The Prayers of a Teacher for Their Students

As a teacher, you have great influence in your school community.  One significant way to make the most of that influence is to pray for your students.  Your prayers will “sow seeds” into their lives that will have a life-long effect.  May the Lord bless your work in your school and in your classroom.

Lord God,

Help my students maintain discipline in their studies and school activities.  “Apply your heart to discipline and your ears to words of knowledge” Proverbs 23:12.

Keep my students from walking on a path that would lead to destructive habits.  “Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God” James 4:4.

Impart wisdom to my students in helping them relate to their teachers.  “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all” James 1:5.

Encourage my students to be kind to their fellow classmates. “Be kind and compassionate to one another” Ephesians 4:32.

Strengthen my students to be a godly example on their school campus.  “In everything set an example by doing what is good” Titus 2:7.

Grant my students an obedient and respectful heart toward their teachers and those in authority.  “Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good” Titus 3:1.

Give my students opportunities to share about Christ with their fellow classmates.  “And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ” Colossians 4:3.

Protect my students from the influence of drugs and immorality.  “Do not love the world or the things of the world” I John 2:15.

Give my students courage to take a stand for what is right.  “Be strong and courageous … for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go”  Joshua 1:9.

Help my students realize the importance of having a good name and reputation.  “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches” Proverbs 22:1.

Protect my students from situations and relationships that would lead to sexual sin.  “Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness” II Timothy 2:22.

Encourage my students to be a light to those who are living in darkness.  “You are the light of the world” Matthew 5:14.

Keep rebellion from the heart and mind of my students.  “Only the rebellious dwell in a parched land” Psalms 68:6.

Help my students choose friends who will be a good influence.  “He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm” Proverbs 13:20.

Impart a spirit of excellence in all that my students do.  “Walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called” Ephesians 4:1.

Grant a stable mind to my students as they study and face the pressure of school work.  “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial” James 1:12.

Shield my student’s emotions from the unkind words and actions of others.  “You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord, He is their help and their shield” Psalms 115:11.

Keep the influence of peer pressure from having a strong hold in the life of my students.  “My son, if sinners entice you, do not give into them … do not go along with them” Proverbs 1:10 & 15.

Help my students to be hard working, diligent and faithful, even in small things.  “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things” Matthew 25:23.

Give my students heart knowledge of how much You love them.  “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” John 3:16.

Plant in the heart of my students a desire for the Word of God and for prayer.  “He who gives attention to the Word shall find good” Proverbs 16:20.

Teach my students to be careful of the words they speak. “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips” Psalm 141:3.

Give understanding to my students to see truth when they are exposed to worldly ideas.  “Give your servant a discerning heart … to distinguish between right and wrong” I Kings 3:9.

Protect the mind, body, emotions and spirit of my students.  “May your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete” I Thessalonians 5:23

Written by

Terry Gooding

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The Right Hand of the Lord

Have you ever thought about what happens at the right hand of Christ?  As you look at these scriptures, consider them as promises to pray for your life and qualities to worship and praise the Lord for.

Reigns “So then, when the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He was received up into   heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.” Mark 16:19

Inheritance – “All the nations will be gathered before Him … He will separate               them from one another… he will say to those on His right, Come you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you.” Matthew 25:32-34

Conquers“The Lord says to my Lord; sit at My right hand, until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.” Psalm 110:1

Majestic“Your right hand, O Lord is majestic in power.” Exodus 15:6

Strength – “Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” Psalm 16:8

Judgment“You stretched out your right hand, the earth swallowed them.”  Exodus 15:12

Promises“The Lord has sworn by His right hand and by His strong arm.”  Isaiah 62:8

Victory “His right hand and His holy arm have gained the victory for Him.” Psalm 98:1

Power“And Jesus said, I am; and you shall see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” Mark 14:62

Intercedes“Christ Jesus is He who died, yes rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.” Romans 8:34

Rescues“That Your beloved may be delivered, save with Your right hand, and answer us.” Psalm 60:5

Sustains“Your right hand upholds me.” Psalm 63:8

Refuge“O Savior of those who take refuge at Your right hand.”  Psalm 17:7

Exalted“The right hand of the Lord is exalted.” Psalm 118:16

Worthy – “Who is worthy to open the book … The Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book … and He came, and He took it out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne.” Revelation 5:2, 5, 7

Fearless“The right hand of the Lord does valiantly.” Psalm 118:16

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Prayers For Your Marriage

Lord,

Love – Help me to love my spouse in a godly manner that is pleasing to You. “Each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband”  Ephesians 5:33.

Sin – Protect my marriage from the influence of sexual sin. “Run away from sexual sin”  I Corinthians.6:18.

