I had the privilege of attending the first Teach Them Diligently Homeschool Convention, held in Spartanburg, S.C., this weekend. I truly enjoyed meeting and greeting other families that share many of the same convictions that I do. As I gazed around the facility I saw so many “teachers” that need continual prayer for the great task at hand–the cultivation of children with hearts for God. I ran across this prayer on DiscipleBlog.com some time ago. It has been a blessing to me and I pray that it will be for you as well.
“Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” (Ephesians 5:1-2).
“Lord, thank You for every teacher as they continue in this school year. Thank You for their ministry to Your children. Sustain them in health: strong in body, mind and spirit to move in faith, patience, and with expectation. Protect them and keep them. Encourage them to behold the beauty of Your holiness. Bless their ears to hear the lovely, the uplifting, and the encouraging, and to shut out the frustrating and the negative. Cause their feet to walk in holiness and their steps ordered by You. Bless their hands to be tender-helping hands to those in need, hands that bless. May their hearts be humble and receptive to those around them. May their minds be strong, disciplined, balanced and faith-filled. Your grace be upon their homes and classrooms that they may be havens of rest and renewal, sanctuaries of peace where the sounds of joy and laughter grace each room, where love and unconditional acceptance is never ending. Father God, grant success and prosperity in their places of ministry and life. May goodness and mercy follow each precious teacher all the days of their long, healthy lives. Lord bless them and keep them. Make Your face shine upon them, and be gracious to them. Lord lift up Your countenance upon them and give them peace. In the name of Lord Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.”