Prayercast: Prayer Power For Teachers: Lesson Plans, Content Understanding, And Scope And Sequence

TWPR 6 | Prayer For Teachers

When teachers are praying for teachers, we are inviting the God of the Universe into our professional practices, classrooms and school buildings. Prayer changes us and those environments. Through prayer, we utilize the key to reaching our full teaching potential through Christ. We use the A.C.T.S. Prayer Model: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication. This week’s Supplication prayer will focus on Lesson Plans, Content Understanding, and Scope and Sequence. Join us today in implementing our Prayer Power with just 15 minutes of your time. Let’s lift up all our hopes and worries to Him.

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Prayercast: Prayer Power For Teachers: Lesson Plans, Content Understanding, And Scope And Sequence

Prayer of adoration. Father, You are perfect in all Your ways. Your word always proves to be true. You are a shield for all of us who take refuge in You. For who is God but You, Lord, and who is a rock except our God? You are our rock and our salvation. We love You, Lord. You are our strength. Lord, You are a rock, our fortress, and our deliverer. You are our God in whom we take refuge, our shield, the strength of our salvation, and our stronghold. We call upon You, Lord, who are worthy to be praised. We are saved from our enemies.

Father, we enter Your gates with thanksgiving and Your courts with praise. We choose to give thanks to You. We bless Your name. Lord, You are good. Your steadfast love endures forever. Your faithfulness lasts for generations. O Lord, Our Lord, majestic is Your name in all the earth. You have set Your glory above the heavens. Out of the mouths of babes and infants, Your words have been established in strength. We will exalt You, our God, our king, and bless Your name forever and ever.

Every day, we will bless You and praise Your name forever and ever. Great are You, Lord, and greatly to be praised. Your greatness is unsearchable. One generation will commend Your works to another and will declare Your mighty acts on the glorious splendor of Your majesty. On Your wondrous works, we will meditate. They will speak of Your might and awesome deeds. We will declare Your greatness.

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Lord, we are in awe of You. You tell us that You remove what can be shaken, and those things that cannot be shaken will remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom and a promise that cannot be shaken, we are thankful and we choose to worship You, Lord, with reverence and awe because You are a consuming fire. You are faithful to purify us. We thank You for that, Lord. Hallelujah. We adore You. Amen.

Prayer of Confession. Verse John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just. He will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” Father God, we come to Your throne boldly to confess our sins. We thank You that we don’t have to be worried when we confess to You because You already know that we’re imperfect and that apart from You, we fail.

We confess that at times, we continue to go in our strength and do what’s right in our eyes and hearts. We confess that at times, we try to make Your will be ours or convince ourselves that our ways are equal to Your ways. We confess that at times, we are not doing things as if doing them unto You but doing them to police others or ourselves. We confess that at times, it’s easy to be caught up in moments where we feel like failures or moments where others are complimenting and crediting us that we forget to turn to You, whether we are feeling joyful or upset, full or empty.

Father God, we confess that at times, we are not speaking, thinking, and acting in the ways that You will have us act. We see the growth and change that You have begun in each of us. We eagerly look forward to You continuing that work into the day of completion. We also admit the areas where we fall short, and we need Your strength, Father God.

We come before You boldly confessing that at times, our actions are not aligned with the way that You would like us to behave. At times, our actions don’t reflect and glorify You the way that they should. At times, we may speak in ways that are not of You. We may speak negative things, hurtful things, sarcastic remarks in rude tones, and other things that don’t cause Your light to shine through from us in us, Lord Jesus. We confess that at times, we don’t take every thought captive and submit it unto You. At times, we allow those things that don’t honor, glorify praise or please You to live in our minds rent-free while we are paying the price for not submitting those thoughts unto You, Lord. We cast that down and any other sin, known or unknown, that is exalting itself above You.

Your word says in Proverbs 28:13, “Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper but the one who confesses and renounces them find mercy.” Father, we confess that sometimes, we need You to show us those areas that we’re oblivious to or not admitting that we have. We thank You in advance for doing that because You never give us anything harmful to us. You refine us to purify us. You said that those who are not being used will not be cast aside. We thank You for purifying us so that we can be used by You.

