When I was a little boy, my Great Aunt Bessie had a placard in her living room which said, “Expect a Miracle.” Aunt Bessie wasn’t a theologian or a Bible scholar, but she had a child-like faith in the power of prayer.
I thought about Aunt Bessie today because of a request from a friend who’s a teacher in a local fourth-grade classroom. She can’t tell others the names and situations of the students in her classes, but she’s asking some of us — those who believe in prayer — to pray for particular students in her classroom this year.
She has three classes of 31 students and each desk in her room is assigned a number. She’s asking others to choose any number between 1 and 31 — and to pray for the specific three students who are assigned to that desk.
“You can pray for them in many ways,” she said, “their academics, their home life, their health, their families, their friendships, their worries, their fears, dreams, however you feel led to pray. You can pray that I am the teacher each student needs and that I’m able to reach them academically and that I’ll be able to build a relationship with them during this time with me — and that I’ll be able to encourage them and make a difference in their lives.”