Commit your plans to the Lord, and they will succeed. – Proverbs 16:3
Whatever you do, do it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. – Colossians 3:23
Almost 10 years ago, a few teachers from Tamassee-Salem Middle/High School got together before school and prayed. All teachers had been invited, but I knew the only ones that would show up were the ones who were serious about calling themselves Christians. Originally, we tried to meet on Wednesday mornings before school. When it got more and more difficult to meet, I started e-mailing these teachers things to think about along with a list of people and things to pray for. Except for a few weeks here and there, I have sent a Wednesday Morning Devotional to a group of people every Wednesday since then.
So WMD was started for teachers who called themselves Christians to really make a difference in public schools. What is stopping you from asking God to fill you with His Holy Spirit before you leave home? Why would you not praise Him on your way to work? Could you say a prayer, out loud, while you touch each desk in your room before your students even come in? Wouldn’t it be a good idea to ask God to make you the teacher He wants you to be? I’m ashamed to admit that as I look at the first WMD I ever wrote, I’ve just not done these things consistently like I should. No wonder we are losing the spiritual battle. The first WMD I ever wrote was sent to about six people. Here is what it said:
We talked this morning about committing “whatever we do” to the Lord. If we do this, our plans WILL succeed! (Proverbs 16:3) I’ve made an effort to memorize this verse and say it every time I plan a lesson or start a lesson. We talked about the difference in submitting plans and committing plans. We have to submit plans to show on paper what we are going to do. But, when we commit these plans, we are executing them as if the Lord is our boss instead of just people (Colossians 3:23). I know we have only had two of these meetings so far, but they have been a great encouragement. Let’s pray that more and more will come and that we will call upon the Lord to help us. We may not be able to pray inside school and during class time, but we certainly can on our own time. If we do, I believe God will be honored and He will help us.
Lord, Christians who actually take time to pray are becoming scarce. Send revival to us, Lord! Make us a people of prayer. I hate seeing us lose so badly. The world and evil has upped its game on our children while we sit idly by and watch. The children see no real deal Christians in action. They only see powerless church attendees who are struggling just to get through the days and wishing for the weekend. Make the church a powerful force again, Lord! Help us to play some offense and quit getting our brains kicked in trying to play defense all the time. With you as The Captain of our team, how can we lose?
Thy will be done, here on earth, as it is in Heaven.
Pray, church! Pray! Make it the priority of your life!