The Catechism says:

“Prayer is the life of the new heart. It ought to animate us at every moment. But we tend to forget him who is our life and our all. This is why the Fathers of the spiritual life in the Deuteronomic and prophetic traditions insist that prayer is a remembrance of God often awakened by the memory of the heart: “We must remember God more often than we draw breath.”1 But we cannot pray “at all times” if we do not pray at specific times, consciously willing it. These are the special times of Christian prayer, both in intensity and duration (Para. #2697)”.

Seek to take time as class begins and as you conclude class to draw your students into prayer.  I shared in a previous teaching tip that this could mean going into the church and being quiet and still, sometimes its gathering them around your a prayer space in your classroom and at other times it’s having everyone stand to take time for prayer and each person sharing a petition or two.

It is also very important to use Scripture as you pray since it is God’s very Word to us. For example, recently I was teaching on Baptism to 6th Graders and before class started I asked 3 students to read a specific Scripture verse during our opening prayer.  They read those 3 Scriptures (which spoke of Baptism) and then I prayed a spontaneous prayer building on what they read.

How are you building a habit of prayer into your lessons? How are you helping students know how to pray and listen to God?

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