I won’t find out who my daughter’s teacher is for another day or so. Since we’ve moved to a new school district, learning the name of her third-grade teacher won’t really tell me anything. I don’t know anything about any of the teachers at her new school.
It’s just about as nerve-wracking for me as it is for her.
We’ll finish buying school supplies this week, and sometime before Meet the Teacher night, we’ll put together a teacher survival kit. But I know that, even more important than buying all the erasers and markers and glue sticks in the world, prayer is the number one thing I can do to prepare us for the new school year. I’m praying for my daughter — and also for her teacher (whoever it might be!)
Note: Because I know the options for my daughter’s teacher are all female, I’m using “she” and “her.” Obviously you can say “he” and “him” if your daughter’s teacher is a man!
A Prayer for My Daughter’s Teacher
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for my daughter’s teacher.
Thank you for the time she has spent preparing for this school year.
Thank you for the time she has given to decorating her classroom and
learning how to pronounce all the names and understanding any new guidelines or rules.
Thank you for the money she has spent on tissues and pencils
and granola bars for the kids who don’t have their own.
Thank you for the work she’s put into her own education,
for being a person who truly never stops learning.
God, I ask that you give my daughter’s teacher rest each night as she prepares for the year.
I ask that her rest be refreshing and enough to get her through each day, no matter what it brings.
I ask that you fortify her with a supportive principal, family and friends
(and maybe a stash of chocolate that lasts longer than she expected).
I pray that you give her teacher patience for the difficult days and difficult students
(and difficult parents.)
God, I ask you to give her eyes to see the root of any problems that show up in her classroom
and the wisdom to find solutions and not just band-aids.
And if my daughter is part of any of those problems, I pray that you give her teacher the words
to help or correct her and to inform me. (And I pray that we’d both receive that well.)
God, I ask you to build a bond between my daughter and her teacher,
one that fosters trust and respect, one that leads to knowledge and growth and enrichment.
But I also pray that my daughter would not just learn facts and definitions and vocabulary words.
I pray that her teacher would build up values in my daughter and her classmates,
values like compassion and creativity, perseverance and kindness.
I’m asking, Lord, that — no matter her personality or preference –
my daughter’s teacher would find something in each of her students to appreciate.
I specifically pray that she would see and appreciate my daughter’s unique spirit.
God, I know that you have put my daughter together with her teacher for a reason.
Please help us show her respect and kindness as we do third grade together, as a team.
Help us be a blessing to her, rather than a challenge.
And if we are also a challenge at any point, please open our eyes with perspective and truth.
Thank you, God, for being sovereign and having plans for our good and your glory.
I pray all this in Jesus’ name,