A Prayer for Teachers
Ever had that class? You know, the class whose personality didn’t quite mesh with yours. The class you have in the “tired part” of the day. The class where you find yourself getting flustered or frustrated. The class where you feel you just can’t connect.
I know I’ve had my fair share of those classes over the years, and they’re hard. I wanted to connect, I wanted to be my best, I wanted to look forward to being with that class, but something never quite lined up.
This week a teacher shared with me how prayer helps him prepare to be mission-minded right before a class (especially a that class). We looked at a passage from Colossians 1, and he encouraged me to read it differently and use it in prayer, substituting the pronouns with specific names of students or specific classes.
For this reason, since the day I heard about ________, I have not stopped praying for________. I continually ask God to fill ________ with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that ________ may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that________ may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified ________ to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
(Adapted from Colossians 1:9-14)
Let me encourage you to remember to spend some time in prayer before class to help you prepare to be mission-minded and to help you connect with your students. Use the passage above and pray for students or specific classes. I’m confident that doing so will change the dynamic of your class— even that class.