By Katrina Murphy
It was about a month ago when my Teachers Who Pray (TWP) co-leader and I were waiting for our team to assemble for our weekly meeting and none of our colleagues had shown up to pray.I was feeling a bit righteous as I judged their varied excuses for not being able to attend, and then as the two of us began to pray, I heard it. That nudging sound the Holy Spirit makes as He speaks to your heart, assuring you that He is in control, that He has a plan, that He will work all things out for your good. So, we prayed the prayer that never fails… “Your will be done, Father God! Take our prayer group to another level and forgive us for doubting You!”
In the weeks that have followed, Jesus Christ answered our prayer in ways we could have never imagined. Looking back, we can see how He had been preparing us for just this moment since the very first time we prayed together as a team five years ago. Today we are are all sheltered in place because of the coronavirus, but God has kept us connected and praying–this time via technology and social media. Schools are now closed, so we can gather to pray without the constraints and stresses of our hurried schedules!
Within 24 hours, my co-leader created a Facebook page, conference call line, and email account for us to communicate our prayer requests and praise reports and we have had our first TWP conference call together. I share this with you, not to suggest you should be doing the same, but merely to brag about how God has used us and our sorry excuses to His glory.
I have to admit, the first couple days after schools closed, I was content with completing overdue cleaning jobs, being able to accomplish school work on a flexible schedule, making lists of projects and goals (as so many of us educators love to do). I enjoyed eating unhurried meals with my family. Our kitchen whiteboard was blank because there was no schedule to put up. AHHHH! How nice, I thought to myself.
Then came that nudging sound, the quiet whisper of God’s voice directly to my heart… “You were made for more than this, perhaps this is the moment for which you and your prayer group were created.”
My first thought was, But God, I really like this new normal with a little less accountability and business! And then I turned on the news again… and was reminded of who I am in Christ. There is no hunkering down for a Christian because God did not give us a spirit of fear (or complacency) but of power and love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7)! How much more we can accomplish for our colleagues, students, and their families when we allow God to work through us as one body.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, I pray that you embrace and rejoice in the opportunities God has set before you during this time of physical separation from your students and staff. Listen for His voice as He creates a new work in you! Pray without ceasing as you go about your day and thank Him for making you a light for this dark time, a city on a hill that cannot be hidden (Matthew 5:14). Consider that this may be the exact moment for which you and your teacher prayer group was created.
Katrina Murphy is a Christian disguised as an Art teacher at Christopher Elementary School in the Gage Park neighborhood of Chicago. She adores working with special needs and general education students, teaching them new ways to be positive, creative, mindful, and amazing.
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