Teachers are human. Sometimes we have our own personal problems: Marital issues, financial struggles, health concerns, anxiety, depression. The scope of our work can also be overwhelming. We need to give 100 percent of ourselves in the classroom everyday to take students where they need to be. TEACHERS WHO PRAY is designed to foster the spiritual strength teachers need to consistently work in spirit of excellence.
Public school teachers are on the front lines of education in America. And often times we may feel like we are on the front lines of spiritual warfare, battling for the very lives of our students. The spirit of violence, sexual immorality, and hopelessness is attacking our youth as never before. It is ravishing our families, weakening our communities. Efforts by our political leaders to protect the youth from such influences have failed. Worse, school staffs everywhere are being stretched thin with budget cuts, overcrowding, and low morale.
Could it be that the root of all our problems is spiritual, one that cannot be solved by man’s public policy? Could it be that there is a spiritual crisis in our cities and towns that can only be resolved through the spiritual exercises of prayer and praise to God? What would happen if the estimated 600,000 Christian teachers in American fell on their faces in obedience to II Chronicles 7:14? It reads, “If my people, which are called by my name would humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
As Christian teachers, we know that no matter how hard we try only Jesus Christ can reach the depths of our students’ hearts. We understand that our jobs are bigger than us. We sense the need to do the best we can and call on the Lord to handle the rest. We need the Spirit of God to restore our nation’s schools and communities, for we know that all our hope for a brighter future is in Jesus Christ. As Jeremiah 29:11 says, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'”
Therefore, we pray to our God for guidance on how to do our jobs more effectively. We also ask Him to fix those broken places where we cannot reach. In the process, TEACHERS WHO PRAY finds itself stronger and more hopeful. And suddenly the school building—with all its many troubles–becomes exactly where God wants us to be.