Honor – Teach me to honor my spouse and marriage above other responsibilities. “Marriage is to be held in honor among all” Hebrews 13:4.

Forgiveness – Give me a forgiving heart for my spouse when mistakes are made. “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you” Matthew 6:14.

Kindness – Help me to be kind and considerate in the words I speak. “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths” Ephesians 4:29.

Intimacy – Bless our times of companionship and intimacy together. “…and let the marriage bed be undefiled” Hebrews 13:4.

Children – Give me wisdom to raise our children in a godly home and marriage. “Train a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not turn from it” Proverbs 22:6.

Prayer – Remind me to pray for my spouse on a daily basis. “…Pray for one another”  James 5:16

Unity – Help us to have unity as we make family decisions together. “… Put on love which is the perfect bond of unity” Colossians 3:14.

Finances – Help me to manage our finances in a wise and biblical manner. “Honor the Lord with your wealth” Proverbs 3:9.

Disputes – Teach me to handle our disputes with respect and fairness.  “Show proper respect to everyone” I Peter 3:17.

Needs – Guide me to be sensitive to the emotional needs of my spouse.  “… clothe yourselves with        compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness  and  patience” Colossians 3:12.

Problems – Teach me not to use the problems from our past as a weapon in our future.  “…forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead” Philippians 3:13

Home – Help me to be disciplined in the care of my home and marriage to create a refuge for my family.  “Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth”   Proverbs 10:4.

Feelings – Train me to focus my mind on the Word of God when I begin to have negative thoughts and feelings about my spouse. “…Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right” Philippians 4:8

Commitment – Grow our devotion and commitment for each other. “For this cause a man shall leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and they shall become one flesh” Genesis 2:24

Strength – Bless our marriage with strength and stability that we might be a godly example to others.  “…in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe” I Timothy 4:12.

 

“Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate” Matthew 19:6

All scriptures are taken from  NIV,  NLT & NASB

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Storm Instructions

There are a variety of storms that each of us face in life. It might be a physical storm such as an earthquake or an emotional storm such as health problems or the loss of someone we love. As believers, we also face spiritual storms and question why we are going through so much suffering. I would like to share four simple instructions to help you stand strong in the midst of any storm you might encounter: R.E.S.T.

R – Remember: What do we need to remember about a storm? There is an interesting scripture in Nahum 1:3, “The Lord has His way in the whirlwind and in the storm.” This verse tells us the Lord uses storms and difficulties to accomplish His purposes in our lives and in our world. Even in situations that are painful and we do not understand why certain things have happened we must believe that, “The Lord is righteous in all His ways, and kind in all his deeds” Psalm 145:17. Do you feel you are living through a type of emotional or spiritual storm? Remember to trust the Lord and His ways and know He has a purpose even in the middle of your storm.

E – Expect: What does the Lord expect of us in our storm? In Mark 4:36-40 we find a situation when the disciples were in a boat with Jesus during a severe storm. The men became fearful and asked Jesus if He was concerned they were going to die. When Jesus spoke to the storm and it became calm He then asked the disciples, “Why are you so timid? How is it that you have no faith?” How interesting that Jesus did not comfort them in their fear but instead challenged them to have more faith. Could this be the example our Lord wants us to follow when we face problems that cause us fear? Your storm will either increase your faith or cause you to tremble in alarm. The Lord gave us this boat lesson in His Word and is asking us not to be frightened and faint-hearted, but to expect that He will bring us through the storm.

S – Shelter: What shelter do we have in the storm? “Let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings” Psalm 61:4. This is a promise you have for any stormy situation you are in, the assurance that Christ will be your shelter and your protection. During a recent heavy rainstorm my son looked out our back window and pointed out two birds sitting under our tree that must have been caught in the storm before they could get to shelter. As I watched the birds I was amazed at what I saw. There was a baby bird with its back against the tree out of the heavy wind and rain. The parent bird was a little further out in the storm sitting calmly and enduring the pouring rain. The parent hardly moved, but stood guard and was nearby to be a comfort to the little one who was just learning to fly. As the storm began to subside and they moved out together to a bush with more protection, I could see this as an example of how our Lord is with us in our storms and how He will be our shelter.

T – Tranquility: How can we have tranquility in the midst of a storm? “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts” Colossians 3:15. Tranquility means to be calm, in a peaceful state of mind and absent of worry. It’s easy to turn to the things of the world or to others for comfort but, the better step to first take is go to the Word of God and fill your mind and spirit with His living Word. Be diligent to spend time in prayer and allow the Lord to comfort your hurting heart and speak His peace to you. This is the most powerful way to find tranquility in any storm you encounter.

