A Prayer for Teachers
- DaySpring.com Kaitlyn Bouchillon
- 2017 3 May
Teachers make a lasting difference for generations to come. Most likely, you’re able to look back with fondness for a particular teacher who encouraged you to dream big or helped you hone a specific skill. Perhaps your favorite teacher gently supported you as you struggled to grasp a certain concept and then cheered wildly for you when it finally ‘clicked.’
In many ways, teachers are a bright light, a friendly face, and a gentle guide. Day in and day out, they teach and mold the hearts and minds of our loved ones. The very least we can do is offer our support, respect, and prayers that they would remain strong in the Lord.
As we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, let’s take a moment to lift up our kids’ teachers, grandchild’s teacher, our algebra-teaching sister, or even the neighbor next door who coaches the high school soccer team. Will you bow your head and join me in prayer?
A Prayer for Teachers
Grant our teachers an abundance of Your wisdom. Prepare their hearts to welcome and love our loved ones, and may we make sure to show them love and respect in return. Give them grace as they help students who aren’t thriving, courage to say what needs to be said, tools and knowledge on how and when to speak love, and strength when they feel weak. When they feel unseen, remind them that no moment goes unnoticed. They are shaping the future in one million small - yet incredibly important - ways every day. We are overwhelmed with gratitude for the gift of learning they share with our children. Bless them, Lord, and may they see even just a glimpse of how their faithfulness will forever impact generations to come.
A Teacher's Prayer
Help me to be a fine teacher, to keep peace in the classroom, peace between my students and myself, to be kind and gentle to each and every one of my students. Help me to be merciful to my students, to balance mercy and discipline in the right measure for each student, to give genuine praise as much as possible, to give constructive criticism in a manner that is palatable to my students. Help me to remain conscientious enough to keep my lessons always interesting, to recognize what motivates each of my students, to accept my students' limitations and not hold it against them. Help me not to judge my students too harshly, to be fair to all, to be a good role model, but most of all Lord help me to show your love to all of my students.
(written by Olga de Juana)
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord’s work, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58 CSB
Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God—who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly—and it will be given to him. James 1:5 CSB
If you are a student, make it your aim to never lose sight of Proverbs 4:13.
Hold on to instruction; don’t let go. Guard it, for it is your life. Proverbs 4:13 CSB
This article originally appeared on DaySpring.com. Used with permission. For even more inspirational articles, shareable Ecards and hundreds of Christian tools and resources, check out DaySpring.com today!
Kaitlyn Bouchillon is most often found with an iced coffee in one hand and a pen in the other. She’s the author of Even If Not: Living, Loving, and Learning in the in Between and works as a Virtual Assistant for Holley Gerth, Jennifer Dukes Lee and DaySpring (Woohoo!). You can connect with her on Instagram or at KaitlynBouchillon.com where she writes about how every story matters -- including yours.
Bonus Prayers for Teachers
Below are some of our favorite prayers from Crosswalk contributors. It's our prayer that these will bless you and encourage you in your calling to teach.
A Prayer for Teachers and Staff in the Midst of COVID
God, give educators the strength and courage to bear the extra burden of teaching and caring for students in this season of COVID-19. May you inspire them with creativity as they navigate being thrust into needing to teach in new ways, with new schedules, and with new parameters around how they can reach their students. Fill them with peace as they find ways to deal with the many new concerns they have to address to do their jobs this school year. (by Amanda Idleman)
A Prayer for Peace in Teaching
Lord, it is so difficult to hide my feelings, especially when they border on despair. I want to protect my students from my emotions. I don't want my feelings to get in the way of my teaching and their learning. But when I cover them, I still don't feel at my personal best with the students. Even in this situation, I want the peace you have promised – the peace that passes all understanding. Lord, release that peace to me now. Yet if I still experience turmoil, cover any mistakes I might make with your love. Let your love trickle down as my love for my students. I will reveal my struggle, and then if I handle it the way you would have me handle it, others will ask about the peace that is within me. Thank you for this time of suffering. Let it work in me patience, perseverance, and finally peace. Amen. (by Vicki Caruana, When Teachers Prayer: The Power of a Personal Prayer Life)
A Prayer for Weary Teachers
Dear Jesus, I am so weary, and honestly, ready to give up some days. Please place people in my life to encourage me and point me to you as I seek to love others as you do. Help me choose to be hopeful, faithful and persistent in seeking you every day, but especially on the hard days. Guide my steps and allow me to see that my hard work is not in vain. Help me to give grace and mercy...to myself and others...as you give it freely to me. Thank you for all you have done and all you are going to do. In Your Mighty Name, Amen. (by Maggie Meadows Cooper)
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