In Psalms 32:5, Your word says, “Then I acknowledged my sin to You. It did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and You forgave the guilt of my sin.” We leave these things with You by the name of Jesus. We leave the shame. We leave the sin. We leave the regret. We leave unforgiveness, bitterness, entitlement, and anything that’s not of You, Father God in the name of Jesus. We repent, ask, and thank You in advance for renewing our minds, our hearts, our spirits, and our souls in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Prayer of Thanksgiving. Give thanks unto the Lord for He is good. Give thanks unto the God of our salvation. Give thanks unto the Lord for His mercy, endure it forever. Faithful Father, thank You that You are faithful to fulfill Your promises. Thank You, God, for we are teachers. As teachers, we thank You for the power to educate, inspire, challenge, comfort, reassure, and encourage.

Lord, we thank You for the enormous influence that You have given us to enlighten the hearts and minds of our students. God, we thank You that through our students, we have the power to change the world. Thank You for entrusting us with the responsibility and opportunity to teach. Lord, thank You for teachers who use their gift of teaching to teach with their whole hearts. Thank You for giving them a spirit of grace, understanding, and compassion.

Thank You, God, for anointing teachers with strength and endurance to perform our many tasks. Lord, we thank You for the creativity, work ethic, commitment, drive, and passion of teachers. We thank You for the lives they have changed and transformed for the countless ways Christian teachers have taught by the example set by Jesus and the light of faith shines right before all to see and understand.

Heavenly Father, thank You for hearing and answering our prayers. Thank You, Lord, for Your words, which instruct us to start children off on the way they should go. Even when they are old, they will not turn from it. God, thank You for helping us to work hard for the good of our students, treating each of them with care, love, and respect. Lord, thank You for blessing, keeping, and making Your face shine upon us. Lord, we thank You for turning Your face toward us and giving us peace in our minds and classrooms.

Eternal Father, thank You for creating humanity in Your image. We thank You for blessing people and directing us to govern the earth. Thank You for the educators, students, parents, and school administrators across the globe. Thank You for protecting students, teachers, support staff, and all schools on campus and off campus. Thank You for blessing teachers and students with intellect and reasoning so that they are able to understand the lesson that’s being presented and that they are able to present the lesson with understanding. We magnify Your holy name, Lord.

Almighty Father, it is Your will for us to give thanks to You always and in all things. Lord, we thank You for creating within each person the capacity for teaching and learning. Thank You for educators and students who are growing in wisdom, understanding, and knowledge through and of God. Joyful is the person who finds the wisdom of God and gains understanding.

Holy Spirit, thank You for blessing educators for their service to their students and communities. Thank You for helping teachers everywhere to remain committed. God, thank You for administrators who trust our judgment and support our decisions no matter who else questions them. God, thank You for parents who faithfully show up for parent-teacher conferences to listen, communicate, cooperate, and collaborate with the teacher.

God, thank You for the surprise assembly that held our students’ interest. God, thank You for the substitute teacher who, without complaint, turned and completed the sketchy plans with excitement, the lessons. God, thank You for the teacher and the student who struggled with the lesson but refused to give up. God, thank You for the creative teammate who freely shares their best ideas during a collaboration meeting.

God, thank You for the student who suddenly got it, Lord. God, thank You for the days with no surprises. God, thank You for the student who knew more about technology than the teacher did and used that as a teachable moment, Father. God, thank You for the school staff member who covered our class for five minutes so we could run to the restroom or make copies. God, thank You for the professional development session that held our interest.

God, thank You for the competent aid and paraprofessional who daily worked with us in our lessons, Lord. God, thank You for the volunteer who chaperoned field trips and provided enrichment activities during indoor recess. God, thank You for the colleague who swapped recess duty, cafeteria duty, or bus duty where we had to leave for a few minutes to regroup ourselves or leave early or simply on time. God, thank You for anyone at any time for any reason who remembered to say, “Thank you for being a good teacher.”

Lord, thank You to all school staff and students who declare with their mouths, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in their hearts that God raised Him from the dead and will be saved. May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, make You perfect in every good work to do His will, working in You which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever equipped You with all of the seeds, all of the strength, and everything that You need to go forth and teach. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Prayer of Supplication for Lesson Planning and Administrators. Lord God, we lift to You our lesson planning of all the things that we do to prepare for the week. This one weighs so heavily on us, Lord. It seems like it’s always hanging over us, Lord. We surrender our plans to You, Lord God, and allow them to be a joy rather than a burden. There are so many parts to lesson planning to do it well and with excellence, Lord. Teachers have to think about language barriers, accommodations, modifications, standards, resources, vocabulary, tasks, objectives, and assessments.

