Prayers for Teachers

Psalm 31:24 NIV

 

Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD. — Psalm 31:24 NIV

Precious Lord, You are faithful and true, and You never change.

It feels as if the world of education changes all the time — new ideas, new laws, new requirements. In a shifting world remind me that my hope is in you. I don’t want to misplace my faith by putting it in man-made standards. I want my faith firmly grounded in your standards, your promises, and your truth.

When my colleagues are caught up in the swirl of change, remind them to be strong and faithful. When the students are overtested and underachieving, help us show them their true worth as children of God.

Thank You for never changing and for always keeping Your promises. I know You have the world in Your hands.

In Jesus’ name, amen.

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Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”  — Isaiah 30:21 NIV

Mighty God, You are omniscient. You know all, see all, and understand all things. You created everything in Your time and for Your purpose.

Sometimes I feel as though I have no idea what I’m doing. There are days I worry that I’m failing my students, that maybe I’ve even chosen the wrong career. Would You remind me I’m not alone? Let me hear Your voice and Your words of soothing reassurance.

When my teacher friends are confused and feel lost, please whisper hints of Your love, reassuring them that, no matter what, You are always present and You are in control.

Thank You for being the Lord of my life. Thank You for guiding me each moment and for demonstrating your eternal love.

In Christ’s name, amen.

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The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in His love He will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing. — Zephaniah 3:17 NIV

Holy Father, Your love is endless. You know everything about me — the pleasures and burdens of my heart — and You sing songs of joy over me.

Some days are perfect. My students respond well to my lessons, and I am reminded why I chose to be a teacher. Prompt me to thank You and to share my joy with those around me.

Bless my colleagues with good days. Remind them of the pleasure of teaching, and give them reasons to have happiness in their hearts. Let them delight in every child in their charge.

Thank You for the good days. Thank You for making joy contagious.

In Your glorious name, amen.

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At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of Heaven.” — Matthew 18:1–3

Father God, You have created so many gifts in this world. Praise Your precious name!
Daily give me wisdom to know how to love the young children in my class, even in the tough moments. Give me patience to deal with unexpected classroom situations. Fill my heart with sweet memories of every child.

Bless each student in my class, especially those from troubled homes. Let them feel my love and attention, and please protect their innocence. Show me how to be their steady, dependable guide.

Thank you for the sweetness and goodness of children. Thank you for calling me to the task of teaching these little ones and for honoring me with this precious responsibility.

In Jesus’ name, amen.

Excerpted with permission from Pocket Prayers for Teachers by Max Lucado, copyright Max Lucado.

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Max Lucado

Since entering the ministry in 1978, Max Lucado has served churches in Miami, Florida; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and San Antonio, Texas. He currently serves as Senior Minister of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio. He is America’s bestselling inspirational author with more than 130 million books in print. Follow his website at MaxLucado.com Facebook.com/MaxLucado Instagram.com/MaxLucado Twitter.com/MaxLucado

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