Prayers For Studying
It’s natural to pray before difficult situations. Many students find comfort (and stress relief) when praying before an exam or test.
A Prayer for Students to Study Well
Lord, bless our students with the kind of study habits that help them do their best. Teach them how to manage their time and energy as good stewards of all You have given them. Show them how to develop their talents, to find the path You have set before them, and to be courageous and adventurous to try new things and learn new skills. Place our students in the kind of classroom atmosphere that will both challenge them and encourage them, but still be conducive to their particular abilities. Show them the importance of learning, remembering that You are always with them, leading them as they acknowledge You daily. Eliminate the distractions in their lives that keep them from excellence. Give them persistence and the desire to follow through with each assignment. When things seem difficult, provide the help they need. Help them to be excited about their studies, to be creative in their endeavors, and to remember Who and Whose they are at all times.
“O my Lord, make useful for me what you hath thought me and teach me knowledge that will be useful to me.”
O my Lord! I ask You for the understanding of the prophets and the memory of the messengers, and those nearest to You.
O my Lord! Make my tongue full of Your remembrance, and my heart with consciousness of You.
(O my Lord!) You do whatever You wish, and You are my Availer and Protector and the best of aid.
O my Lord! Nothing is easy except what You have made easy. If You wish, You can make the difficult easy.
Incomprehensible Creator, the true Fountain of light and only Author of all knowledge: deign, we beseech Thee, to enlighten our understanding, and to remove from us all darkness of sin and ignorance. Thou, who makest eloquent the tongues of those who lack utterance, direct our tongues, and pour on our lips the grace of thy blessing. Give us a diligent and obedient spirit, quickness of apprehension, capacity of retaining, and the powerful assistance of Thy holy grace; that what we hear or learn we may apply to Thy honor and the eternal salvation of our own souls. Amen.
Holy Spirit, Giver of all good gifts, enter into my mind and heart. Give me the gift of knowledge and the grace to use it wisely. Help me in all my endeavors. Give me perseverance and fortitude. Help my memory, that I may remember what I learn and recall it when necessary. Guide me in the classroom. You who are the Way, the Truth, and the Life, let me not be deceived by false teaching. Our Lady of Good Studies, pray for me. Amen.
Prayer Before Studying
St. Thomas Aquinas
Come, Holy Spirit, Divine Creator,
true source of light and fountain of wisdom!
Pour forth your brilliance upon my dense intellect,
dissipate the darkness which covers me,
that of sin and of ignorance.
a penetrating mind to understand,
a retentive memory,
method and ease in learning,
the lucidity to comprehend, and
abundant grace in expressing myself.
Guide the beginning of my work,
direct its progress,
and bring it to successful completion.
This I ask through Jesus Christ,
true God and true man,
living and reigning with you
and the Father, forever and ever. Amen.
— [Translated from Fernand Lelotte, S.J., Rabboni (Paris: Casterman, 1955) by Dr. Chau T. Phan, Rider University.]
O my Lord! I entrust You with what I have read and I have studied.
(O my Lord!) Bring it back to me when I am in need of it.
(O my Lord!) You do whatever You wish, and You are my Availer and Protector and the best of aid.
“My Lord, increase me in Knowledge.”
To Increase Memory
In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful.
Glory be to Him who does not oppress His subject. Glory be to Him who does not chastise the people of the earth with various punishments. Glory be to Him who is kind (and) Merciful. O’ my Lord establish in my mind, light insight wisdom and knowledge; indeed You have power on everything.
For Confidence in God Prayers for College Students
Dear God, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself…
and the fact that I think that I am following Your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe this:
I believe that the desire to please You does in fact please You.
I hope I have that desire in everything I do.
I hope I never persist in anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this, You will lead me by the right road,
though I may know nothing about it at the time.
Therefore I will trust You always,
for though I may be lost – and in the shadow of death –
I will not be afraid, because I know You will never leave me to face my troubles all alone.
A Prayer Before a Test
You understand the difficulties humans face,
and the pressure I’m under right now.
I ask that you guide me as I take this test,
so that I may do my best.
Open my mind,
Clear my thoughts,
Relax my mind and body,
And grant me perfect concentration,
So I may use the knowledge I have gained,
To build up your kingdom,
For the good of all. Amen
— by David Bennett
A Prayer for Guidance in the Day & Exam Ahead
Good morning, Lord! Today’s a new day, a chance for a new start. Yesterday is gone and with it any regrets, mistakes, or failures I may have experienced. It’s a good day to be glad and give thanks, and I do, Lord. Thank you for today, a new opportunity to love, give, and be all that you want me to be.
Today I want to start the day with you on my mind and in my heart. As I dress, let me wear the armor you’ve provided daily: the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith, the belt of truth, the shoes of peace, and the sword of the spirit—with prayer on my tongue: praise for you and petitions for those around me and those I meet.
