Last week I began to journal my prayers for my kids' schools. I firmly believe that this is one of my primary responsibilities this year! I am determined to obey God and do this consistently. With the privilege of being connected to three schools, I need to write down some things or my 40 something year old brain will self destruct. Plus, when I write things down, I can go back and see how God has answered and is answering. I spy Him at work! It's been amazing to see Him working this week as I've prayed some very specific things for my kids' schools and teachers.
Last week I spent much time asking God to make the believing teachers at Justin's high school bold in their visible spiritual walk. I asked God to help these Christians even use the name of Jesus Christ. I even asked that the kids would notice the difference in these teachers. I've been asking for 2 years now that God would bring a few more kids to our church from Justin's school. For those of you unfamiliar with our little part of the world, we have three high schools in Lee's Summit. Justin attends Lee's Summit West. Though we have an amazing group of students at First Baptist, we only have a few kids from LSW.
I undoubtedly saw God at work in teacher interactions and emails and hearing Justin talk. I also almost scared a couple of kids to death at church yesterday when I was able to welcome 2 new LSW kids who were visiting! God is working!
I also asked God to show me some teachers at the middle school who were passionate followers of Christ, and He used my good friend, Suzanne, to give me some names of believers there. Thank You, Lord, for them! Now I can pray for them by name!
Sarah joyously came home two days last week talking about Noah's ark after school...so I know God used a sweet teacher to connect a biblical reminder of God's faithfulness to her class. I'm so thankful God is pulling back the curtain just a little for me and showing me that He reigns...even in school! I'm convinced that He's always working, but I see it more clearly when I'm engaged through prayer!
I just read the best quote by Priscilla Shirer in her Bible study on Gideon that is shaping my prayers this week. Get this:
"...You and I, as a part of His church, have been commissioned to rise up in our own way to serve His purposes in our generation...God has deliberately positioned each of us to be His representative, beckoning our ailing culture to Him - one person at a time...No matter what God's plan looks like in our lives, His hand is on us to wage war against the enemy within our spheres of influence."
So I'm praying for every Christian teacher at LSW, SLMS, and LFE to specifically see their "job" as their CALLING! I'm praying they absolutely cannot get out from under the weight of it! May they teach, care, nurture, discipline, organize, lecture, conduct, and encourage with the understanding that God empowers them to point students and families toward THE ONE who holds it all together so mercifully. I'm also asking that those teachers will encourage my own kids to live out their faith boldly in their school. I need some teachers that Justin really respects to show Him bold faith, and hold him to it!
I'm also asking for some miracles in teachers's families this week, this year! Heal children, heal marriages, Lord! Orchestrate circumstances so that nonbelieving students and coworkers ask questions that lead to testimonies of Your faithfulness!
I spy God at work in my schools!