- Lord, please. . .
- Fill me with Your Spirit and power to enable me to lead each of my students to Jesus Christ. Acts 4:31
- Convict my students’ hearts of sin and call them to repentance and salvation. John 16:8
- Show any sin in my heart which would hinder the Holy Spirit from using me. Psalm 66:18
- Prepare my students to be laborers of the harvest one day. Luke 10:2
- Give my students the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of You. Eph. 1:17
- Allow the eyes of their hearts to be enlightened. Eph. 1:18
- Strengthen each student and teacher with power through Your Spirit. Eph. 3:16
- Root and ground each of my students in love and respect. Eph. 3:17
- Help each of my students to have humility, gentleness, patience and show tolerance for one another in love. Eph. 4:2
- Don’t allow anyone to deceive them with empty words and help them to stand firm when confronted with evil. Eph. 5:6
In Jesus Name, Amen
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We offer prayers for teachers because teachers have the enormous responsibility of imparting knowledge to our children, and their job is often difficult!
Prayers for teachers are to be said for and by them, to bring guidance and divine support so that they may bring the word of God to others. The prayers are for Sunday school and religious educators, but apply in principle to all teachers.
There is also a prayer that teachers may say to request guidance for difficult and troubled students.
“Luke 6:40: There is no disciple who is superior to his teacher; but every one whose instruction is complete will be like his teacher.”
The following has been submitted by Olga de Juana. Thanks Olga!
Help me to be a fine teacher,
to keep peace in the classroom,
peace between my students and myself,
to be kind and gentle
to each and every one of my students.
Help me to be merciful to my students,
to balance mercy and discipline
in the right measure for each student,
to give genuine praise as much as possible,
to give constructive criticism
in a manner that is palatable to my students.
Help me to remain conscientious
enough to keep my lessons always interesting,
to recognize what motivates each of my students,
to accept my students’ limitations
and not hold it against them.
Help me not to judge my students too harshly,
to be fair to all,
to be a good role model,
but most of all Lord help me
to show your love to all of my students.
Sunday School Teacher’s Prayer
Father in Heaven, I thank You that
You have called upon me to take part in
the instruction of young people. See that
I am fit to do this honored work before me.
Grant me a clear understanding of Your word.
Teach me, that I may teach others. Help me
to realize the solemnity of instructing immortal
souls, and give me aptness to teach. Enable me
to set before my students a pious example.
Make Your word quick and powerful in the
hearts of all. Bless, I pray You, each of the
students committed to my care. Grant that
they may receive with all readiness of mind
the lessons of Your word, that they may be
brought to the full knowledge of Your grace
and to the true faith in Jesus Christ our Lord.
O Lord, bless also their parents. Help them
to bring up their children under the care and
admonition of the Lord. Sanctify them, that
they may feel a pious concern for the salvation
of their children. Grant Your blessing upon the
instruction and admonition of both parents and
teachers, that all these children may become full
members of Your church, and heirs of Your salvation.
May these children be motivated to also say
prayers for teachers as well. Bless, O Lord, the
superintendent and the pastor. May our school
and church prosper to the praise of Your holy name,
and to the salvation of all the members,
for Jesus’ sake, amen.
Prayer of a Sunday school student
Dear Father in Heaven, I pray for Your blessing.
I thank You for this Sunday school, where I may
learn more about You. I thank You that You
have called upon me into Your covenant by
baptism. Help me to remember my Creator
in the days of my youth, that I may not depart
from Your ways.
Bless our school, officers,
teachers and students alike. Help us to learn
Your truth with joy. Open our hearts that we
may receive Your word. Help us to love and
obey Your truth.
O Lord, bless my teacher
and give him or her much joy in teaching us.
Bless my parents, and help me to obey them
in Your name. Please forgive all my sins,
and help me to be Your obedient,
faithful child, for Jesus’ sake.