Lord, we have to weave in social-emotional learning standards, bilingual standards, scaffolding, and differentiation. There are so many components, Lord, and it’s overwhelming. Lord, we cannot do this without You excellently so we ask You. Have Your way with our lesson plans. Speak to our hearts, Lord. Give us creative ways to be always teaching in the foundation of the fruits of the Spirit, Lord God, and standing on Your word of truth in our hearts. Let us always be ready to give an answer, Lord, to everyone who asks us the reason for the hope that we have.

Sometimes, Lord, they wonder what is different about You. Lord, always let us not be ashamed to say we trust You as our Lord and Savior in every area of our life, even in our lesson plans. Lord, we pray that the lesson plans meet the requirements of the students, what they need to know, and of administrators. In other words, meet the requirements of man and Your requirements, Lord. It is Your requirements of excellence and requirement of love, Lord, not busy work for these children. Fill our lesson plans, Lord, with higher-order thinking skills and executive functioning skills, especially with organization and time management that children so desperately need to learn.

Lord, we pray for the scope and sequence of our lessons so that they may be orderly and increase the knowledge of students at the right pace. Lord, we pray for new teachers who are so overwhelmed with planning. Lord, we ask that You pair them with established, experienced teachers willing to help and mentor them.

Lord, we thank You that You are in everything. No task is too small for You, Lord when we invite You in. Lord, we’re inviting You into our lesson planning. Have Your way with it. Give us creativity and excellence. Lord, we also lift administrators. We ask Your blessing on them that they have answered the call to lead our teachers in schools so that our children might learn in a safe and nurturing environment conducive to academic and personal success, Lord God.

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We thank You for Christian administrators who don’t just lead for success, Lord but lead in their hearts to bring children to You in their words and their actions. Even though they can’t say Your name, Lord God, they are Your light in our schools. Lord, enable and empower our administrators to act as encouragers for our teachers, parents, and students. May they be approachable, friendly, loving, and professional as they support our teachers.

Father God, give them insights into each teacher’s unique gifts, strengths, and abilities so that they might engage each teacher in roles that contribute to the common good. They are always seeing the bigger picture for teachers and always encouraging them, Lord, for something more. Father, we pray for patience and wisdom for our administrators when complaints arise from parents. Give them the grace to listen. Lord, we lift parents that they will be reasonable and willing to listen. We pray that parents will first communicate with their child’s teacher before escalating the complaint. Before even bringing complaints, Lord, we ask that Christians pray first and bring their concerns to You.

Lord, make parents aware that the school is working in the best interest of all as they seek practical solutions to improve situations when tragedy strikes in school communities such as the death of a student or a natural disaster. Lord, we even have to put in a violent situation like a school shooting. We ask that You help administrators to be instruments of comfort and stability, bringing the faculty and school community together in ways that will allow Your caring presence to be known and shown in healing ways, Lord God.

Lord, we pray for our school administrator’s role in keeping our school campuses safe from violence, threats, and bullying. May your protecting angels surround them and our schools. Lord, we ask that school administrators have wisdom and discernment as they deal with discipline problems. Lord, give them the information necessary about the special needs of individual students so they can decide the best course of action. When outside resources are needed for administrators such as psychological help or special accommodations, we pray that they may be readily available for the administrators when they need help.

Lord, as we pray, we are aware that being a school administrator can be a lonely and difficult job. Often, they sacrifice their family time, their weekends, and their summers. Lord, we ask that You send them encouragers and relieve them of demanding workloads that prevent them from having quality family time and personal time. Lord, show them healthy ways to relieve stress and ways to stay active physically. Father, help them feel loved and accepted by You in their most difficult professional and personal times.

Lord, reward our school administrators by allowing them to see the fruits of their labor displayed in the success of their teachers and students. We ask that You give school administrators joy in seeing their school become a central part of the great community and a place that has a family feel, Lord, and Your presence there.

Lord, we ask that You accept our prayer as an expression of our gratefulness to You and to the administrators who serve us for their dedication in making our schools so wonderful. To You be the glory, Lord God. We end with our Ephesians 1:18-19, an addition. I ask that the eyes of your heart be enlightened so that you may know the hope of His calling, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incomparably great power for us who believe. Amen.