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Praying for Educators

March 08, 2017

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The following is John's testimony about prayerwalking with Greg Taylor at Broken Arrow High School March 3, 2017.

John Dickmann prays in front of Broken Arrow High School.

John Dickmann prays in front of Broken Arrow High School.

As Greg and I walked and prayed, students were arriving for school, and I thought about what Jesus said in Matthew 18:20: “For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.”  I truly felt Christ presence as we prayerwalked together. 

We gave thanks for teachers who unselfishly give of themselves each day in the classroom, serving and instructing the next generation. 

Greg and I prayed for teachers, administrators, nurses, secretaries, counselors, teacher assistants, cafeteria workers and custodians. We prayed for strength, knowledge, wisdom, patience, mercy so staff are able to forgive, have peace and endurance. 

We crossed the drive where school buses were coming and going, and I was amazed when Greg immediately started praying for the school bus drivers. He referred to those buses as an extension of the classroom where bus drivers have an opportunity to teach life skills to their passengers.

We prayed the following prayer: 

Lord, make all employees who work here instruments of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let them sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that they may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that they receive;
It is in pardoning that they are pardoned;
It is in dying to self that they are born to eternal life.

 

From a Prayer traditionally ascribed to Saint Francis of Assisi

We finished by reading 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 as the basis for our final prayer.