Lord God, you have made us educators. We use words and wisdom to forge the heads, hearts, and hands of our students for a lifetime of servant leadership, for the glory of God and the good of our neighbors, the nations, and the next generation. That is what You have called and equipped us to do.
But lest our knowledge puff us up, we recall the words of Your servant Matthew Henry who said, “We shall see how little reason we have to be proud of our knowledge when we consider how many things we are ignorant of.” And we remember the words of James, our Lord’s brother, who warned “not many of you should become teachers, for we who teach will be judged with a greater judgment.” The task of teaching is beyond the teacher, Lord. We desperately need You.
So, we come to You, Father, who with a word spoke everything into existence. We ask You to give us Your words and Your wisdom so that our students will be transformed by what they learn. We come to You, humbly Lord, knowing that our first parents were deceived by wily words and lured into rebellion against You by the promise of wayward wisdom. We recognize that tendency in ourselves and our students as well. We come to You, King Jesus, for You are the Word “made flesh” who came “full of grace and truth.” Through Your life, death, and resurrected life you have proclaimed the words and performed the works of Your Kingdom. We trust that You will give our words flesh when we teach, so that we and our students may be made new by the grace and truth of Christ crucified. We come to You, Holy Spirit; You are the breath of God, the One whom Jesus called “the Spirit of truth.” We ask that You would fill us and fall on us as we gather here to make plans with and for the use of our words and wisdom for the coming year.
We thank You, Lord God, for the privilege to teach, and we depend on You now for the power to do it.
In the name of our Lord Jesus, I pray, Amen.
~ Jimmy Davis, prayed at a faculty meeting on September 19, 2008