I’ve had several different classrooms and they each had a different paint color, different furniture, different set-up, different decor, etc. But one thing they always had: a prayer requests/answered prayers board.
Students were encouraged to write prayer requests on a sticky note – they could sign their name or keep it anonymous. We prayed for these items each morning during Bible devotions. But I didn’t want the kids to just pop up a prayer and forget about it. We celebrated as a class when they could move their prayer request to the Answered Prayers section, reminding us that God hears us and answers our prayers (though not always in the way or timing that we’d expect).
This special board served many purposes in our classroom:
- Reminded the students that God hears our prayers (1 John 5:14) and carries our burdens (Psalm 55:22)
- Modeled for the students how we pray individually and corporately (in a group)
- Let me get to know my students and the things/people that matter to them
- Bonded the class together – it’s hard to pray for someone and dislike them at the same time!
Tip: using sticky notes instead of dry erase markers helped keep the writing small (no more taking up the entire board) and made it easier to move from one category to the next.
Sometimes students want to share private prayer requests with their teacher. I don’t know about you, but it always helps me to pray for someone if I can pray for them specifically. So I have created a prayer request template that my students could fill out and turn in privately to me. This helped me connect with them in a deep way.
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