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 bright lights, friendly faces, and gentle guides. 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 they prepare for the school year ahead.
As the names of different teachers come to mind, take a moment to lift up our kids and grandchild’s teachers, our algebra-teaching sister, or even the neighbor next door who coaches the high school soccer team. Will you bow your head and join in prayer?
As countless teachers begin to prepare for a new school year ahead, grant them 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. Amen.
If you are a teacher, hold onto 1 Corinthians 15:58 and James 1:5 as the new school year begins:
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
If you’re looking for ways to bless the teachers, administrators, and secretaries who work tirelessly to support and encourage the kids in your life, consider reaching out to a nearby school. Volunteers are always needed in some capacity. If a special teacher came to mind while reading this prayer, take a moment to send them a Back to School Ecard of encouragement.