Every teacher is a real person who goes to the grocery store, does laundry, has dinner with friends, cries, hurts, and worries. She needs the Kleenex and the hand sanitizer, but most of all she needs your prayers. Here is a top ten list of what to pray for him or her:
1) Pray for the teacher as she looks at her summer to-do list; she might not have had a vacation or success in taking care of those needs.
2) Pray for the teacher as she needs to be refreshed and healthy; her summer may have included loss, grief, disappointment, or trials.
3) Pray for the teacher as she has concerns about how her relationships will change with the school year starting: day care, marriage, family, needy children, etc.
4) Pray for the teacher as she gets her classroom ready; she may have to move rooms, may not have supplies yet, or might have issues to address.
5) Pray for the teacher as she attends staff development and meetings; she may have requirements to meet or assignments to finish.
6) Pray for the teacher as she re-connects with fellow staff and faculty; some working relationships might be challenging.
8) Pray for the teacher as she begins to do her planning; teachers have so much to pack in, and the unexpected will enter in.
9) Pray for the teacher as she receives information about her students; she needs openness, insight, wisdom, and compassion.
10) Pray for the teacher as she meets a whole new group of parents; parent relationships are crucial to the success of students and teachers.
I saw this list on a teacher friend’s Facebook page, but I’m not sure whom to credit for thinking of it. As a retired teacher, I would have loved for my students’ parents to have earnestly prayed for me in these areas.
Most of you probably realize the difficulties of being a teacher and have probably said, “Man, I feel bad for teachers these days. It must be harder and harder to be one!”
Yes, the pendulum has swung from teachers being highly regarded by the community to having to defend themselves against entitled, negative parents just looking for a fight.
But Christians can go to war against misconceptions, suspicions, gossip and bad attitudes towards teachers and schools through prayer.
I know firsthand that being involved in a group like Moms In Prayer (https://momsinprayer.org) can make a real difference in the atmosphere at your child’s school. If there’s not one at your child’s school, check it their website and start a MIP group in your community.
It’s one way we can answer the call to serve others!