6 Soul-Strengthening Prayers for a Daughter Graduating

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Your daughter is graduating.  How did time move so fast?  She was crawling, learning her ABC’s and graduating preschool just yesterday, it seems, doesn’t it?

At whatever point in life she is leaving and moving to the next, you can be assured she will always be your daughter.  As you pray for her, your heart will fill with God’s peace.

I know what it can feel like as I’ve watched my own daughters step through life via graduations from each of their schools.  I’ve prayed prayers like the ones below many times and have discovered comfort and strength each time. I encourage you to pray these prayers whenever you need them.

One thing I’ve clung to throughout my daughters’ lives has been the truth enveloped in this scripture:

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.  I will be found by you,” declares the Lord” (Jeremiah 29.11-13 NIV).

Let these six soul-strengthening prayers for your daughter lift your heart, give you peace, and calm your nerves.

Prayer for Daughter Graduating High School

Dear God, I can’t believe my little daughter is now 18 and leaving high school as a graduate!  I just taught her to drive a couple years ago and now she’ll use that skill to drive away to college.  I’m proud of her Lord, but I’m already missing her and she hasn’t left yet!

Help me support her Jesus, and celebrate her big moment.  The focus needs to be on her, not me.  I feel strengthened even as I pray now.  Thank you Lord.

We give you thanks and praise for your how you’ve covered her college expenses.  Through her hard work over the last four years and activities, she earned enough scholarship money and grants to pay for all expenses.  What a blessing Lord!

I was crying over her as she went to kindergarten and now she’s got a cap and gown and graduating high school!  This feels like too much to handle–I’m overwhelmed and happy all at the same time, God.

Prayer for Daughter Graduating College

Father God, my daughter will soon be a college graduate.  She’s one of the first in our family to do this and we are so proud.  I know she’s happy but I also know she’s scared.

She’s been in school her whole life and now she is entering into the “grown-up” world.  “I’m starting my adulting phase,” she said to me the other day.  Continue to guide her Lord.

I understand where she’s coming from, so I pray for her.   She knows so much and has grown in her decision-making these last few years.  But I lift her to you in prayer because there’s still so much she hasn’t experienced yet.

Thank you for how you’ve increased her confidence in herself and her abilities.  We are grateful for the job she was able to get hired for.  This is a bittersweet time for us, God.  My little girl is now an adult and fully leaving home to go to work.  We rejoice that you are guiding her by your Spirit.  In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

A Short Prayer for My Daughter Graduating

God in heaven, my daughter is graduating?  That’s a hard sentence to say, much less pray!  I rejoice in her journey and how far she has come.  She’s overcome obstacles and made it!  She achieved her goal!  I’m so proud of her Lord and pray your blessings upon her, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Prayer for Daughter Going From Elementary to Middle School

Dear God, my little baby is growing up.  She’s already made it through elementary school. I know it’s not really a graduation, but she is leaving the only school she has known to got to the big middle school with all these other students.  I worry but ask for your hand upon her to protect her.

Guide her to new friends and activities.  She’s going to hit puberty in a year or so too.  Help me parent her and love her through that strange time in her life.

With each year, I feel some of the childhood innocence is going to lessen.  She’s going to be exposed to so much in the next 2-3 years, Lord.  I ask for inner strength for her.

Let us celebrate the moment of where she is, and look forward with hope to what is ahead next year, in the comfort of the One who is Lord, Jesus Christ, Amen.

Prayer for Daughter Graduating Medical School

O God, the Great Physician, my daughter is going to be a doctor.  I ask you to let your healing flow through her to heal others.  Her empathy makes her care. Guard her heart in Christ Jesus so she does not get burned out with compassion fatigue.

We praise you for your provision to cover most of the bills for medical school.  She still has some loans to pay off, but we know you are Provider. We celebrate this great achievement and are so happy for her.

Will you reach into her heart in this moment and give her peace about her future?  It seems so mapped out, but prepare her for detours and setbacks.  Fill her with your kindness, especially through the long shifts and sleepless nights of residency.

We praise you for this moment of graduation from medical school and the long journey to get here.  We give thanks through Jesus Christ, Amen.

Prayer for My Daughter Graduating Law School

O God of justice and mercy, I pray to you for my daughter.  She is graduating from law school–my sweet angel is going to be a lawyer!  Lord, help me absorb the weight of this moment in her life.

She was always standing up for the underdog, even in grade school.  You instilled in her a desire to fight for the the weak, the ignored.  Holy Spirit gave her a heart for the least of these.  Thank you for her sense of justice that gets lived out.

I pray for her as she now takes what’s always been in her heart and uses that in the legal world to extract justice for those in need of it.  What a delight to witness how you’ve shaped her into the strong women she is today.  Praise you God!

I lift her legal career to you.  May you guide her to  the firm where she can do her best work after graduation. Bring meaningful clients across her path.  I ask these things with joy in the name of Jesus, Amen.

Final Encouragement

Throughout the seasons of life of raising a daughter, you will be praying.  Come back to these prayers as she moves through her school life.  Share them with other parents who are walking the same journey as you.  Direct them to this website so they can be encouraged through prayer as well. You can also use us as a resource for other prayers related to school and graduation.

As your daughter grows up, moving from one rite of passage to another, rest in the security that God the Father has her in his hand.  Claim the promise of God’s own words, “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty” (2 Corinthians 6.18 NIV).

As you pray these prayers for your daughter graduating, the Spirit may open you to pray other prayers. We invite you to share them below.  Or you may wish to share other prayer requests as well.  Make use of the comments section to share what’s on your heart.

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