Prayer for Troubled Kids
Almighty God, Heavenly Father, whose mercies are new unto us every morning, and Thy faithfulness every night, grant us. we pray Thee, Thy Holy Spirit, that we may heartily acknowledge Thy merciful goodness toward us, give thanks for all Thy benefits, and serve Thee in willing obedience, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Merciful God, we pray on behalf of these children and youths, that they may be more and more renewed by Thy Holy Spirit. Grant that they may receive with all readiness of mind the lessons of Thy word, that they may be brought to full knowledge of Thy grace and to the true faith in Jesus Christ. Cause all sinful affections to die in them, and all things belonging to the Spirit to live and grow in them. Give them strength to gain the victory over the world, the flesh and the devil. Defend them against temptation and every pitfall. Let Thy fatherly hand supply their wants for this life, and let Thy Holy Spirit guide them in the way of Thy commandments. Make them living members of Thy Holy Church, and heirs through hope of Thine everlasting kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Almighty and gracious God, we ask Thy blessing upon all Thy servants to whom Thou hast committed the work of teaching the young; guide them, O Good Shepherd of the sheep, that they may be able to guide the lambs of Thy flock in the way of life; and give them Thy continued grace, that they may persevere in the good work which they have undertaken; reward them abundantly through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with Thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honor and glory, world without end. Amen!
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I teach with a co-teacher and we have been teaching 8-10 year olds (3rd/4th Grade U.S.A) in Sunday School for the past five years. I wanted to share with others something that the Lord has used in our class and has been a blessing to be a part of each week.
In our class we have a prayer time each week before we begin our Bible lesson. Our heart’s desire in doing this each week is to enable the students to not be afraid to pray publicly. As adults it can be intimidating to be called on to pray publicly. Our prayer is that our students will take what they learn in class and be children who pray privately and publicly. To help students become more accustomed to praying in public and also to aid them to pray privately we teach them to praise God, thank God and make our requests to God. As they learn the discipline and joy of prayer early in life, it’s our prayer that as they serve the Most High God they continue to be faithful prayer warriors.
How we implement prayer in our class is to have a prayer time each week before our lesson begins. To prepare for this time we have prepared cards for the students to select. There are 3 categories that we prepare. Praise, Thanks and Request cards. On the praise cards there are examples of how to praise God. “I praise you because You are our comforter. You comfort me when I am discouraged.” On the thank you cards we have examples of things we can thank God for. “Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins.” On the request cards we have examples for requests. “Please help our pastor to preach Your Word or Please help our leaders to make wise decisions.” (We keep it to simple sentence prayers so that we have time for all the students to participate.) We have several cards to choose from. Each week as the students get the idea of praise, thanks, and requests they become more comfortable to use their own prayers of praise, thanks and requests. When they first arrive we remind them to choose their cards if they need cards and if they already know what they want to praise, thank and pray for they don’t need to take the prepared cards. The cards provide something to help the students who are scared to pray out loud. In the beginning they are participating by reading off their card when it’s their turn. It’s our prayer that as they continue each week it becomes natural for them to pray out loud and not be focused on the others around them. (In past classes we provided a piece of paper that had the three components with a blank for the student to fill in to help them pray their own individual prayers. The sheet said: I praise you because…..Thank You for…..Please help……) An index card or a blank piece of paper can work well too. As our students grew and became more accustomed to doing this each week they did not need the cards. We provide the cards each week for possible first time visitors and for the students who still want to use the cards.
As we pray each week the Lord will gives insights how to encourage and help the students to grow in their prayers. For instance, in our class we noticed a trend that most of the students when praying without cards would say, “I praise you because you are holy.” That is an awesome characteristic to praise God for! What we wanted the students to realize is that as they pray that it’s important to remember what that are saying means. God is perfect and without sin. We don’t want to pray the same things every time we pray. Prayer is talking with God and having a relationship with Him. We don’t say the same things over and over when we talk to our friends. It’s important to encourage them to praise God in new ways. To help them do that we encouraged them to think about how God helped them that week. If they were sick and God healed them, they can praise God as the one who healed.
When it is time to pray as a class we get on our knees. We explain that we get on our knees to show respect to God. Jesus knelt as He prayed Luke 22:41 We explain to them that there will be a time of silence so we can quiet our hearts before God. As we quiet our hearts before Him if He shows us anything that we have done that is sin against Him we need to ask Him to forgive us. (A time of confession so we can be clean before God as we come to Him in prayer.) After that moment of quiet the lead teacher begins the prayer time and the students take their turn and the c0-teacher closes out the prayer time. This time has been such a blessing for us as teachers. We have seen even the shyest students pray something very simple in our time of public praying.
