Secret Weapons of Classroom Management: The Power of Prayer
Several months ago, a Twitter post caught my attention. It said, “Prayer is my secret weapon in classroom management.” I instantly fell in love with it as this was my own testimony as a teacher! Prayer broke through the toughest of classroom management scenarios I ever faced. Time and time again God showed up in classroom situations as I prayed until finally I wondered why I was waiting until I was in need to ask for His help. I thought, “Why not add this to my classroom management plan from the get-go? I believed in this so strongly that I shared this with many teachers in my school and now would like to encourage you to do the same! Allow me to share tips on how you can proactively make prayer your secret weapon in classroom management this year.
(To read Trisha’s personal testimony of the power of prayer as a tool of classroom management, click here.)
Your Prayers Are Powerful!
Let me make that scripture more personal to you: The prayer of a righteous teacher has great power in its working! Why is that? When we pray, we invite God to work in our classrooms and in the lives of our students! In a sense, it’s yielding to Him as the source and inviting Him be God over the situations and lives we’re praying for. Jesus gave us the best example of how to pray in Matthew 6. It illustrates exactly the point I’m trying to make. He says:
“Pray then like this: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” – Matthew 6:9, English Standard Version
Prayer Strategy for Classroom Management
I encourage you to be proactive with your prayer strategy for classroom management this year. Ask Holy Spirit to show you the most effective strategy for you and your students. As you begin, though, I might suggest including the following prayer elements:
Pray Over Your Classroom
God, let your kingdom come, your will be done, in my classroom as it is in heaven…
In a previous post I talked about shaping the spiritual atmosphere of your classroom through praise. (Click here to read the post, Secret Weapons of Classroom Management: The Power of Praise) Prayer is equally important to creating the classroom atmosphere. Ask God to fill your classroom with His Presence and peace at the beginning of the school day. As you go throughout your day, if you notice the atmosphere becoming anything that doesn’t line up with the fruit of His Spirit (i.e. confused, chaotic, rebellious, tense, anxious, stressful, etc), then ask God to intervene and fill the atmosphere with His Presence.
Pray also for God to watch over your classroom, keeping you and your students safe. You might pray Psalm 91 over your classroom space and your students.
Pray for Your Students
God, let your kingdom come, your will be done, in my students’ lives as it is in heaven…
Intercede for your students asking God to help them as they learn. Ask for Holy Spirit to enable them to make good choices. Pray that God will unlock the destiny He has put inside of them. As behavior issues and learning struggles arise, in addition to employing your natural strategies, take a moment to pray for God’s assistance and strategy to help your students overcome in those moments. He knows them best, and He has the best plan! As you see the personal struggles your students face, ask the One who made them and knows their every need to intervene in their lives. God has a vested interest in your students’ lives! He made them, and He wants to see them succeed!
Pray for God’s Guidance throughout Your Day
God, let your kingdom come, your will be done, in this school day as it is in heaven…
Before your school day begins, ask God for His guidance. I would often pray Isaiah 30:21 phrasing it as this prayer:
“God, whether I turn to the right or to the left, let me hear your voice behind me saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it.’”
Ask Holy Spirit to quicken your ear to hear Him, letting Him guide your day as you teach your students. Ask Him to show you what to do and how to navigate each and every situation that arises in your day. Doing so puts both you and your students in the flow of His blessing during the school day.
Pray for Your School
God, let your kingdom come, your will be done, in my school as it is in heaven…
As your classroom is the sphere of authority God has placed you in, your prayers carry great weight there; however, your prayers carry great influence in your school as well.
Pray for your administrators and leaders in your school. Ask God to give them wisdom and discernment as they lead.
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all people who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” – 1 Timothy 2:1, 2, English Standard Version
Pray for your students as they interact with others before school, at lunch, at recess, after school, etc. Ask Holy Spirit to guide their conversations and their choices.
Pray for the safety of your school building. You might even consider walking the halls or the perimeter of your school building asking God for His protection over the students, teachers, and administrators in your building.
Know Who Prays for You
As teachers, we truly don’t know what each day holds until we walk into it. With so many students, there are so many variables, and sometimes situations are on us before we know it. Some days truly feel like a battle. It’s important to have intercessors to pray for you, too.
I’m reminded of Moses as Israel fought Amalek. Whenever Moses held his hands up with the staff of God, Israel prevailed. When his hand lowered, Amalek prevailed. His hands grew weary, so Aaron and Hur held his hands up for him. (Exodus 17:8-16)
Do you have someone to hold up your hands? It’s important to have someone you know prays for you! Have an intercessor you can send an SOS text to when you need someone to help hold your hands up in the battle! You don’t have to break confidentiality and share details… God already knows the details!
Find an intercessor you trust who will pray at a moment’s notice, without asking questions, as he/she listens to Holy Spirit and intercedes. It’s an important part of the strategy benefiting both you and your students!
He Hears & He Answers!
“Since we have this confidence, we can also have great boldness before him, for if we present any request agreeable to his will, he will hear us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we also know that we have obtained the requests we ask of him.” – 1 John 5:15, The Passion Translation (Click here to view The Passion Translation on Amazon)
Make prayer your secret weapon in your classroom management plan this year! God hears, and He answers! You and your students will be the recipient of His blessing as His kingdom comes, His will is done in your classroom as it is in heaven!