Every day, I sit at my computer and I look at my calendar.
Currently, it looks like this and it will for a while.
The names that you see are the students that will be in my class next year. Now, they might change a little bit, but for the most part, those names each represent a student who I will have the pleasure and the challenge of teaching next year.
Every day I pray for one (or more) of them. I start my day by going down the list and praying for them. Sometimes I will pray general things, “Lord, please help ____ love reading.” Other times I will pray for specific things. “Please help ______ be a good friend in difficult situations, please bless their family, and please help them come to know You this year.” I earnestly also seek the Lord that he will impart some major self control, peace, patience, wisdom, and kindness into my students as well!!
I read a book last summer called “A Praying Life” and was very inspired by it.
In this book, Paul Miller recommends taking prayer even a step further. He prays Scripture verses for the members of his family and his friends and the world. I love this. I typically pray one main verse for my class each year. I don’t know what this year’s verse will be yet, but I do know that every year it has been influential and important in the lives of my students. One very familiar verse that I pray daily is, “train up a child in the way they shall go and when they are old they will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
Another way that you can pray for your students is by using a prayer pail. I love this idea but I don’t really always have the luxury of reaching into a cup, looking at a name and praying on most days. I’ll be honest and tell you that most of my praying is done while I am walking my dog, while I am in my car, right before I go to bed, or when I am at my computer! However, you might really like this idea!
For this, just get a bucket and some popsicle sticks! Write the name of your students on the popsicle sticks and pray for one student each day!
To those of you who believe in prayer, I truly suggest praying for your students starting today! You will be amazed at the difference it makes! Even if you don’t know their names, pray for them. Pray for your classroom. Pray for the community that you will be building when school starts.
Once you can get in your classroom, before the hustle and the bustle sets in, PRAY! As much as organizing, cutsifying, and lesson planning are important, praying could possibly be the MOST important thing you do to start your year (and throughout your year).
It is a joy for me to look down at my list and pray for one of my new students. I can’t wait to see what God is going to do! I hope that you will enjoy it as well.
Take the time, pray for them.