First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. (1 Timothy 2:1-2 ESV)

O Lord God, heavenly Father, according to Your Word, we bring before Your throne all who are in high positions over our schools. Grant wisdom especially to the State Superintendent of Schools and the State Legislators as they weigh the needs of our students and pass legislation or develop policies which affect the learning taking place in the classroom. Grant wisdom to the local school boards, District Superintendents and Building Principals as they work to carry-out the directives given to them. Grant wisdom to our teachers who ultimately are the ones who instruct our students. Bless them with hearts that care for the students in their classrooms as they strive to impart knowledge to the best of their ability; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Almighty God, merciful Father, who created and completed all things, on this day when the work of their calling as students, teachers, staff and administrators begin anew, we implore You to create the beginning, direct the continuance, and bless the ending, that all they do may be preserved from sin, their lives may be sanctified, and their work this day be well pleasing to You; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. (adapted)

Merciful God, Your Son, Jesus Christ, was lifted high upon the cross that He might bear the sins of the world and draw all people to Himself. Grant that we who glory in His death for our redemption may faithfully heed His call to bear the cross and follow Him, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  (Collect for Holy Cross Day)

Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:5-6)

Heavenly Father, You instruct us to not be anxious about anything, but to bring our requests to You. Grant peace of mind to any in our school who are anxious, concerned, or worrying about schoolwork, classroom management, family issues, friendships, illness, injury, or whatever troubles them.  Make Your presence known and calm their troubled hearts and spirits; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

And you, who were once dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. (Colossians 2:13-14 ESV)

Lord God, heavenly Father, Your only Son, Jesus, was nailed to the cross also for our students when they do not always make the right choices or decisions. Grant repentance to those who give in to the temptations of the flesh, and cancel the record of their sin for the sake of Your Son, Jesus, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

And so … we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. (Colossians 1:9-10 ESV)

Stir up, O Lord, a willingness in our students to learn and study all that is presented in the classroom that they, putting forth their best effort, might be rewarded well for what they accomplish. Grant also, by Your Word and Spirit, a spiritual wisdom and understanding, that increases their knowledge of You and produces in them good fruits of faith; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

As we mark the sixteenth anniversary of the terrorist attack upon our nation and as threats of more attacks are faced each day, today these prayers are offered also for our nation:

Gracious God, heavenly Father, as we commemorate the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on our nation, we pray for Your care for those who continue to suffer or grieve. Mercifully embrace those who continue to rebuild their lives from this senseless attack. Give them the hope that only You can provide in Christ Jesus. As our students learn of this event in school, remind them also of the need for Your grace and mercy in their lives.  Hinder every act of evil and terrorism, and bring an end to all violence and bloodshed in our world.  Remind us that we have a better country, that is, a heavenly one that awaits all who trust in the redeeming sacrifice of Your Son, Jesus, upon the cross of Calvary; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.