The past few weeks have been busy with back to school preparations. Many of your students may have started classes already. At Tiqvah we are preparing activities, classrooms, as well as our staff and volunteers for the year to come. But one of the most important preparations we can make for the school year often gets lost in the hustle and bustle of making sure we have all our supplies, clothes, and summer readings done. Preparing our hearts for the year to come sounds like a daunting and sometimes even arduous task. However, preparing our hearts is as simple as having conversations.
Preparing our hearts for the school year takes time spent with God in prayer. At Tiqvah this week we are praying but prayer is not a one and done type of conversation. It is not a transaction. Prayer is a conversation that shares your life with God. It is not always pretty and eloquent but honest and persistent. Prayer was designed not just as a request form but to express injustices, pain, celebration, and all the things we face. The Holy Spirit even prays for us when we don’t know how or what to pray. As we think about these things we realize how big our prayers really are and how much power and importance they have. Take a few moments to consider the last time you prayed. What did that experience look like? Did it recharge you? Did you feel like you actually got to talk to God?
There is so much beauty in prayer and what God promises us about prayer. In praying for this school year and the many elements that contribute to a school year ,Luke 18:7-8 comes to mind. It says, “And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you he will see that they get justice, and quickly.” As we pray, God tells us that he brings justice for our requests even faster than we find it here on earth. Now there are many injustices we feel everyday whether they are personal injustices of relationships or the injustices of large systems that hinder our efforts to improve our lives. Thankfully we can bring each of these before God and he not only hears them but has a plan to work through them. We hope that you get some time to recharge this year, to prepare your heart, and to really bring injustice before God.
If you would like to join us in praying this school year the following items are ways we are seeking justice for our students.
Teachers: That they would see the potential in our students. That they would have wisdom, patience and strength for the school year.
Administrative Staff: That policies and decision making would be focused on the best interests of the students. That they would be finding new ways to invest in the community.
Transportation Staff: That all routes taken would be safe and free of concern. For patience and wisdom in managing student riders. That the adjustment to the new schedule would go seamlessly.
Learning: That our students would be open to learning and have all opportunities available to them to exceed their potential. That they would recognize the outstanding potential they have to change their world. That they would overcome fears of trying new things or not being able to be perfect.
Provision: For their safety and security in getting to and from school as well as in their home lives. For provision in all their needs whether they be physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual.