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Summary: For this reason we have not ceased to pray and make special request for you asking that you may be filled with the full (deep and clear) knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom (in comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God) and in unde

Prayer Guide for Teachers - (Col. 1:9-11)

Prayer Guide Teachers

Quote: William A. Ward has said, "The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.

Progress Magazine, December 23, 1992.

Illustration: An item in "The Report Card" told of a study done in Colorado in which 3000 high school seniors were asked about their best teachers. From their responses this composite was drawn. The ideal teacher (1) is genuinely concerned and interested in students as individuals; (2) requires students to work; (3) is impartial in dealing with students; and (4) is obviously enthusiastic about teaching.

Today In The Word, Oct, 1989, p. 25.

Illustration: Teaching is the inculcation of the incomprehensible into the minds of the ignorant by the means of the incompetent...is the transfer of material from the teacher’s notes to the student’s notebook, without it going through either’s minds.

J. Dennis Miller, president of Church Youth Development states that a problem with educating young people in the church stems from a failure to understand how young people learn. He claims that adults learn in the following pattern: 1) acceptance of absolutes; 2) subordination of attitudes and actions to absolutes; 3) application of truth received to life experience. Knowing something as an adult is based primarily upon remembering information and intellectual learning.

Youth, Miller contends, learn in a different way: 1) evaluation of life experience; 2) discovery of attitudes and actions which validate their life experiences; 3) identifying truth based on their relevance to life experience; 4) acceptance of truths that prove reliable from life experience. Life experience is the main influence on the learning young mind.

Paul’s prayer for teachers :

Col. 1:9-11 – “For this reason we have not ceased to pray and make special request for you asking that you may be filled with the full (deep and clear) knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom (in comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God) and in understanding and discernment of spiritual things so that you can walk in way that is pleasing to the Lord in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and steadily growing and increasing in the knowledge of God (with fuller, deeper and clearer insight, acquaintance and recognition. We pray that you will be invigorated and strengthened with all power according to the might of His glory (to exercise) every kind of endurance with patience (perseverance and forbearance) with joy.” (Amplified Version)

Song:

If your body suffers pain and your health you can’t regain,

And your soul is almost sinking in despair,

Jesus knows the pain you feel, He can save and He can heal;

Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.

Refrain - Leave it there, leave it there,

Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.

If you trust and never doubt, He will surely bring you out.

Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.

When your enemies assail and your heart begins to fail,

Don’t forget that God in heaven answers prayer;

He will make a way for you and will lead you safely through.

Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.

The following is a alphabetic list of key points to help you learn how to pray for teachers. You might want to make a copy of the following and use it in your prayer notebook to pray over for yourself, your teachers and faithful people who will teach others also. (2 Tim. 2:2)

Quote: To pray in the Spirit is to pray according to the will of God by the word of God and with the powerful direction of the Holy Spirit.

A - Anointing - Ask God for the anointing that is empowering, filling, directing, controlling, fruit-producing, healing, restoring, refreshing, and maturing people so that they will operate in the Spirit’s power, truth and grace.

A – Accountability - Ask God to help the teacher remain accountable so that they teach with the fear of the Lord and complete submission to His will, way and word.

B - Boldness - Pray that the person speaks the word of God with boldness, confidence, & articulative cross-cultural effectiveness.

C - Comfort - Ask God for the comfort when one is discouraged, broken-hearted, or stressed out. Trust the Lord for the comfort of the Spirit’s song, strength, & succor.

C – Communication – Ask God to give the teacher all kinds of excellent communicative skills

C – Content – Pray that the teacher study and deliver good Biblical content so that they are approved of God handling accurately the word of truth.

C – Contextualization – Pray that the Lord helps one teach in a manner that is relevant, appropriate, suitable and effective to every hearer.

C – Conviction – Pray that God will convict those who are being taught. The Holy Spirit convicts us of our sins by pointing out areas in our life where we are not living up to Christ’s standards of commitment. Jesus said, "Why do you call me Lord, Lord, but do not do the things that I say.

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