time in their lives where they’ve felt such pressures.

  1. Isaiah 40:30-31
    “Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall, but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

As you are listening to them share their struggles, let them know they are not alone. Knowing that God loves them and wants only the best for them can be hard to hear when you’re in the middle of something that either “is” or “seems” devastating.

  1. Isaiah 41:10
    “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

As we grow in faith, it’s easier to place our trials in perspective, but in youth, gathering those experiences often just seems painful and unfair. Pray over them; pray with them; pray for them. As your teen struggles, pray that he or she will see God move.

  1. Jeremiah 29:11
    “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

I love this verse, but let’s not forget that God spoke these words to the Israelites while in captivity and exile. God’s people were in a place of deep trouble; life was hard.

Yet, in the midst of struggle, God reminded the Israelites they were not forgotten. That still is true today. I want my children to know (regardless of their age) that God is moving even when they feel lost or lonely or rejected.

  1. Romans 8:28
    “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
    (Romans 8:28)

God’s unique plan for all of our lives still marches on, and perhaps the hardship simply is a season of preparation for what comes next. Whatever your child is facing—whatever your family is facing—God’s plan includes goodness and hope.

  1. Philippians 1:6
    “…[be] confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

As our teens step into college life, they also begin testing what they believe. For some, the freedom and independence that comes from being “alone” (i.e. not directly under a parent’s supervision) on a college campus tempts them to push and explore new boundaries.

  1. Colossians 2:6-7
    “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”

Dr. Jim Denison shares this about sin:

“Sin always takes you further than you wanted to go, keeps you longer than you wanted to stay, and costs you more than you wanted to pay. Always.“

Painful life lessons can be the result. As a parent of young adults, I often pray two things: 1) that their hearts will be pierced to recognize the sin in their lives and 2) that they will have the faith and courage to turn from it.

Our sins are a heavy burden to bear, but in Jesus, we find freedom.

  1. Matthew 11:28
    “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.“

As your child enters college, rejoice! It’s an exciting and transformative time. God blesses us with children, but it’s our job to raise them, not keep them.

  1. Philippians 4:6-7
    “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.“

prayers for struggling college students

As Christians we are continually encouraged and even admonished to pray for one another. As our children grow and go off to college our prayers for them are essential as they begin to face “the real world”. They need to remain in prayer as well. Here are seven good prayers for college students that you might want to use as you pray. These can easily be adjusted for use by the student or by others who love them and want to lift up intercessory prayers for college students.

Praise and Worship 

Dear Lord, as I continue in this new college life help me never to forget to devote time of praise and worship to You. I know that you are the One who sustains me and the least I can do for everything that You have done for me is to dedicate time to You. Help me to know that renewing my mind in You is a necessary part of my life. Nudge me out of bed on Sunday and if there is a good mid-week service please make it so I can go to that too. Send new friends my way that are like-minded Christians who will attend services with me and hold me accountable when I am absent. I love you Lord and I want to praise and worship You. In Jesus name, Amen

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Romans 12:1-2) 

Instructors and Administrators 

College students have new leaders as they begin this venture in life. Remember to pray for those leaders – they are the ones that have the greatest influence on students.


Dear Lord, I pray for all of my Instructors, Professors and Administrators.  As we are told in the Bible, as a student (disciple) our teachers are above us and as we grow and learn we strive to be like our teacher. Please give them the wisdom, strength and courage to be the best instructor and administrator that they can be. Help them to stay healthy as they do well to teach us. Lord, if they do not know you as personal Savior, I pray that they come to know you and in doing so that their instruction and work is glorifying to You. I pray this in Jesus name. Amen.

The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master. (Luke 6:40) 

Time Management 

One of the most difficult things for college students to learn is time management. Success in college requires goal setting and time management. It is easy to lose track of time when students are making new friends and spending time in social gatherings. Time must be allocated to proper study and rest as well as fun.


Heavenly Father I pray that you will give me the guidance that I need to have fun while still maintaining a schedule of proper study and needed rest. Help me to know that sometimes I need to “bow out” of a particular social event in order to meet the needs of academic success. Protect me as I seek your help in scheduling time for everything. I love you Father and pray this in Jesus name, Amen.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: (Ecclesiastes 3:1) 

Quizzes, Mid-terms and Finals

Help me to shine the light of Jesus to them so that they too can see how happy I am in You.

Dear God, I have learned so much and right now I just ask that you help me to remember all of those things. Please bring them quickly to mind so that I may successfully pass my tests today. Help also my classmates who are studying for exams, that they might have great success. I know that our success will glorify you Lord because everything that we do should be done as unto You. I pray for peace as I sit for the exams and I know that peace comes only from You. Thank you for listening to my prayer and I pray this in Your Son’s name, Amen.

And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;   Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3:23-24)

Home Visits 

Dear God, I so enjoy my independence while away at college. As I plan a trip home for a visit please help me to honor my parents as I obey the house rules that they have. I know that the rules are there for my own good. Help me to show that while I have gained independence during my time away that I understand that it is their house so I must obey their rules. Lord, I think this might be hard for me but I know that You will guide me and gently remind me of the honor that is due to my parents while I am in their house. Please grant me my desire dear Lord, In Jesus name, Amen.

Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; (Ephesians 6:2) 


Dear Lord, I come to you because I want to be sure that I am keeping company with this right people. God I know that relationships require careful cultivation and attention. Help me to be friendly to others and to welcome them into my world. Help me to shine the light of Jesus to them so that they too can see how happy I am in You. Remind me that sometimes I need to ask forgiveness when I have offended others. Help me to be forgiving when others have offended me. God I want to be a great example of Christianity to everyone I meet. I pray that you will help me never to forget that I must take time to work on relationships … just like a garden, for them to grow I must be devoted to them. I pray in Jesus name, Amen.

A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is friend that sticketh closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24)

Purity in Thought, Word and Deed 

Dear Precious Father, as I learn to live independently outside of the boundaries that were set for me at home, please help me to make good choices that will keep my thoughts, words and deeds pure. I want to honor You with my choices. As I choose how I spend my time remind me that You are always with me and that my choices should be things that please You. Help me to stay away from the things that will temp me to do the things that I know are not edifying to You. Remind me that it is my choice and that I can talk to You any time that I am having troubling making good choices. Keep me in the company of others that have a good walk with You so that I too can have a good walk. I know you will guide me and for this I am so thankful. I know Your wisdom is pure, help me to desire only Your wisdom. I pray this through Jesus, Amen.

But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. (James 3:17).

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