This teacher appreciation prayer can be used throughout the school year as a personal prayer or as a group prayer to show our thanks and appreciation to teachers for their service to our families and our communities.
This teacher appreciation prayer can also be used on special occasions when teachers are recognized, such as National Teacher Appreciation Week which is held during the first full week of May in the U.S or on World Teacher’s Day which is celebrated on October 5 around the world.
Teacher Appreciation Prayer
Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank you today for all of our teachers and educators who have dedicated their lives to educating our children, youth and adults. We thank you for the ways they have inspired us, motivated us, challenged us and guided us into greater knowledge.
Along with instructing us in academic subjects, we thank you how our teachers have equipped us with the tools we need to be able to grow and achieve. In their classrooms we have learned how to communicate well, how to cooperate and work with each other and how to use organized approaches to reach complex goals, achieve levels of excellence and follow our dreams.
We thank you God that our teachers help us learn to live productively within our communities and in our world.
We pray especially that you will bless our teachers with your help and grace. Fill them daily with encouragement by showing them specific ways that their teaching efforts are making a difference in their students’ lives and in the world.
Keep their classrooms safe from all threat of harm.
Give them the resources and teaching tools they need to do their jobs well.
Guard their time from the interference of unnecessary administrative duties and from highly demanding schedules.
Grant them manageable class sizes and pleasant atmospheres in which to work.
Give our teachers the wisdom, training and staff support they need to deal with students with learning disabilities, learning differences, health problems, handicaps, behavior problems and difficult home lives.
Give them the grace to discipline students fairly and effectively.
Keep our teachers aware of behavioral and emotional changes in their students. Enable them to start conversations and direct their students toward helpful resources about personal problems such as difficult home lives, depression, abuse, low self esteem, bullying and drug use.
Grant supportive parents and communities to all of our teachers. Keep the communication lines open between teachers and parents. Help parents listen well and not push the teacher to make exceptions to the rules for their child. May our teachers be blessed with parents and
community members who volunteer often in the classroom making it easier for teachers to concentrate on teaching.
Provide times of rest and renewal for our teachers. Bless their health, their home lives and their spirits. Provide for their financial and emotional needs. Nurture their faith. Protect their health. Prosper their work.
Help our teachers know today and every day how much we appreciate their dedication to educating and equipping us with the knowledge and skills we need to succeed in life.
We pray these things in the name and spirit of Jesus, the Good Teacher. Amen.
About this teacher appreciation prayer
As Christians, it’s important that we lift up our teachers in prayer often. We don’t have look any farther than newspaper headlines to know that in today’s environment teachers face a complex set of modern challenges including violence in schools, social media attacks, teen suicide and drug abuse. They also face the same personal issues we all do including the modern dilemma of work/life balance and handling stress. Added to the mix are the strict guidelines separating a teacher’s personal religious expression and practice from their work in the classroom.
The truth is, teaching has always been one of the pillars of faith and religion. We were created to learn from each other and this capacity is vital to both our physical and spiritual lives. The Bible counts the teaching of spiritual truth and knowledge as one of the Gifts of the Spirit. (see Ephesians 4:11-13)
When people addressed Jesus in the Bible, the majority of the time they called him Teacher because of his strong ability to impart divine knowledge to all. It wasn’t unusual for crowds of 5,000 or more to gather to hear Jesus teach.
Jesus was also addressed as “Good Teacher” not only making reference to the knowledge he imparted to people, but also his strong desire to connect to people on a personal level and to show them God’s love and concern for them. There is no greater role model for the noble profession of teaching than teachers who love both learning and love and care about the wellbeing of their students.
May we pray that God’s love shine through our teachers.
Teacher appreciation scriptures
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7
Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge. Proverbs 23:12
Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor. Galatians 6:6
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