A prayer for our teachers, as we start back to school this year…

From:

A parent, one of many, who sees your heart, devotion, and love for our children. Who is grateful for you, beyond what words can fully express. Who appreciates all that you do, often behind the scenes where no one sees. Thank you teachers. You are amazing.

God’s blessings over you, this new year ahead.

Dear God,

We pray for your peace and covering over this day, and for the whole year ahead. We thank you in advance for all that you have in store and ask that you would unfold great blessings and gifts in the coming days, that this would be remembered as a year that God gave greatly.

We ask for your wisdom and grace for each teacher as they prepare to lead their class each day. Equip them for every good work you have prepared ahead of time, we ask that your strength would fill them, that you would enable them to do all that they do with a heart of compassion and grace that comes straight from you. Give them ability and effectiveness as they teach, fill them with creativity and passion for this very important role that you have called them to. Give them laughter and fun in every day, but especially in the times when they get tired.

And in the moments when they feel like there's just not enough time to do all they need to do, multiply their hours, and give success to their efforts, for we know that you are able to do much more with a day than we ever could. Remind them that they have the incredible ability to make a difference in the life of a child. Every. Single. Day. And that what they do is so important, because they are a part of building greatness in our world, through the next generation.

Give help when they're weary, give grace when they feel they've reached the limit, give peace when they feel overwhelmed. Empower them by your Spirit with enough energy to match even the most active child in their class. Help them find strength in one another, reminding them that they are a team, and that there is greater power together, rather than alone, to face every struggle and obstacle that may come their way. Remind them, that more than representing a job, or a school, or a district, they represent you, and because of this, your spirit and covering are brought to school every day. And that is a very powerful thing.

Give them a spirit of discernment for every child in their class, that they have the heart to understand each one of them more deeply, and see them as you see them. Give them a great ability to understand every parent represented too, reminding that you have destined every one of those paths to cross, and you have great purpose in it all. Give them a heart shield to block out any negativity, to see through the outside to the inner fears involved, to let go of what needs to fall away, and to hold on to what needs to be held on to. Give wisdom to embrace encouragement along the way and to give encouragement where it is needed. Instill in us all, teachers and parents, a heart of learning this year, because we're never too old to learn new things. Give us all fresh perspective to see life through the eyes of a child, because sometimes important things become blurred and unclear as we grow up.

Surround their families and personal lives in your care and protection, providing abundantly for every need that they have. Help them to release every concern and anxiety into your hand, believing that you are able - to do anything.

Love through them, shine on them, pour out your blessing and favor over them, throughout the year.

In Jesus' Name,

Amen.

He is with you, always.

12 Verses of Encouragement:

"The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you, the Lord lift up his countenance on you and give you peace" (Numbers 6:24-26).

“Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the future. She opens her mouth in wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue” (Proverbs 31:25-26).

“Whatever work you do, do it with all your heart. Do it for the Lord and not for men” (Colossians 3:23).

“Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants” (Deuteronomy 32:2).

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58).

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17).

“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established” (Proverbs 16:3).

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9).

“…and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you” (Matthew 6:4).

“Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech…” (Titus 2:7-8).

"The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it" (1 Thessalonians 5:24).

“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us…to him be the glory…forever and ever…Amen” (Ephesians 3:20-21).

Debbie McDaniel is a pastor's wife, mom to three amazing kids and a few too many pets, dramatist and writer. She has a heart to communicate God's hope though the everyday moments of life - the good, the bad, the ugly, and the ones that take your breath away.  A lover of every sunrise, forever needy of his grace, this Texas girl finds joy in the simple gift of each new day. Debbie invites you to join her at www.freshdayahead.com, and Facebook and Twitter.

Publication date: August 26, 2014