Although I chuckled at my kindergarten students’ responses, I counted their eagerness to listen as a predictor of learner success.
Years ago, I’d designed a lesson on evaporation. The five-year-olds noticed the water level in our uncovered classroom aquarium was lower than usual. I asked, “What do you think happened to the water?”
Stacey guessed I’d scooped some out, and Adrian asked if the aquarium had leaked. Then Brian bounced up and down and yelled, “I know, I know. The fish drank it.”
Stephanie folded her arms and said, “No, they didn’t, Brian. Mrs. Waters, tell us what really happened to the water.” Twenty-five little wiggly bodies paused, tilted their faces toward mine, and waited for an answer.
What if we began each day, hearts tilted toward Jesus, our Teacher, with the enthusiasm of my kindergarten students?
At this time of year, students and teachers prepare to meet new challenges. Each season of learning requires an eager mind set and determination to discover truth.
You and I may not enroll in a class this month, but when the sun rises each morning, new opportunities unfurl to delight in God’s presence and marvel at His lessons. Filled with enthusiasm for learning, we can ask God to transform our hearts as we study the Bible.
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Let’s pray each morning with the psalmist,
Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your law.Psalm 119:18 NKJV*
Are you ready for a new season of learning with God? Sharpen your pencils and note any verses or ideas below that resonate with you.
Four P’s for Eager Students of God’s Word
We can ask God to teach us what we need to learn. He may remind us of a lesson we’ve forgotten, lead us into deeper study of a familiar passage, or show us verses we haven’t studied before. I like to pray words of Scripture like these:
Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation. On You I wait all the day.Psalm 25:4-5
Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, for in You do I trust. Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, for I lift up my soul to You.Psalm 143:8
2. Prepare your heart.
Receptive students who understand the relevance of a lesson learn best. When we humble ourselves and admit our need for God’s daily guidance, our hearts open to His teaching. He promises to forgive confessed sin and instruct us.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.Psalm 32:8
3. Position yourself to listen.
Jesus’ followers and curious bystanders gathered to listen when He taught on the hillsides. Surely, their homes and occupations held numerous tasks, but they paused and positioned themselves to hear Jesus speak.
When Jesus visited the home of Lazarus, Martha complained about Mary’s failure to help with meal preparation. Jesus honored Mary’s choice to sit at His feet and listen to His teaching (Luke 10:38-42).
Mary, the disciples, and the hillside crowd shouldered daily responsibilities like we do. The stance or location matters not, but we each need time to meet with God. What’s the best time and place for you?
4. Ponder biblical lessons you learn.
Meditate on the verses or passages you study and record in a journal what God teaches you. Ask Him to transform your heart with His Word.
James 1:22 reminds us, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only.”
Ponder these questions:
- How will I obey His words and honor Him today?
- How will my walk with Jesus change because of this passage?
- In what ways will my study lead to a more victorious life with Christ?
- Armed with Truth, how will the Light of Jesus shine from my life this week?
- How will the sword of the Spirit, God’s Word, help me fight spiritual battles (Ephesians 6:11-17)?
Are you ready for a new season of learning with God?
Let us hear from you
Won’t you contribute to our “class discussion?” The Bible says, “Iron sharpens iron,” to remind us we need each other.
What makes you eager to learn from God? How do you tune your ears and position yourself to hear from Him each day? We’re eager to hear your answers.
*All verses are taken from the NKJV.
Would you like to pray for students and teachers as they begin a new school year? Here’s a former blog post on the topic: https://www.jeanniewaters.com/blog/three-ways-you-can-influence-the-lives-of-hundreds-pray-for-schools-in-your-community/