When we implemented this in our class we did not allow it to be an option if students wanted to pray or not. This sounds very rigid but if you allow them the option some won’t ever try. (If the child is a visitor we tell them this is what we do in our class and show them the cards and if they want to participate they are welcome.) We encourage the students that this is a safe place to pray. We all came to Sunday School to learn more about God. This time of prayer is helping us to learn how we can pray together. When we are at home we pray privately but there will be times that we need to pray together. We encourage them to speak so that we all can hear. Example: When a person says, “Thank you God for healing my Grandmother”, we all can say thank you to God in our hearts for what He has done.
Even if it might seem as though some students are going through the motions by taking their turn and reading their cards, seeds are being planted in their hearts. As the student reads : “I praise You because You are the Bread of Life; Your Word feeds my spirit, or I praise You as the Prince of Peace, You give peace to me when I am upset” these Biblical truths are being planted in their hearts.
This was shared for the purpose of encouraging and helping anyone with a need for ideas how to teach your students to pray. As with all circumstances in the classroom the teacher needs to be in tune with the Lord’s leadership. What works well in our class may not work the same in another. God is faithful to help you teach your class the important discipline of prayer and He will enable you to do it in the way that’s best for your students.
Mr. Green was a great Sunday School teacher. I was in third grade at a little Baptist church in Southern California and, frankly, and I don’t remember a single lesson he taught in class. But he was my best teacher ever!
How can that be, you ask? Because Mr. Green had qualities about him that transcended the ability to take a lesson from the curriculum and get me to understand it. Mr. Green was a great Sunday School teacher because he was willing to be and was willing to do what it took to make a difference in my life.
He exhibited 8 Qualities of a Great Sunday School Teacher that I think are present in every great teacher.
The 8 Qualities of a Great Sunday School Teacher:
1) A heart for God
This is where all ministry begins, whether you are teaching Sunday School or leading the entire church. In fact, this is where our ministry should flow from – our deep, sincere, committed heart for God.
2) A love for people
Scripture teaches that the two greatest commands are to love God and to love . . . people (Mark 12:30-31)! Our teaching ought to flow from our love for God but because of our love for people. This means we are not only committed to the lesson, but to actually understanding and building relationships with the people we are teaching.
3) A passion for God’s Word
A heart for God and a love for people set the stage for the content of our teaching. And that content needs to be solidly based on Biblical truth. As a Sunday School teacher, it’s our responsibility to dig in to God’s Word not just to teach our lesson, but to understand it fully and allow it to permeate every part of our life. As we do this, every element of our teaching becomes based on and saturated in the Word.
4) A habit of praying
Oswald Chambers, author of My Utmost For His Highest, said “Prayer does not equip us for greater works, prayer is the greater work.” A great Sunday School teacher knows that it is the power of God that brings about transformation, so a deep dependence on God, exhibited through the habit of praying, is essential for a great Sunday School teacher.
5) A commitment to personal growth
Any great teacher is only a great teacher as long as they continue to grow. This is true of a Sunday School teacher, as well. Luke 2:52 says that “Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and all the people.” Basically, he grew mentally, physically, spiritually and socially. A great example for any great Sunday School teacher.
6) An ability to teach
Some people have the gift of teaching, while others learn enough to become competent at it. Either way, no one can be a great Sunday School teacher if they don’t have the ability to teach!
7) A willingness to prepare
It really doesn’t matter if you have an ability to teach if you’re not willing to prepare. Sure, great teachers can “wing it” in a pinch, but they know that that’s not the way to be effective. Preparation takes time and effort, and great Sunday School teachers are willing to give both.
8) A dedication to the people they teach
One of the things I loved most about Mr. Green was the fact that he was dedicated to us. No, I would not have been able to articulate that in third grade, but I could see it in who he was and what he did. He was there every Sunday, he visited my Little League games, he planned outings for us, he talked with my parents about what we were learning, he was interested in my life outside the classroom, he prayed for and with us often, and so much more. He was dedicated to me and the other guys in the class, and it showed.
Yes, Mr. Green was a great Sunday School teacher. I may not remember the lessons, but he taught me a lot in that third grade Sunday School class. He taught me to love God and love His Word. He taught me to love others and to practice the principles that God wanted me to practice. And, perhaps most of all, he exhibited all the important qualities of a great Sunday School teacher – not because he had to, but because that’s who he was. And it forever changed my life for good. And whether it’s third grade, junior high or adults you are teaching, practice these 8 Qualities and you’ll be a great Sunday School teacher, too!
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