As an educator, prayers for my classroom are more vital than any school supplies currently being placed on the shelves!
I spend 10 months of the year teaching English to high school students. My work objectives are to expand the minds of these youth on topics such as iambic pentameter, Homeric similes, argumentative writing, and essential vocabulary.
But in between dissecting the romantic language of Romeo and Juliet, answering e-mails, attending faculty meetings, creating lesson plans, making copies, preparing for parent conferences, buying school supplies, and brushing up on the latest teaching methods, I pray.
At the end of this post you will find a printable of Bible verses and prayers designed for teachers to use. These would make great educator gifts, or print them to keep handy in your classroom!
There is power and necessity in combining prayer and teaching. Below are key Bible verses for teachers to reference this coming school year on topics of job performance, students, student guardians, and colleagues.
Key Verse: And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. -Romans 8:28
I want to do my job, and do it well. It is important for students to learn the skills my core content offers. In fact, learning these skills can determine their future success, and success for my students is a top priority. It’s no surprise then, I pray to enlist wisdom and discernment from God to help me do my job.
The high academic expectations required of most teachers in this nation are rigorous. To fit in all the required core content, in a way that is engaging, promotes learning growth, and meets the needs of diverse minds is no easy task.
There are days I can become defeated when a lesson does not go smoothly, an assessment shows poor results, or I feel behind in teaching mandated standards.
So when the bell rings, and the last student leaves, I sit down at my desk and pray about my job and the performance that is being reflected. My key verse is Romans 8:28.
I pray and infuse this verse into my words and thoughts, and sure enough, the Holy Spirit brings me peace, calms my frustrations, and reminds me of my purpose. I know I was called to teach, I know I love the Lord, and as a result God will work everything else out for the good.
Year after year He shows me how faithful He is in the promise of this verse.
Key Verse: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” -Jeremiah 29:11
And like most teachers will tell you, there is more to this job than meeting academic standards with proficiency. These students become my kids once they step into room 121. It is no coincidence these students have been assigned to my English class. God has made our paths cross for a reason. Perhaps that reason is for them to inspire me to pray and I to cover them in prayer.
By October, nearly two months into a new school year, I have learned the names of my students and more. I begin to get to know them. I see their smiles, sadness, laughter and tears. I see their daily struggles and triumphs. I see them create new friendships and endure broken hearts. I learn who has lost a parent at an early age, who lives in foster care, and who watches their siblings while guardians work to keep everyone fed. They share their dreams for the future with hope in their eyes.
And as I learn more and more about each student over the course of a school year, I begin to pray. Often, while they take a test, and the room is quiet, I walk around to keep them focused on the task at hand. While they likely think I am only looking for potential roaming eyes, I am in fact silently praying over them.
I often think of Jeremiah 29:11.
I pray for the plans God has for each kid, and that hope and a blessed future be what they encounter.
Key Verse: Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. –Proverbs 22:6
Not only do I pray for the students, but I pray for their families as well.
Raising a child is no easy task. Our children encounter academic struggles, peer pressure, and everything else that comes with attending school. As a parent myself, I gladly welcome the prayers of other to strengthen me as I parent! That’s why I want to regularly pray for the guardians of my students.
Before walking into any parent-teacher conference, before picking up the phone to call a student’s home, before hitting send to any e-mail addressed to a guardian of one of my kids, I pray. I and the families of these students are on the same team, and I ask God to remind us all of this truth often. We want to start these children off in the way they should go.
Key Verse: Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. –Philippians 2:3-4
In the profession of teaching, your colleagues are the best source of support and encouragement you can have. You all are in the trenches together sharing lesson plans, the workroom, and teaching strategies. These colleagues can understand your frustrations and clap with your accomplishments.
Truly, who better to pray for than these people teaching alongside with us?
And like all workplaces, moments of conflict and disagreement are possibilities as we spend the majority of our careers working side-by-side these colleagues. We cannot allow situations of discord. If you have ever been in a workplace where negative feelings are brewing, you can testify to the lack of productivity it creates for everyone.
Prayer can play a large role in keeping conflict at bay, and peace in the forefront. That is why I love to incorporate Philippians 2:3-4 as a key verse in my praying for colleagues and myself. We teach not to get ahead of others in our careers, instead we value and look to the interest of others.
Click below to download and print 4 quick prayers to use for your classroom. These prayers use the 4 key scriptures I have discussed above, and are great sizes to cut out and use as teacher gifts or place in your own teacher’s desk to reference when needed! If you know any teachers who would love the printout, share this post! 🙂