Prayer for our Schools - 1/5/17

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness. And he went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet,

“The voice of one crying in the wilderness:

‘Prepare the way of the Lord,

    make his paths straight. 

Every valley shall be filled,

    and every mountain and hill shall be made low,

and the crooked shall become straight,

    and the rough places shall become level ways,

and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’”

He said therefore to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruits in keeping with repentance. (Luke 3:1-8a ESV)

O Lord, John the Baptist, by his preaching,  challenged those who heard him to examine their lives and repent where they were wrong. By Your Word, bring repentance into the hearts of our students who have bullied, cheated, lied, been disrespectful, or done other wrong. By the same Word, bring repentance into the hearts of our teachers who have been unprepared to teach, shown favoritism among the students, spread rumors about others, or done other wrong. For the sake of Jesus, forgive them and strengthen them to live in the light of Your love; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord.