Kass came home from school on Friday and I could tell something was wrong. As I inquired about her day, she informed me that one of the beloved teachers at her school had a seizure as school was ending, and that she didn’t know if he was OK because she had to get on her bus.
I had just met with the same teacher a week earlier, during a parent-teacher conference. He shared great concern and thoughtfulness for the young tween we had recently taken guardianship of, who was now in his class. I was looking forward to working with him for the remainder of the school year.
After the initial shock, I immediately grabbed the girls’ hands and we prayed for him. There was nothing else I could do in that moment, but I knew we didn’t have to hopelessly worry if he was OK or not. I knew I could immediately petition the throne of God on his behalf. And that’s what we did.
Afterwards, I still had a knot in my stomach, but kept declaring that he was OK, that God had already responded to our faith-filled prayer, and that angels were there to help him.
As I continued to think about him, I realized that I had rarely prayed for my daughters’ teachers over the years. There were a few times here and there because of a special circumstances or sickness, but I had not been in the habit of regularly praying for them.
As I pondered this, I realized in over 10 years, I never bothered to make a practice of praying for those teachers who had spent so much time with my children each school day. Yes, I would pray in the summer that they could be assigned a great teacher best suited to their learning style, but each day as I prayed for the girls before releasing them to school, I had neglected to pray for blessings for their teachers as well.
I am thankful that the Lord revealed this to me. I know I struggle while going through different situations in life, and appreciate anyone praying for me, and I’m sure teachers can use our prayers as much as anyone else.
We don’t know what kind of issues they are dealing – whether it be emotional, with their health, or any number of things. Couple that with having to deal with a classroom (or changing classrooms) of children – and I’m sure many days can get overwhelming.
Over the weekend, the school district informed us that the teacher suffered a major heart attack. Thankfully he is receiving great care but is still in ICU recovering. It’s just another reminder of why we should follow today’s Offensive Strategy, as we are instructed to pray for mankind.
Your prayers are appreciated for this special teacher as he continues to recover. And remember when you send your child(ren) off to school, send a prayer up for their teachers as well!
In addition to teachers, are there any other people in your circle that you can start praying for on a regular basis? Your child’s coach? Your Family Doctor? Your Mail Carrier? The owner of, or server at your favorite restaurant?
There are plenty of people we encounter regularly that can use our prayers. Let’s not wait until tragedy strikes before we start praying for them.