Graduation is a time of reflection, and I am thankful for strength from the Lord who guided me along the way. I am so blessed by the support and encouragement of my loving family. I appreciate my knowledgeable, patient teachers. I couldn't have finished without you!
The only thing is, my learning is not complete. I will never be done. I love learning too much, and there are too many good books that I haven't yet explored. Teachers are required to take continuing education classes. That's great for me, as I'd do it anyway, formally or informally. I expect to continue learning and improving as long as the Lord has me on this earth, and I am constantly looking for ways to improve my teaching skills.
In his popular book, Teaching to Change Lives, Howard Hendricks shared about “older” folks who were still learning and teaching. I was especially moved by his description of the eighty-six year old who had “written out her goals for the next ten years” just before she died! Hendricks offers a suggestion on a consistent reading and study program, saying that “leaders are readers, and readers are leaders.”
I love learning along with my students: There's always something new to discover! Here's a mini-lesson plan to help respond to and practice praying the Scriptures together with students using the Lord's Prayer. I developed it as part of a Creative Bible Teaching class at GBS. My lesson uses the "Hook-Book-Look-Took" format from Creative Bible Teaching, by Lawrence O. Richards and Gary J. Bredfeldt.
Lesson Plan: How to Pray the Scriptures
Hook-Awaken a sense of personal need for teaching adults how to pray the scriptures. Share a time when you wanted to pray but your mind became a blank—perhaps a time of great danger or stress. Allow a few adults to share also.
BOOK-Teach the Lord's Prayer as an example (Matthew 6:9-13 - KJV). Put it up on the screen, using the resource at http://rwf2000.com/prayer.htm . You can also watch the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4O174gaJJzg .
LOOK-Each student could pray one sentence in the passage, applying it personally to their own life. For example, the teacher may begin with “Our Father, who art in heaven..” This will lead the prayer into a “Praise you, that I can truly call you Father!”Ask students to share where they are in their personal Bible study, and share an example of how to pray the scriptures where they are in the Bible. After praying through the verses, break up into very small (two or three people) groups to discuss about how to make each verse personal, and truly meditating on what it means.
TOOK—Teachers explain how they are praying the Scriptures in their personal Bible study and prayer. Teachers could also share a few brief passages from prayer journals. Ask the students to commit to pray the Scriptures in their personal Bible study every day until the next lesson, writing any spiritual insights and answered prayers in their journals.