Feed me today with your daily bread. As the Bread of Life, your food, like manna, will sustain me throughout any trials and hungers. Help me to set my thoughts on things above and to speak only what will help and encourage others. Keep me from putting my foot in my mouth, and help me guard the affections of my heart today, Lord. Make whatever work I do be marked with excellence rather than perfectionism, as I seek not to make a name, but to make a difference. Help me to treat each person I encounter as you would, with respect and love, forgiving others and asking for forgiveness myself when needed.
As I start this day, help me remember that I belong to you, and my desire is to act accordingly. Keep my feet from stumbling and my mind from wandering into distractions that could steal precious time and energy from the most important things you have designed for me. I’m proud to be your child, Lord. And I’m so grateful that you died for me—rising again on your own new morning—so that every day could be filled with the wonder of your love, the freedom of your Spirit, and the joy of knowing you.
I know earthly life is short and fleeting, Lord. But I want to live today as if it were the first or the last day of my life, giving thanks for every good and perfect gift you choose to give. Today, and every day, I want to live my life for you, Jesus. In your precious name, Amen.
Prayer Before a Test
Your love surpasses all fear
I give you the anxiety I feel
I surrender all my worries to you
Clear my mind
Calm my heart
Still my Spirit
Relax my being
That I may always glorify you
In everything I write, speak and do.
Prayer for Successful Testing and Exams
Lord Jesus, You know that I am very anxious about the tests and exams that I have to face very soon, and ask that You would calm my anxious, clouded thoughts. Please calm these nerves that I have, and let me rest in You always. I pray that as I enter the exam, that You will fill my heart with perfect peace that only comes from You. Please also give me clarity of thought, and prompt my mind to remember all the things that I have studied. Give me the wisdom and the ability to transfer my thoughts to paper. It’s in Your precious name I pray, amen.
Prayer For Exam
Come still my heart, O Lord
Calm my nerves and focus my mind.
Father, I lay before you everything I have studied.
May I channel all I have learnt into this exam.
Please give me the faith to believe I can pass this test,
Yet the peace to know that all is well.
Thank you that you are with me no matter what the result,
Thank you that your friendship is eternal.
Prayer for Success on an Exam
Heavenly Father, I ask you to watch over me today as I take a test that is very important to me. Help me to concentrate and and perform at the height of my ability.
With you, all things are possible. Give me a peaceful heart and a quiet mind. Guide my hand and lift my heart towards success with this exam.
Success in my Exams
Dear Lord Jesus, You know that I am very anxious about the exams that I am shortly to face and ask that You would calm my troubled thoughts and still these nerves that I have – let me rest in You I pray. I pray that as I enter the exam You will fill my heart with the perfect peace that only comes from you – give me clarity of thought and prompt my mind to recall all that I have studied – and give me the wisdom and the ability to transfer my thoughts onto the exam paper.
Give me grace in the eyes of the examination board and may they be wise and fair in their assessment of my work.
I pray that You would grant me success in my exams, and that in the future You would guide me in the way that is best for me
Thank You, Amen
Prayer for exam result success
Lord, I have done my best. I now lay this exam and the result at the foot of the cross.
Thank you that this is a place of grace, where I can find rest.
Thank you that I am safe beside you Jesus, that you are with me no matter what lies ahead.
Thank you that I travel with you and live in your blessing.
A Prayer for Final Exams
This is a stressful season, and I’m overwhelmed by the mountain of work ahead of me, yet I trust in you. I know that when I put my faith in you, even when it’s as small as a mustard seed (Luke 17:6), miracles can be accomplished. I pray that as I study in these coming weeks, as I soak up knowledge and memorize facts, as I read and process and write, that you would be renewing my mind and strengthening my spirit. Help me to persevere through the massive to-do lists and the busy schedules, and help me to keep my eyes fixed on you throughout it all.
As I enter my classrooms and exam rooms, I pray you would blanket me in your peace. Ease any anxieties, calm my restless mind, and give me focus on the task at hand. I pray that I would know my worth is in you alone, not in any grade I do or do not make, not in any assignment or test or teacher’s opinion. I pray that I would fear your presence during my exams, and that I would be comforted by your nearness.
Thank you for the gift of this education, Jesus. I pray that these final exams would be a celebration of all I have learned in this season, and that I would be grateful for all that I have experienced and for all the ways I have grown.
May you be glorified, Lord.
Short prayer for students
O Eternal God, bless all schools, colleges, and universities
[and especially __________], that they may be lively centers for
sound learning, new discovery, and the pursuit of wisdom;
and grant that those who teach and those who learn may find
you to be the source of all truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
— “Prayer for Schools and Colleges”, The 1979 Book of Common Prayer, Episcopal Church of America