"O God of the Passages of Life, We lift up to you all students bound for college. We have partnered with you in their growing up Lord, and now we pray for your presence with them as they take another great step into adulthood.
We pray for their safety Lord, although we understand that sometimes they will fall, please help catch them, and help them to get back up when they stumble. We don't ask that life would be always easy, but we pray that as they face challenges they might also know happiness, and even the joy you have promised.
Help them to deepen in maturity, character, and faith, grow within them an appreciation for community, justice, and mercy. Bless them with constructive friends, guide them in healthy choices, cause them to grow in knowledge of mind and heart. Through the mystery of your Spirit draw them to a knowledge, a deeper knowledge, of your love and your Word. Lead them to discern their talents and strengths that they may learn how to use them to serve you and to be a blessing to others.
Loving Father, give us strength to support them in this step by giving them our prayerful blessing, and not just our worry or our advice.
And even as we pray for students we know and love, we pray for those you know and love, especially those who desire higher education but don't find it possible. O God, with you, are not all things possible? Look with compassion and help on those for whom there seems no clear path to opportunity. Lord, you are The Way.
We pray remembering how Jesus called the disciples from homes, and said "follow me." Amen."