A Prayer for Teachers

8.15.13A couple of substitute gigs a year at the local Christian school have convinced me that I definitely chose the right profession. As a preacher I only see my class a few times a week, and I have no ability to pass or fail them! I admire all of those who have given their lives to educating children.

This morning I spoke at Ouachita Christian School, offering some devotional thoughts as they had a teacher’s in service day. I used this prayer to end my talk this morning, and thought I would share it here. I wish I had written it. In fact I do not know who wrote it. I found it HERE and thought I’d share it.

A Prayer for Teachers

God of Love. Thank you for every teacher who notices a child’s special gift. Thank you for teachers who are listeners and gentle guides. Thank you for teachers who expect much and love enough to demand more. Thank you for the special teacher each one of us remembers.

God of Mercy. Sustain teachers who give everything they have and feel abandoned when society expects too much. Strengthen teachers who assume the blame for so many problems beyond their control. Help exhausted teachers rest.

God of Strength. Encourage teachers to care and inspire them to nourish. Motivate teachers to keep on learning for the fun of it and to make learning fun for children. We wonder at teachers who know how to quiet a class of five-year-olds or help fourth grade girls be empathetic. We admire teachers who enjoy middle school writers, or teach physics or math or civics. We cannot even imagine how to help every single student achieve Adequate Yearly
Progress. Bless the people who are expected to accomplish these miracles and who know how to comfort children when miracles don’t happen.

God of Justice. Help our nation find a way to steward our vast wealth to support teachers in their special calling, wherever they teach and whatever the race or religion or gender or wealth of the children.

We pray these things in the name of our great teacher, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Thanks to those who are teachers and administrators at all schools.

Thanks for reading,


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