A Teacher’s Prayer

Lord, let me be just what they need.
If they need someone to trust, let me be trustworthy.
If they need sympathy, let me sympathize.
If they need love, (and they do need love),
let me love, in full measure.
• Let me not anger easily, Lord but let me be just.
Permit my justice to be tempered in your mercy.
When I stand before them, Lord, let me look strong and good
and honest and loving.
• And let me be as strong and good and honest and
loving as I look to them.
Help me to counsel the anxious,
crack the covering of the shy, temper the
rambunctious with a gentle attitude.
• Permit me to teach only the truth.
Help me to inspire them so that learning will not cease
at the classroom door.
• Let the lessons they learn make their lives fruitful and happy.
And, Lord, let me bring them to You.
Teach them through me to love You.
Finally, permit me to learn the lessons they teach. Amen.

Enable me to teach with WISDOM for I help to shape the mind.
Equip me to teach with TRUTH for I help to shape the conscience.
Encourage me to teach with VISION for I help to shape the future.
Empower me to teach with LOVE for I help to shape the WORLD.


In this March 29, 2011, file photo four and five-year-old preschool students listen to their teacher, Angie Clark, read at a Des Moines Iowa elementary school.

I have a desire to help children grow, develop, and learn. Kids are filled with hope, awe, and wonder and they fill me up, but God, this job is hard sometimes. kids will often disrespect me and make my job Difficult. In those moments, help me to have the sight to step back, take a breath and see deeper things that may be going on. help me to love these kids like you’ve loved the little children. help me to have wisdom and discernment that can only come from you. God, will you please be the source of my strength for this important job I have? empower me in this ministry of teaching that I have been called to by you. I am a very important person to the kids I teach and I want to be a shining example of you to them, through my actions, words, and even my inner thoughts. help me to take on your strength and love as the source of my support in the classroom. Equip me to be an even better teacher. Amen.

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