Prayer for My Class in 2018
By Beula Postlewait
As I begin 2018 with my class, I recognize my need for wisdom and strength. You are wise, powerful, and strong. You give strength and wisdom to those who ask.
Thank You for entrusting these children to my care. Thank You for the opportunity to teach them and to be an example of one who follows Your teachings.
Father, there are so many negative elements that could corrupt these children. Help me to be a positive influence in their lives. Help me to guide them to activities and ideas that will help them to grow mentally and enjoy learning. Help me to instill positive thoughts in them—thoughts that will help them to have a positive self-image.
Children are so influenced by media and technology. Sometimes I find it difficult to keep up with all the gadgets and games they are using. Help me to find good ways to use the knowledge of technology and games in a way that attracts their interest and keeps me current with what is happening in their life. Help me to use this knowledge in an appropriate way to aid in their learning.
Father, help the children to enjoy our time together. Help me to use good discipline techniques so every child wants to learn and participate in the class activities. Help me to correct any child in such a way that he or she can still feel good about himself or herself.
Help me, Father, to be Christ-like in all my actions. Guard my mind and my words, so I can be a good example to the children. When the need arises, help me be willing to set aside the lesson plan and listen to someone in the class who has a special need. It is so easy to say, “Well, we don’t have time to discuss that right now!” Perhaps I do. Perhaps some child needs to discuss some issue that is impacting his/her life and needs some guidance. The students may not remember everything I said to them from a lesson plan. May they always remember a teacher who was willing to listen when You had something You wanted me to say to them.
Father, give me patience and understanding. Help me to love every child—yes—even those kids who try my patience and never complete their assignments. Help me to be able to see behind the misbehavior the need that is not being met in a child’s life.
Help me with my interactions with principals and staff. Help me be an example of Christlike behavior, even when co-workers seem to take advantage of my good nature. Help me have extra physical and mental strength when the load of responsibility seems almost more than I can bear.
Help me take good care of myself by getting the sleep my body requires. Help me eat responsibly so my body is in good shape to meet the physical requirements of my job.
Go with me, Father, as I teach each day. At the end of the day, help me be proud of what I have said and done.
In Jesus’ name I pray,
Beula Postlewait lives in Leawood, Kansas. She is the Communications Representative on the NEW
Council. You may contact Beula at email@example.com.