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)

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.

Heavenly Father, open the minds of our students that they grow in knowledge and wisdom. Bless the skills of our teachers that they provide the best possible learning experience for their students. Guide the administrators to make wise decisions which will benefit our schools.  Bless our schools according to Your will; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

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.

Heavenly Father, You provide rest for our body and soul.  With our students involved in school activities, sports, work, and spending time on school work, the days become long and the nights short. According to Your will, provide adequate physical and mental rest for our students that they may be alert in the classroom and put forth their best effort on their assignments; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

O Spirit of Wisdom, grant Your blessing to the Guidance Counselors and Social Workers who work with our students.  Give them hearts full of compassion as they listen to the concerns of our students.  Give them wisdom to provide appropriate and useful counsel as they work to improve the lives of our students.  Above all, as they empathize with the students they care for, sustain and strengthen them in their own lives that they not become overwhelmed by the service they provide; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.