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Prayer Before Class: How to Say Opening Prayers (Samples & Guide)

Prayer Before Class: How to Say Opening Prayers (Samples & Guide)

These prayers before class will prepare you for your opening prayers in online or in-person classes, whether you are an instructor or a student.

(UPDATED) If you are still a student, particularly in a Catholic or Christian school, you may be asked to lead a prayer before class begins. Typically, a teacher or instructor will lead a prayer, but students are occasionally asked to offer one.

Prayer in the spirit of faith is beneficial in connecting with the one and only God. Starting a prayer inside a classroom before a class demonstrates that we are faithful to the Lord and acknowledge his presence for a successful class where everyone can learn their subjects.

Usually, prayers such as the Our Father, a central Christian prayer, are offered prior to the start of a class, either online or in person. However, prayers can also be dictated from our hearts, meaning there is no universal format for reciting a prayer unless required. Everyone is free to pray whatever they want as long as it is for the Lord.

You may check below the prayers we wrote here in iTacloban for you to use before class.

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What are good prayers to recite before class?

Any prayer that is offered from the heart is always good. However, if you are unable to recite and dictate a prayer that you desire, you can say the following prayers that we wrote:

Dear Almighty God,

Today is a day we are thankful for. We are grateful for the numerous ways You provide for all of us. We are grateful for Your love and protection. And for that, thank you, God.

Please guide us in concentrating all of our thoughts and feelings on the information that is about to be presented to us. While we are listening and writing, may the Holy Spirit support us and inspire us. As we discover something new around us, may we always be guided by the eternal light that You provide. 

All of this is being asked in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Dear God,

We appreciate You for providing us with a school to attend. We ask You to make this environment one in which we can all grow intellectually, enjoy ourselves socially, and forge lasting bonds with one another.

Our sincere gratitude goes out to the instructors who guide us. We are grateful to have friends who can also teach us new things. And we are grateful for the lovely day you have given us in which to gain knowledge, to be of service to others, and to reflect on the reality of your glory.

In the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Dear Lord Jesus, 

The Father sent you to teach us that he is the source of all that is good, the supreme source of wisdom and knowledge. You are the greatest teacher in history, and you are also our Lord.

Today, as we are gathered in this classroom, we ask that the Holy Spirit be sent to us so that He may assist us in comprehending our lesson, guide us in all that we will learn from our instructor, and keep us as attentive students. 

Inspire our instructor; may he or she be an effective instrument of yours, and may we seek the future goodness of life that you have prepared for us through him or her.

We ask that this prayer be answered through you, who reign eternally with the Father and Holy Spirit, God. Amen.


What is a good prayer for an online class?

If you have an online class and are asked to lead a prayer, you may recite the following prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

You are all-knowing and wise; we are grateful for this day as we begin our class virtually. We seek your wisdom and insight. We are thankful that we have been given the opportunity to expand our knowledge and understanding.

We seek your wisdom so that we can follow the path you have laid out for us, knowing what is right and wrong and avoiding being deceived and tempted. Please impart your wisdom upon us, O Lord, so that we may stay on the path that leads directly to you and remain true to our commitment to this journey.

We pray that everything we learn today will help us advance in our personal and professional lives.

In the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

How do you pray for opening prayers in class?

Many different motivations drive people to pray. Some people turn to prayer during difficult times as a means of self-soothing and acknowledging the existence of a spiritual dimension to life. On the other hand, Christians pray for a variety of distinct reasons.

The act of praying is a form of communication with God. Examples include thanking Him, praising Him, admitting a mistake, and expressing a need. All of these methods of communicating with God are valid.

If this is your first time praying in your classroom and you are uncomfortable because you do not know how to create opening prayers, suggests that the prayer process can be broken down into four easy steps. They are made clear in the prayer of the Lord, which can be found in Matthew 6:9-13.[1]

You may follow the steps below:

Step 1 - Open the prayer by addressing the Eternal Father in Heaven.

Because God is the recipient of our prayer, we begin the prayer by directing our words toward him. The first thing you should do is address God, such as "Dear God," "Dear Heavenly Father," and "Dear Father in Heaven."

Because He is the Father of our spirits, we refer to Him as our Heavenly Father when we speak to Him. He is the one who created us, and we owe everything we have, including our lives, to him as he is our creator.

Step 2 - Express gratitude to Him for His blessings.

The expression of gratitude follows the opening of the prayer, which is addressed to our Heavenly Father. You can begin by saying, "I thank you..." or "I am grateful for...." to introduce yourself. When we pray, we express our appreciation to our Father by naming the things for which we are grateful, such as our homes, families, good health, earth, and other blessings.

Be sure to pray for specific blessings, such as divine protection, while on a particular trip and more general blessings, such as good health and safety while traveling.

Step 3 - Request blessings from Him.

After expressing our gratitude to our Heavenly Father, the next step is to seek his assistance. You can accomplish this in several ways, such as starting your request with "I ask you" or "Help me."

Keep in mind that it is more likely for us to receive answers and blessings if we ask for the strength necessary to withstand the challenges that life throws at us rather than if we ask for the challenges themselves to be removed.

Step 4 - Conclude the prayer in the name of Jesus Christ.

After you have finished admiring the Lord, expressing gratitude, and making your request, you must end the Prayer with "In the name of Jesus Christ," followed by the word "Amen."

Because Jesus is our Lord and Savior and our mediator between death (both physical and spiritual) and life without end, this is something that we do. The reason for this is found in the fact that he is also our mediator.  In addition, we summarize by uttering the word "Amen," which denotes that we approve of or agree with what has been stated previously.

Sample prayer using the above steps:

Dear God,

You are the creator of Heaven and Earth. We are here today in this school seeking knowledge and wisdom because of you. We are grateful for this wonderful day as we learn new things from our instructors.

We ask you to guide us through the lesson, which we hope will improve our understanding of the world around us. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

What are some good prayers to say?

A prayer that comes from the heart is one that can be spoken aloud. You should always offer a prayer of thanksgiving to the Lord from the depths of your heart. You have to give Him the utmost respect with every fiber of your being.

Following your admiration for the Lord, your request should be about overcoming your problems and obstacles, not about removing them. Aside from that, prayers for good health and success are also appropriate to include in your prayers.

How do you pray before learning?

As previously stated, you can pray before your class by following the steps outlined above. You can begin the prayer by addressing God, then express gratitude to him, ask for his blessing, and conclude with the name of Jesus Christ.


Each day of school should begin with a prayer of thanksgiving for the opportunity to learn something new. We hope that these prayers will help you on your journey to share or learn more knowledge, whether you are an instructor or a student. —iTacloban


[1] Bruner, Rachel. "Learn How to Pray in These 4 Easy Steps." Learn Religions. (accessed May 26, 2022).

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