On behalf of Christian educators everywhere, I lift my voice to give You thanks. You are our Advocate, Blessed be Your Name, Christ Alone, Deliverer, Exquisite, Father, God Alone, Holy One, Intercessor, Jesus, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Our Maker, Name Above All Names, Omniscient, Powerful, Quintessential Essence over all things, River of Life, Savior of the World, Teacher, Understanding, Visionary, the Word, eXcellence, Yashua and the Zenith over all. Hallowed be Thy Name. Lord, we need You in our daily lives, at school, at home and everywhere we travel. We need Your Word as our guide and light. Thank You for showing us how to “Be Jesus” at school. Help us to learn how to better serve our students, administrators, parents and colleagues. Lord, we love to be prayerfully dependent upon You because there is no other way. Help us to set our minds and hearts on You at the start of each day and throughout the whole day. Convict us to pray continually for our students during the school day and look with expectation for the breakthroughs for them. Some of our students have never met You yet. Let us be a beacon of hope in their lives for a Jesus Who saves all who love Him.
On this Thanksgiving Day 2012, Lord, we are thankful for our founding fathers establishing a day of thanks to You. We are thankful that we live in a country were we still have the freedom to worship without persecution. We are grateful for schools filled with children for without them, none of us can teach. Lord, we appreciate Your high calling to become a teacher and stand humbly before You seeking the grace and peace to continue with excellence. We thank You for time off with our families and friends to celebrate Your abundant blessings in this land we love. Oh Lord, our Father, thank You for being Abundant and Sufficient for all our needs.
Dearest Lord Jesus, on this day of Thanksgiving, so many of our students and members of our school community have great needs. Please help the people still ravaged by Hurricane Sandy to find comfort and warmth. Let there be peace between Hamas and Israel. Help the widows and orphans among us and help us to be more aware of their needs and how we can be Jesus to them. Lord, bless those who are fighting cancers and other dangerous diseases. You are the only Healer. Thank You for giving our doctors and nurses, emergency caregivers and rescuers the heart and skills to care for us. Lord, please help our students to return on Monday ready to learn and with a sense of gratitude for all they have received.
We love you Lord, our Maker. We thank You great Creator, Imminent One and Holy Spirit, Breath of Life. Thank You for good health and help us to take care of our bodies that we make act like the Temple You have prepared. Please protect us in our travels this weekend and thank You for ALL our human connections. You are a Mighty God Who is Worthy to be praised.
We ask this all in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ.
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