Every morning as I drive to school, I pray pretty specific prayers for my students and me. I guess you could call them bull’s-eye prayers…prayers that remind me of my mission for the day, and prayers that if not targeted, my mission might fail or be deemed less effective at best.
[Bull’s-eye → the small circle at the center of a target toward which people throw darts or shoot arrows or bullets. : a shot that hits the center of a target.]
There are two words (acroymyms) I use to remind me what’s important (for me) to pray for my students…
The first one is SHOW. Although this part of my prayer is primarily for me, it’s for my students’ benefit, so I guess you could say it’s targeted on us both. Specifically, I pray, “God help me SHOW my students You by…
Giving them Hope
Winning them by my Witness”
The second one is SHAPE. Here, I’m targeting their whole being by asking God to SHAPE them. SHAPE stands for…
Give them good Health!
Let them have an Awareness of You!
Let them know Your Purpose for their lives!
Lord, let them live an Excellent life!
(By the way, I pray this for my children as well!)
We, as Christian teachers, can change the world when we pray for our students. Amen? I know that I know you are asking, seeking, and knocking on heaven’s door for your students just like me! I would love to hear from you as to how you’re praying for them. Please leave a comment and share.
Targeting our prayer arrows on students positions them to hit the the bull’s-eye in life, and that’s the life God has in store for them!
Until next time, God bless you in your classroom this week. Stay devoted, dear Christian teacher!
#TargetedPrayers #BullsEyePraying #KeepAsking #KeepSeeking #KeepKnocking
Are you fanning the flame of your gifting, dear Christian teacher? Stir up your gift! The hotter the better. Amen?
Today, as we wrap up our short series, Fan the Flame, we are taking a look at our senses of touch and smell.
T O U C H
When we see the word touch in God’s word, especially in the New Testament, most of the time it refers to healing.
In Mark 10:13-16 Jesus wanted to bless the children by the laying on of his hands, but his disciples did not want Him to! Wow. Were the children unimportant?…Or were the disciples too busy?…Was it just too time consuming to actually physically lay hands on them?…
Why? I don’t know the reason, but I do know we need to be diligent not to overlook any of our students for whatever reason. Always take time for students – if not that moment, then a little later. We can also be a blessing and pray blessings over our students. A smile, a hug, and a nice pat on the back never hurts either. 🙂
Not only do our prayers touch our students, but also the nose of God(!), which leads to our last sense – the sense of smell.
S M E L L
There’s nothing like the smell of a juicy steak cooking on the grill! It’s definitely what I would call a fragrant aroma! 🙂 In the spiritual realm, our prayers, likewise, are a sweet smelling aroma to our Father God, which leads me to infer if we aren’t praying, maybe we kinda stink(?)! I’m sure we don’t smell as good as we could right?
A praying teacher is what our students need, and I might add, what our world needs this day and age.
Did you know there is a key verse concerning smell that coincidentally sums up our whole series, Fan the Flame?…
II Corinthians 2:15
Are we a fragrant aroma of Christ in our classrooms? Our students can tell by our smell!
Dear Christian teachers, when we fan into flame the gift of God by remembering our physical senses as well as their spiritual counterparts, our students who are lost will have a better chance of being found by the heat of the fire that’s blazing in our spirit! AMEN!
FAN THE FLAME!!!!!!!
Until next time, stay devoted…you will be a more excellent teacher for it. God bless you!