One way to improve student achievement- on my end anyway- is to improve me, so for these last days of prayer for the next school year, I am praying through Romans 12. (I am going to work on memorizing the chapter this week as I pray.)
Day 21- God help me be willing to sacrifice for my job and my students.
Romans 12:1–Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
Day 22- God help me not to fall into accepted patterns of behavior (like griping and complaining) but renew my mind daily to think like you.
Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Day 23- Give me the humility to not think too much of myself but to see myself as I really am.
12:3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.
Day 24- Help my teammates and me to understand our gifts and work together for the most amazing sixth grade year ever.
12:6. . . We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. . .
Days 25-30- There are too many character traits in the next verses to list, so for the last days, I am reciting the last half of this chapter as a prayer for myself:
- Love must be sincere.
- Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
- Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.
- Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
- Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
- Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
- Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
- Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.
- Live in harmony with one another.
- Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position (Or willing to do menial work)
- Do not be conceited.
- Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
- Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary:“If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
- Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.