It goes without saying that the challenges of a new year of school are more deeply felt by a wider group of people than any year most of us can recall. Don’t get me wrong, each year teachers and administrators feel a certain level of both stress and excitement. Parents feel a mixture of eagerness, angst, and sadness as they send their babies into a new adventure. Students feel the tug of being eager to see friends, but also sad in seeing Summer end.
This year, however, there seems to be a solidarity in our angst. Parents are wondering how they will juggle their job with having their children in distance learning. Teachers and administrators aren’t sure what it will look like to keep up with masks and protocols, all while fearing an outbreak of COVID-19. It is very likely that many students are intrigued by a new way of education, but aren’t fully aware of the challenges that face them in this new way of learning and socialization.
God’s Word gives us helpful and direct instruction for what to do when we feel anxious: pray. In Philippians 4:6, Paul says this:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
So prayer is where we turn today, knowing that when we pray, God hears us. Northland Church in Longwood, Florida provides these helpful ways to direct our prayers for students, parents, teachers, and administrators:
* Pray for the health of students, pre-school to college, as they adjust back to new school environments in person, at home, and virtually. That they would feel safe & have a Godly attitude of respect towards those leading them.
* Pray for students to be strong in their faith; that they would be seen as a light on their campus or in their online meetings. Embolden them with your truth and your wisdom, Oh God.
* Pray for students to remember whose they are and who they represent this year.
* Pray for parents who are and have already been making difficult decisions leading up to the start of the school year.
* Pray for these families that are learning in new and challenging environments at home or in person; that this transition would be smooth and beneficial.
* Pray they have the wisdom, resources, and support necessary to do what is best for their family. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
* Pray for parents to lead their children by modeling a life of prayer, faith, and being in your word.
* Pray for parents to have wisdom and discernment to know when their child is struggling with something (spiritually, relationally, academically, etc.), and to seek the Lord on how to best handle the situation. (James 1:5)
* Pray for balance as they feel the pressure to manage jobs, responsibilities while educating their students. Pray for their marriages and relationships to be protected, restored and strengthened during this season.
Teachers & Administrators:
* Pray for the safety and health of our teachers and administrators.
* Pray for strength and endurance as they add new protocols and take extra steps to help keep students safe as well as their own families and loved ones at home.
* Pray for teachers to have wisdom and insight as they help students get back on track after an extended time off for many.
* Pray for Christian teachers to have the boldness to teach facts and critical thinking, rather than ideologies and agendas contrary to God’s truth. (Joshua 1:9)
* Pray for teachers and administrators to exhibit grace and empathy for troubled students, while maintaining a safe and orderly environment. (Colossians 3:12-15)
* Pray for Christian teachers and administrators to be encouraged in their calling to serve the next generation, especially on difficult days when they feel they are alone. (Galatians 6:9)
* Pray for Christian coaches & club leaders to develop meaningful relationships as mentors to students who they can encourage and disciple. (Proverbs 27:17)
* Pray for school administrators as they make key decisions this year.
* Pray for endurance and perseverance in the faith as pressure from anti-faith groups grows increasingly more targeted and intentional. (Ephesians 6:13)
* Pray for churches to develop meaningful relationships with students to maintain a godly influence on their lives. (1 Corinthians 4:15)