The next time you are in a difficult situation remind yourself of the storm instructions R.E.S.T: Remember the Lord is in your storm. He expects you to have faith. He will be your shelter. Fill your mind with God’s Word so you have tranquility in any storm you encounter.

Remember

Expect

Shelter

Tranquility

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Prayer For Africa

Drought, violence, famine surrounds the people of East Africa today. This drought is being quoted as the worst in 60 years and has the potential to affect more than 12 million people. Contributing to the already difficult situation are rebel groups that hinder delivery of food in the region and the need of additional funding for international aid. As humanitarian agencies are working to provide food and resources to the Horn of Africa, we can be a help to the many suffering people by praying for this nation as they face a time of great crisis.

  • Pray the Lord will move in a miraculous way to get food and supplies into Africa.
  • Pray this will be a time that people will look to the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior and their refuge.
  • Pray protection for the people who are working and serving to try and get help to those in need.

“Vindicate the weak and fatherless;

do justice to the afflicted and destitute.

Rescue the weak and needy;

deliver them out of the hand of the wicked.”

Psalm 82:3-4

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A Vessel for the Lord – Part 2

Vessel: Somebody who embodies quality

(Bing.com/dictionary)

Another reason we are to understand the importance of a vessel is found in II Timothy 2:21. We are told to avoid wickedness and, “if a man cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.” Consider the purpose for each one of us is to be a useful vessel for the Lord Jesus Christ.

A Wal-Mart plate vs. a Dillard’s crystal dish – serving pieces for different circumstances –“Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and of earthenware” II Timothy 2:20. This example of the gold and earthenware dishes is a reflection of the different types of people in the Body of Christ. This might speak of those who have been given more resources compared to others who have less means. It might be an example of people who have spiritual gifts and qualities that are used in a more well-known setting compared to people who faithfully serve behind the scenes without recognition or acknowledgement. Our responsibility is to, “give preference to one another in honor” Romans 12:10, to not envy or demean others because of what they have or don’t have. Each dish and vessel is equally important for the service in a home just as each person in a fellowship is equally valuable to the Lord.

A loud teapot – a complaining vessel – “Woe to the one who quarrels with his Maker … will the clay say to the potter what are you doing?” Isaiah 45:9. We have a word of warning to be careful of dissatisfaction in our life. One area to be cautious of is comparing your life to others. You have been uniquely created by a loving God who gave you certain qualities and characteristics. You are opening your heart to discontent when you contrast your situation, appearance or qualities with someone else. The Lord says, “It is I who made the earth, and created man upon it” (Isaiah 45:12) and our mindset should be “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made” Psalm 139:14. Choose to be a grateful vessel for how you have been created.

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A Vessel for the Lord – Part 1

Vessel: a container for holding something or a person into whom some quality is infused. (Merriam-webster.com)
There is a reason we need to understand the importance of a vessel.  The Word of God tells us, “We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing greatness of the power may be of God and not from ourselves … that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body” (II Corinthians 4:7 & 10).
As Believers in Christ, we want to be containers or vessels that hold the presence of the Lord and a good verse to pray for our lives is, “That each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor.”  Another translation says, “That each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable” (I Thessalonians 4:4).  Let’s look at different vessels and see how they might apply to our lives in a spiritual way.
Rent to own dishes – a vessel that is owned by another – “But now, O Lord, You are our Father, we are the clay, and You our potter; and all of us are the work of Your hand” Isaiah 64:8.  As a vessel that is owned by another, we will not always have the right to make choices for our lives.  There are decisions and situations our Lord will ask us to follow that we do not understand.  We are reminded in I Corinthians 7:23 that we were bought with a price, that we belong to someone else, to the Lord Jesus Christ. If you are now in a difficult place and wonder why the Lord allowed certain things to happen in your life, remember His word that you are being shaped as clay.  As the potter, His hands will not be removed from you until He is finished with the work being created in your life.
A basket – a vessel to serve and feed the Body of Christ – the disciples “… filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves, which were left over by those who had eaten.”  This story is taken from John 6:3-13 when Jesus took five loaves of bread, two fish, fed over 5,000 people and still had twelve baskets of food left over. This is a picture to us that we are also to be a vessel that feeds others.  How can you be a type of spiritual basket?  You can feed others by speaking the Word of God to them and encouraging with words of wisdom from the scriptures. When you read something from the Bible and it reminds you of a friend share it with them.  Use a passage of scripture to pray for someone or encourage others in the good qualities you see in their lives by using a verse from the Word.  One of the last things Jesus asked Peter to do was to feed His sheep – John 21.  You can be a vessel that feeds those around you with the words that are spirit and life (see John 6:63).
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A Job Friend

