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What to Pray for during Exams? 55 Prayer Ideas for Christians

Updated on December 29, 2012

Are you taking exams? Know someone who is taking exams? Exams can be an extremely stressful time, especially if you come from a culture that places heavy emphasis on exams. As Christians, one of the good things that we can count on during exams is that we have a God whose presence is with us all the time, and He will enable and guide us as we prepare and do our exams.


What are some practical things that you can pray for during exams?

  1. Good memory for facts
  2. Quick and good understanding of concepts
  3. Ability to apply knowledge learned
  4. Good understanding of the exam question demands
  5. Accurate and quick recall of facts
  6. Good health during exam and before exams
  7. No pain or discomfort during exam (eg. stomach ache, aching hands...)
  8. Energy during study
  9. Focus and concentration
  10. Stamina for the entire exam period
  11. Clear mind during the examination
  12. Motivation to study
  13. Fair marking
  14. Grace / favor shown by the marker / examiner
  15. Ideas when answering question
  16. Precision and accuracy, no carelessness
  17. Nourishment during revision (esp. if skipping meals)
  18. Supportive instructors, teachers, professors
  19. Encouraging peers
  20. Provision of any resource (food, academic instruction, place to study...) that is needed during exam preparation

More intangible things that you can pray for during the exams

  1. God’s name be glorified through the exam performance
  2. God’s glory shown through the exam period
  3. Peace during the stressful periods of exam
  4. God’s comfort during the exam
  5. Joy when revising / doing the exam
  6. Discernment when revising and answering the exam
  7. Wise time management
  8. Opportunities for God’s love to shine through
  9. Encouragement during low periods
  10. Acute awareness of God’s presence
  11. Safety during traveling, and studying (especially when studying in school late at night)
  12. Inspiration for exam questions
  13. Self-control during revision period
  14. Fruitfulness despite heavy exam demands
  15. Daily strengthening in the Word
  16. God’s favor with professors, teachers, instructors
  17. Perseverance for the entire exam period
  18. Sense of higher purpose while studying
  19. Ability to discern and navigate through theories that may not be biblically grounded (eg. evolution)
  20. Spiritual growth despite heavy demands from school
  21. Discipline to study
  22. Faithfulness in academic and spiritual responsibilities
  23. Graciousness toward others
  24. Humility during learning
  25. Protection from temptation
  26. Godly motives for doing well
  27. Sensitivity to others who need help / encouragement
  28. Spiritual perspectives of knowledge learnt, and of one’s situation
  29. Deeper understanding and love for God through exams
  30. Surrender to God’s plan
  31. Accepting God’s plan
  32. Submitting to God whatever the outcome
  33. Godly mentors to walk alongside during exams
  34. Wholehearted dependence and trust in God
  35. Sensitivity toward the work of the Holy Spirit during this period

How do you pray during your exams - for yourself and for others? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


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      Jade 4 years ago

      Thank you!! Really needed to read this list, my exams start next monday and its good to know God is here with me as I try to motivate myself to work!! And regardless of my results Jesus still loves me!!

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      Charlotte B Plum 6 years ago

      Thank you MsDora! =) So glad you found it useful, thanks for dropping by!

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      Dora Weithers 6 years ago from The Caribbean

      Your hub is very insightful and useful. Thanks again.

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      Charlotte B Plum 6 years ago

      Hi Joejagodensky,

      Thank you for dropping by! Yes you are right, this list can definitely apply to anyone. The reason I put Christians is because these principles are drawn from the Bible. Perhaps I should add in some Bible verses.

      Thank you for your feedback, I appreciate it!

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      joejagodensky 6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Your list can apply to any beliefs. Limiting it to Christians is pretty narrow thinking. Thanks.