Start your day with prayer
Before students arrive, before they gather at desks or tables, before the busyness of the day takes over, take a few moments to prepare your mind and heart for the task in front of you. Invite the Lord to lead and guide your every step and watch what He can do in you and through you.
If you desire to see that, but you’re not sure how to pray for that or where to start, then we encourage you to use the prayers below as a starting point.
“I am thankful you have given me the opportunity to love you and serve you in this day. Lord I know you have great plans for me in this day and I pray Lord that I wouldn’t get in the way of what you are doing. You’ve had this day planned since you laid the foundation of the world in place.
You have ordained every interaction with students, teachers, and faculty that I’ll have on this day. Don’t let that fact get lost on me, Lord. Every word I speak, every look I give, and every gesture I make-let them all bring glory to you Lord, and point each person in my care back to you.‘
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. – Matthew 5:16
“Father God, I thank you and I praise you for this day. It’s a brand new day, a day that you have made. Thank you for waking me up this morning with a song in my heart and praise on my lips. Thank you for the breath in my lungs and another day to praise you and serve you. Everything you have made is good Lord. Great is your faithfulness, Lord. I want to praise you with all I am today, so as the sun comes up this morning let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.“
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my Redeemer. – Psalm 19:14
“Thank you for each student you will bring to this class today. You know that each one of them has different needs. Some are coming with excitement for what the day holds. Some are coming with curious minds and hearts. Still, others are coming with fear and anxiety. Lord, I lift up those who are battling for peace in their hearts every day. You know what each of us is going through and we trust that you will bring peace and hope to every one of these individuals.“
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” – Genesis 1:26
“Each one of these students is created in your image Lord. Please let me see them the way you see them. You know what words I need to speak to each student to bring out their best words of encouragement, words of peace, words to lead them and guide them to see you on this day. That’s what I want most of all today Lord. For them to see you in me. Fill me with your Spirit, Lord. Fill me to overflow with your love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. – Galatians 5:22-23
“Give me compassion for those who struggle. Allow me to see the strengths of each child and to encourage them in who you’ve created them to be.
My body will get tired today Lord. My mind will wander and I will grow weary. Give me the energy to sustain my body, today Lord. Give me wisdom and knowledge, a calm demeanor, and a peace-filled mind.
You see me Lord and you know where I fall short. You know where I am weak, and you give me your strength. You know where I am strong-please give me a spirit of humility so that I always rely on you.”
Surround me with your tender mercies so I may live, for your instructions are my delight. – Psalms 119:77
Finding JOY every day
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You’re going to hear a lot of great music. Music with meaning…but you’re still going to want to sing along with the songs.
You’re going to hear on-air personalities that are real people. Laughing. Having fun. And being honest about life.
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