 
“A friend loves at all times” (Proverbs 17:7)
Job was a man who went through one of the more difficult situations compared to many people of the Bible.He lost all of his children, his belongings and even his health.When Job’s three friends heard what happened to him they began to mourn with him and even sat with him for seven days and seven nights.What a comfort it must have been for him to have friends during his time of pain.Job said, “For the despairing man there should be kindness from his friend” (Job 6:14).
How interesting that Job had three friends.The number three is symbolic of strength, “A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart” (Ecclesiastes 4:12).The friends that came around Job should have formed a circle of strength to help him in his time of suffering.The friends’ actions seemed honorable but their words were not.They believed Job’s suffering was his own fault and accused him of being an ungodly man.There were no words of comfort, only harsh assumptions adding more pain to a hurting heart.
Have you ever felt that way about your friends when they are going through tough times?“There must be something wrong with their lives or why can’t they get their life together or why do they keep making the same mistakes?”The Bible says, “Men at ease have contempt for misfortune” (Job 12:5 NIV). When life is going well for us it is easy to become unsympathetic toward people who seem to struggle on a regular basis.
Do you tell your friends you understand but really think critical or judgmental thoughts about their situation?Be careful not to be a “Job” friend and instead give your friends words of encouragement and reminders of Gods love for them even if you do not understand their situation.Then you will accomplish Gods command in Galatians 6:2, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Pray you will be the kind of friend who loves at all times.
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Life on the Street

I see them everywhere I go, sitting under a bridge, sleeping on a bench and walking around the city. They are weather burned, unkempt and in need of a bath and hair cut. They are the people who live on the streets of my city and they have become a part of my everyday life. My reaction ranges from wanting to help to feeling there is little I can do. How easy it has become to look the other way.

It’s common to find them at a street light with a sign to encourage you to feel something for their situation. Those moments when my heart grieves for them, my thoughts are, “Is it wise to give them my change? Will it go for drugs and alcohol? Am I only supporting their habit?” As I sit inside the comfort of my car wondering what to do I realize there is something even better I can give than money; I can give the gift or payer. Here are a few ideas you can pray:

·They will have opportunities to hear about Jesus.
·They will not harden their heart to the love of Christ.
·A desire to change and be set free.
·Protection from the ungodly influences of street life.
·Food, shelter, and other bodily provisions.
·The enemy will not keep them in a state of confusion.
·Deliverance from drugs and alcohol.
·Healing of their emotions.
Even though you may not have spoken or given money, you have touched their life by offering a simple prayer and followed what we are encouraged to do in I Timothy 2:1, “First of all, then I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men.” May the Lord give you a greater heart of prayer for those who live on the street.
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What I found about obeying.

Several years ago, I was praying for someone and felt the Lord direct me to pray the word obedience because it was a quality he desired to greatly use in this person’s life. My first thougt was how difficult it can be to obey the Lord and his word, but as I began to study and read more about this quality I was surprised by what I found. What started as a simple word to pray for someone became a powerful lesson for me.

The first thing I discovered was that obedience has set us free. This is seen in the life of Jesus, “He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:8). Not only have we been set free by Christ’s obedience on the cross, but his act of submission has made us righteous and set us free from sin (see Romans 5:19). Even though I have known these scriptures for many years, my heart was deeply moved that Jesus had a choice to make regarding the cross and he chose to be obedient to what the Father was asking him to do.

The next thing I found was obedience is a quality that has far reaching effects. When Abraham obeyed God many people were blessed, “And through your offspring all nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed me” (Genesis 22:18). Wow, how did I not ever notice the obedience of one person touched so many lives? When we choose to obey, it will have an effect on those around us and will bless others. Imagine the affect this could have on our family, friends, our work place and even our nation when we obey the Lord’s voice? In those times when obedience is difficult and costly, cling to what Acts 5:29 tells us to do, “We must obey God rather than men.” Each one of us will face situations the Father will not want us to be involved in and will be hard to say no to, but the decision of obedience will be blessed and used in ways you may not ever see. An obedient heart is one that can be trusted with many things of the kingdom.

Something else I discovered was that obedience results in intimacy with God, “Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples” (Exodus 19:5). How interesting that obedience is tied to relationship. This made me evalulate my life, even the simple things I don’t give much thought too. What areas am I not obeying that has affected my walk with Christ, my life of prayer and relationship with him? My prayer was, “Lord, it is my desire to have fellowship with you, please show me those areas that I have not obeyed you and your word” and he did. Is it fair to say that obedience = devotion? I believe so.

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